SPEED IS NOT ABOUT concocting brilliant strategies; it’s about leaders who know how to accelerate execution of strategies by adopting the right mind-set and taking the right actions—actions that are focused on mobilizing people. Strategic speed is where urgency meets execution, and that means you don’t need to go into a bunker and spend months doing analyses and drawing up complex plans in order to see improvement. Rather, organizations can get immediate traction by equipping every one of their leaders to think and behave in speed-promoting ways.
As a leader, however, you may be wondering: where do I begin? The four tools in this chapter provide a guide: