Get Honest Feedback on Your Strategy

Your strategy is sound, but you can't get it off the ground. That's probably because people in your unit are afraid to talk frankly and publicly about obstacles to change. But to execute your strategy, you need the unvarnished truth: Does your organization have the right culture, structure, and leadership to support your strategy? Who might be threatened by proposed changes?

To get the truth, ask key employees and managers a simple question about your strategy: "What are the strengths we should build on and the barriers we should remove in implementing this strategy?" To counter "shoot the messenger" fears, promise people that their feedback will be confidential.

Today's Management Tip of the Day was adapted from the HBR article, "How to Have an Honest Conversation About Your Business Strategy," by Michael Beer and Russell A. Eisenstat.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  July 16, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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