5 Key Steps to Bridge the Strategy-Execution Gap

ByEmeka Okonkwo

5 Key Steps to Bridge the Strategy-Execution Gap

Operational leadership stands as the linchpin between lofty organizational strategies and their practical execution. Operational leadership plays a pivotal role in translating organizational strategy into actionable plans that drive business success. In this blog, we unveil five indispensable steps utilized by adept operational leaders to seamlessly connect strategic visions with tangible results to bridge strategy-implementation gap.

Step 1: Formulate Operational Strategy: This foundational step involves developing a clear plan to achieve business objectives in alignment with the overarching business strategy. Operational leaders work closely with senior management to define strategic priorities and outline the operational tactics required to realize them.

Step 2: Establish Operational Policies: Once the strategic direction is established, operational leaders set the standards and guidelines that will govern day-to-day operations. These policies serve as the framework for decision-making and ensure consistency and compliance across the organization.

Step 3: Define Operational Processes: With strategic objectives and policies in place, operational leaders design and implement the processes necessary to execute the strategy effectively. This involves identifying the specific tasks, workflows, and procedures required to deliver products or services in line with organizational goals.

Step 4: Adequately Align Operational Strategy, Policies, and Processes: Successful execution hinges on the seamless alignment of operational strategy, policies, and processes. Operational leaders continually assess and refine these elements to ensure they remain in sync with evolving business priorities and market dynamics.

Step 5: Build and Lead an Effective Operational Team: Finally, effective operational leadership requires assembling and empowering a capable team to execute the operational strategy. Operational leaders cultivate a culture of collaboration, accountability, and continuous improvement, providing guidance and support to ensure team members are equipped to succeed.

By following these five steps, operational leaders can bridge the gap between strategy and implementation, driving organizational performance and achieving sustainable business results.

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About the author

Emeka Okonkwo administrator

Emeka is a former IBM strategy, technology, and management consultant; an operational excellence leader; process management expert; and an entrepreneur with over 25yrs international experience in both public and private sector. He is very passionate about helping organizations become globally competitive by bridging the strategy-execution gap