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Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution by Edwin Boswell, Henry Frechette, Jocelyn Davis

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Leaders Drive Initiatives

TO ACCELERATE INITIATIVE EXECUTION, senior leaders need to do more than just “sponsor” initiatives; they need to get behind the wheel and drive. Our Global Speed Survey found that one of the key leadership factors differentiating faster companies from slower companies is the presence of “Leaders who can execute strategic projects in a speedy and effective manner.” We call this practice driving initiatives. Driving initiatives increases clarity by defining specific objectives, roles, and plans; increases unity by helping each person see exactly how his or her behaviors contribute to the whole; and increases agility by keeping leaders’ hands “on the steering wheel” so that course corrections can be made.

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