At last week's Michigan State University Simplified Strategic Planning seminar, we had a great discussion about the four pillars of strategy implementation. These four things are the best practices held in common by all of the companies I've worked with who achieved 100% of their strategic objectives. They are:
1. Good objective setting
2. Well-written action plans
3. Good allocation of both time and financial resources
4. Routine monthly monitoring of action plan progress
Are you doing all of these things well? If implementation is an issue for you - as it is for most companies - you might want to think about how you can improve your effectiveness in these four areas.