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

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Leaders Manage Climate

WE NOW SHIFT OUR ATTENTION to two leadership practices that help increase speed not only when you’re dealing with a specific strategic initiative or large project, but also when you want to increase the speed of an organization’s or team’s daily work. Managing climate is the first of these drivers of “everyday execution.” Managing climate increases clarity by giving people opportunities for dialogue about goals and objectives; increases unity by setting the stage for collaboration and teamwork; and increases agility by encouraging flexibility and confidence in making decisions and pursuing goals.

Simply put, climate is people’s perceptions of the work environment—what it feels like to work in a place. (A more technical ...

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