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14 Inspirational Quotes on Strategy Execution

by Marina Martinez on August 26, 2014


It can be very easy for business leaders to get so focused on daily responsibilities and the crisis of the moment that there never seems enough time to devote to developing a sound business strategy and a plan to carry it out. Yet, business success rests on strategy execution. That’s why we thought it might be helpful to pull together some quotes from famous leaders and authors on the subject. Perhaps you’ll find one or two inspirational.

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” —Sir Winston Churchill

“Vision without action is a daydream. Action with without vision is a nightmare.” —Japanese proverb

“Building a visionary company requires one percent vision and 99 percent alignment.” —Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, Built to Last

“Strategy execution is the responsibility that makes or breaks executives.” —Alan Branche and Sam Bodley-Scott, Implementation

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” —Sun Tzu

“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?”  —Henry David Thoreau

“Execution is a specific set of behaviors and techniques that companies need to master in order to have competitive advantage. It’s a discipline of its own.” —Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy, Execution

“You’ve got to eat while you dream. You’ve got to deliver on short-range commitments, while you develop a long-range strategy and vision and implement it. The success of doing both. Walking and chewing gum if you will. Getting it done in the short-range, and delivering a long-range plan, and executing on that.” —Jack Welch

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” —Peter Drucker

“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things so that all the small things go in the right direction.” —Alvin Toffler

“In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.” —Arnold H. Glasgow

“The result of bad communication is a disconnection between strategy and execution.”  —Chuck Martin, former vice president, IBM

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” —Jack Welch

Hopefully, these reflections have you thinking about strategy execution in your company. If you’re ready to act and would like to learn more about where strategy execution often breaks down in companies, download your free copy of our eBook, “4 Reasons CEOs Struggle to Align Employee Goals to Corporate Strategy.” It explores how you can overcome these obstacles to successfully define, communicate and execute your strategic vision.


Topics: Company Alignment

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