I’ve come to a simple conclusion. We and our organisations will no longer be rewarded for mediocrity – duh! But wait – if it’s so simple why do so many of our leaders assume they can get away with it? Another simple conclusion – they don’t know their organisations are mediocre. They listen to the rhetoric (most are only fed good news, sad but true) and see the KPIs and assume that they are brilliant; they don’t know the truth. The truth, ladies and gentlemen, is where the work is done. That is where all the policies and planning must come to fruition. As Peter Drucker, the late management guru, exclaimed, “eventually everything must degenerate into work”.
I’ve spent much of my time over the past 14 years listening to managers. They say (every one of them) “my job is to do strategy”. So I subsequently spent much of the past five years getting a deep understanding of strategy. And I’m afraid those ‘strategy’ managers have been conned or are deluded. Read more »