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How to Link Strategy Deployment into Day-to-Day Operations

A systems approach to creating high performance

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 13:49

(CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- Many organizations develop strategic plans that gather dust on bookshelves. Driving Strategy to Execution Using Lean Six Sigma: A Framework for Creating High Performance Organizations, by Gerhard Plenert and Tom Cluley (CRC Press, 2012) details how to link strategy deployment into the fabric of day-to-day operations.

View abstracts of all chapters here.

Bolstered by real-world examples of successful strategy execution, the book provides:
• An organizational framework for understanding the strategic process
• A model to follow when developing and executing short-range (five years out) strategies
• A model for longer range visioning, scenario modeling, and strategy execution
• An assessment tool for measuring an organization’s transformation to high performance
• A full overview of strategic planning principles
• Tools for successful implementation of strategy for change
• Complete presentation of models and metrics that work
• Information on fully integrating vision and deployment, bridging the gap between plan and execution to achieve success
• Includes private- and public-sector case studies that demonstrate success from a real-world, competitive, global perspective

The framework provides a proven methodology that takes a systems approach to creating high performance. It presents the core process of strategy development and strategy alignment and deployment (SA&D) with the governing process of driving the right metrics through a balanced scorecard approach focused on the organization’s value stream. It then combines this with the enabling process of change management and the creation of a culture of problem solving, waste elimination, and internal discipline to standard work.

Anyone can write a book on the procedures behind “strategy” without understanding the key drivers that give a strategy excitement, commitment, and fire. Here, Gerhard Plenert and Tom Cluley do more than that. First, they examine how to make a strategy meaningful and powerful. Then they underline the critical piece to strategy development—the execution piece—which takes the glossy strategy brochure off the shelf and makes a usable and executable plan. The book focuses on how to build great strategies and includes examples of what makes them great. It demonstrates how a well-developed strategy generates excitement within an organization, offering you the tools to navigate and design a workable and achievable plan for success for your organization.


Organizational Framework
Organization Performance Model
Executing the Strategy
World Class Strategy Status

About Gerhard Plenert and Tom Cluley

Gerhard Plenert is a senior strategy and lean consultant at MainStream GS LLC in Carmichael, California. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in strategy and change management consulting, including work on lean and Six Sigma methods.

Tom Cluley is the chief operations partner at MainStream GS LLC. He leads a team of professional management consultants working with commercial organizations and various major commands of the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, and public sector agencies, helping to develop and execute their strategies by leveraging lean and Six Sigma tools and methods.



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