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Publication date: 7 January 2014

Robin Speculand

A precarious skills gap is emerging among leaders around the world – that is, they lack the skills to implement the strategies they create. .

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A precarious skills gap is emerging among leaders around the world – that is, they lack the skills to implement the strategies they create. .

Design/methodology/approach

Offers a viewpoint based on the author's experience.

Findings

Organizations that recognize this skills gap are providing the required training. The training addresses how leaders must be able to craft and implement strategy as well as stay constantly committed to its implementation through follow up. They are also responsible for creating the right conditions for the implementation and making adjustments as required

Practical implications

Offers five practical recommendations for successful strategy implementation.

Originality/value

This paper argues that the current generation of leaders has been taught how to craft strategy but not how to execute it.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 30 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 12 October 2012

Robin Speculand

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Strategic HR Review, vol. 11 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1475-4398

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Publication date: 24 April 2009

Robin Speculand

In the last few years the field of strategy implementation has been growing. Much of the current literature explains the “why”. This paper aims to shift the thinking from…

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Purpose

In the last few years the field of strategy implementation has been growing. Much of the current literature explains the “why”. This paper aims to shift the thinking from the “why” to the “how”. Leaders are now beginning to state that they understand that it is important to implement as well as design the strategy and are asking “What do I need to do differently” so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past and avoid being a casualty of the “9 out of 10 failure rate”.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based on the findings from eight years of interviewing over 300 leaders about the implementation of their strategy. It is also based on the research the author has done for his new book Beyond Strategy, to be published shortly.

Findings

The key finding is that leaders must adopt six mind shifts.

Research limitations/implications

There is very little research in the field of strategy implementation. Bridges (the company run by the author) is one of the few to have been researching the field for eight years.

Practical implications

The paper targets the six mind shifts leaders must have in order to implement their strategy.

Originality/value

The value of the paper is that there is very little published writing on the field of strategy implementation and even less on how to implement it. There are few tools and techniques available in the field, especially when compared with how you create a strategy.

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Business Strategy Series, vol. 10 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1751-5637

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Publication date: 11 October 2011

Robin Speculand

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Strategic Direction, vol. 27 no. 11
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 1 March 2006

Robin Speculand

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Strategic Direction, vol. 22 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 1 October 2006

Robin Speculand

Challenges the notion that people resist change and puts forward a strategy for getting the majority of people in an organisation to support a change initiative.

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Purpose

Challenges the notion that people resist change and puts forward a strategy for getting the majority of people in an organisation to support a change initiative.

Design/methodology/approach

Identifies four main groups within organisations – saboteurs, groupies, double agents and mavericks – and puts forward opinions on how best to lead each group.

Findings

Argues that mavericks need to be supported and rewarded for their contributions, groupies must be driven and encouraged, double agents have to be persuaded and convinced and saboteurs must be handled carefully and effectively and must not be allowed to become the focal point of leadership efforts.

Practical implications

Reveals that, with the right management styles, most people will support or go along with organisational changes.

Originality/value

Contends that leaders must lead from the front when dealing with saboteurs, lead from the middle with groupies, and lead from behind with mavericks. Double agents can be convinced only through actions.

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Human Resource Management International Digest, vol. 14 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0967-0734

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Publication date: 23 January 2007

Robin Speculand

The purpose of this paper is to examine investment market strategy and risk.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine investment market strategy and risk.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper presents a number of examples of companies which have been had either success or failure, and discusses the lessons learned.

Findings

The paper finds that it is important to apply the a good strategy to risk management as well as investing in strategy creation and implementation.

Originality/value

The paper provides useful information on risk management strategy.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 23 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 23 August 2011

Robin Speculand

In business, the statistic that nine out of ten strategies fail has gone viral over the last couple of years. A prime reason for this is that leaders are under intense

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In business, the statistic that nine out of ten strategies fail has gone viral over the last couple of years. A prime reason for this is that leaders are under intense pressure in the current economic conditions to deliver on their strategy promises to shareholders. This article offers advice on how to execute a successful strategy within your organization.

Design/methodology/approach

Gives advice for businesses that are trying to implement their next strategy, highlighting the importance of learning from past mistakes and making the right choices.

Findings

Leaders must recognize that strategy implementation is extremely difficult and that they habitually underestimate its challenges. They perceive crafting strategy as the harder challenge and therefore by default blame the toughest area when it fails. Executing strategy, however, is just as tough as crafting the right strategy.

Practical implications

Provides tangible strategies that managers can adopt to enhance the effectiveness of their business strategy.

Originality/value

This article offers sage advice on how to implement a successful strategy, focusing on some of the trends that will start to appear over the next few years.

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Strategic Direction, vol. 27 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Publication date: 7 November 2008

Robin Speculand and Ruchira Chaudhary

Vision, Mission and Values are buzzwords that many leaders have grasped on to and attempted to adopt. Most, however, have failed to inculcate the values. What is missing…

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Purpose

Vision, Mission and Values are buzzwords that many leaders have grasped on to and attempted to adopt. Most, however, have failed to inculcate the values. What is missing is a model to translate values into actions and behviours.

Design/methodology/approach

The Value Inculcation Model introduces a four step approach that links Values to Organizational Performance. It is based on ten years research and work by Bridges Business Consultancy Int.

Findings

By identifying core values, changing attitudes and encouraging new behaviours, the organisation will start to transform.

Originality/value

Identifying the values for an organisation is only step one of a four step process. To successfully become a value‐driven organisation, leaders must translate core values into what it means to staff member's attitude and behaviours and then consider the overall impact to Organisational performance.

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Business Strategy Series, vol. 9 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1751-5637

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