Essential Pillars for a Successful Strategy Execution

It’s hard to describe what is going wrong with your team when they have the strategy in place and even work all day at the desk but cannot achieve said goals.

The year is closing off, and the business has not moved much. Team leaders may feel the employees are not doing the hard work, but the reasons could be the bad strategies or their work is not aligned with the planned strategy.

Companies today are adapting to the fast-paced business environment, and startups are more likely to roll strategies that their people can update as they work towards achieving essential organizational goals.

Let’s see how business owners and leader can enable their people to work effectively on a better strategy.

5 Pillars of Strategy Execution

Five strong pillars you need to effectively execute strategies at your organization

After creating a well-thought business plan and strategies for your organization, you need to consider where your personnel is going wrong in executing the plan.

Get the group together and openly discuss the barriers to implementing well-planned strategies.

Try to make people realize their mistakes and enable them to correct their course in the future.

1. Clarity on the Business Goals and Strategy

Everyone needs some sort of mind GPS to reach the outcomes. The main organizational goals usually decided by the top leaders guide the whole organization toward impactful business growth.

Now, the team cannot make strategies out of thin air. Goals are the guiding points to making effective strategies.

The workforce must know their team and organization-level goals before they start the discussion and strategic planning. One good way to establish clarity is using an OKR framework at the organization.

Ensure that everyone has been assigned their OKRs that align with the main organizational goals. You should even use cloud-based OKR management software for this goals management and transparency.

2. Planning and Committing to the Strategy

A lot of companies lack alignment between their strategies and business goals.  When this happens, the crew has no idea why they are not moving forward.

They cannot explain that even after much hard work, they could not achieve some part of the essential goals.

Bring the people together and carefully work out strategies that prioritize important organizational goals, and workers can link their jobs to the strategy and organizational objectives.

Then, the team has to stick to the decided plan. Bring all the stakeholders to the same page by agreeing to the strategy and letting them know they are accountable for the outcomes.

3. Continuous Performance Management

Around 43% of highly engaged workers get feedback at least once weekly.

Strategies are not a one-time job. There are no perfect strategies, but to make the strategic processes work, the employees must review their progress routinely to find errors and correct them.

That is where a constant performance evaluation comes in. If you need to truly impact the strategic operations at your company, the team must be involved in more frequent reviews. 

Effective performance management happens when everyone on the team is assigned company-aligned OKRs, and they constantly review progress, actively collaborate and fix things that are not working.

This management system ensures that the team works in the right direction by measuring their performance, not relying on intuition, and improving as individuals and teams.

4. Driving Innovation with Control

New ideas help the group solve business problems that come with growth. An innovative approach to strategic planning allows companies to succeed in times of change.

But you cannot let the new ideas move your planning or strategy execution from the right track. To implement the plan effectively, you should set clear rules that define who makes the final decisions or strategies that must not change.

Enable your employees to experiment and brainstorm on the team level with proper alignment with the business objectives.

5. Resources Allocation

Today’s business scenario is based on fast-changing dynamics. You found a way to optimize your strategy with time, but what about adapting to varying demands from the different departments at your company with time?

It cannot be a one-time decision. The reallocation of funds and human resources plays a game-changing role in SaaS industries. Companies with a high growth rate show that they rapidly adapt to changing business dynamics and adopt a fluid resource reallocation.

For example, a company improved its NRR by upskilling its customer success team. The major challenge for resource allocation is deciding where to put the resources to get the most value.

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Gaurav Sabharwal


Gaurav is the CEO of JOP (Joy of Performing), an OKR and high-performance enabling platform. With almost two decades of experience in building businesses, he knows what it takes to enable high performance within a team and engage them in the business. He supports organizations globally by becoming their growth partner and helping them build high-performing teams by tackling issues like lack of focus, unclear goals, unaligned teams, lack of funding, no continuous improvement framework, etc. He is a Certified OKR Coach and loves to share helpful resources and address common organizational challenges to help drive team performance. Read More

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