The Alignment-Focused Organization: SAP’s Guide to Aligning Day-to-Day Execution with Organizational Strategy
Most companies have a well-defined strategy, but fall short on execution. While there are various reasons for this, most often execution fails because day-to-day operations are not aligned with organizational goals. Though there are many culprits, common reasons for failed execution — the gap between strategy and execution — include monitoring the wrong metrics; lack of organization-wide understanding of strategy; no link between operational activities and organizational goals; inability to prioritize day-to-day work appropriately; and no mechanism for sharing best practices across the company. This article discusses how to bridge the gap between day-to-day execution and overall strategy.