I find Strategy as a subject, very interesting. It is made up by so many aspects, but more than everything, it is about understanding the environment in which one operates, being adaptive and forward thinking and being able to lead change.
The implementation of strategy is often where the strategy fails. It’s where everything ties together and everyone comes together to execute change. Needless to say, implementing a strategy in an organization is a demanding process and there are many challenges linked to it. In John P. Kotter’s article ´Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fails he brings up how to lead a change process in an organization and why it so easily fails. He does this by talking about the 8 stages in the change process, which are also the challenges and pitfalls.
Let’s tackle them one by one. Starting in this post with the 4 first stages/challenges of strategy implementation: