How to NOT Execute Your Strategy (and what to do about it)

by Tim Ohai

“…on average, 95% of a company’s employees are unaware of, or do not understand, its strategy”

(From Harvard Business Review, October, 2005, by Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton)

Which begs the question: If so many people are not following the actual strategy, what are they executing?

The simple answer is that they are making up their own strategies. Or worse, they are undoing  ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • Feet Are More Powerful Than Words

    Feet Are More Powerful Than Words

    Do your leaders struggle to execute strategy? In this brand new episode of “How to NOT Execute Your Strategy”, acclaimed executive, author, and speaker Peter Lynch shares how he failed miserably to get leaders to buy into his strategy and how he used his feet to get things back on track. Peter also dives into the best practices and concepts he uses to consistently develop high-performing team leaders. Listen to this conversation now. And you can find the show notes and leader guide here: https://timohai.com/feet-are-more-powerful-than-words

  • What Happens If You DON'T Know Change Management (with Chris Hall)

    What Happens If You DON'T Know Change Management (with Chris Hall)

    How do you get your employees to consistently align – especially across 39 countries? In the latest episode of How to NOT Execute Your Strategy, I interviewed Chris Hall to learn how he got 95% of his entire organization (39 countries) to be aligned around the company strategy. Anyone who has ever been in leadership knows how amazing (and difficult) this is. Chris breaks down the core principles he uses and the ways that makes sure his own leaders have the same approach. Listen to this conversation now. And you can find the show notes and leader guide here: https://timohai.com/what-happens-if-you-dont-know-change-management #Podcast #Strategy #StrategicThinking #StrategicExecution #Leadership #ChangeManagement

  • How sleep literally affects every decision you make (with Giles Watkins)

    How sleep literally affects every decision you make (with Giles Watkins)

    What does it take to be a leader no matter where you are in the world? In the latest episode of How to NOT Execute Your Strategy, I interviewed Giles Watkins to learn his best practices for navigating the complexities of international cultures while getting a key strategy to deliver results. He had great insights, but our conversation eventually turned to a problem that afflicts many - losing the ability to sleep. Giles breaks down what he had to do in order to be the leader he needed to be. Listen to this conversation now. And you can find the show notes and leader guide here: https://timohai.com/how-sleep-literally-affects-every-decision-you-make #Podcast #Strategy #StrategicThinking #StrategicExecution #Leadership #Sleep

  • Emilio Herrera: How to get your people to accept change

    Emilio Herrera: How to get your people to accept change

    Dr. Emilio Herrera is the Chief Health Officer of Keralty, a leading multi-national health group that supports everything from health care prodder education local health clinics. Emilio has been integral to the creation and execution of their Comprehensive Health Model strategy that impacts the lives of literally millions of people. In this episode, Emilio shares the lessons he has learned about how to get your people to accept the change that the strategy demands - and what happens when they do not. Get the show notes and leader guide here: https://timohai.com/how-to-get-your-people-to-accept-change

  • Craig Humphreys: How being the smartest person in the room can RUIN your team

    Craig Humphreys: How being the smartest person in the room can RUIN your team

    Craig Humphreys is literally the most interesting person that Tim knows in the world. While he is currently the CEO of TransPac Systems and the co-founder and COO of Stygian HC, he is also: A former analyst for the CIA, earning a presidential citation for his efforts to end the Cold War Former member of the SETI team, searching for intelligent life in the universe One of the early pioneers of CGI in cinema Former CTO of HEB A legend in IT consulting, which has led him to support everything from data security at the Super Bowl to helping architect Facebook’s platform when it evolved from college site to social media phenomenon A black belt in three forms of martial arts… and a scratch golfer In this episode, Craig shares the lessons he has learned about how over-shadowing the efforts of your team leads to stagnation – and the changes needed to reverse everything and generate massive breakthroughs. Get the show notes and leader guide here: https://timohai.com/how-to-not-execute-your-strategy-s2e4-craig-humphreys