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Review to ensure that implementation is on track

It is essential to adjust your implementation along the way. The only way you know what needs to be corrected is by regularly reviewing your progress. But many organizations do not have the discipline to do this. Leaders are responsible for creating the space and the time for frequent reviews and for ensuring the right actions toward the right outcomes are being taken.

Benefits of regular review

  1. Demonstrates the importance of the new strategy to the whole organization
  2. Changes the dialogue among leaders from talking mostly about operational issues to also talking about strategic issues
  3. Keeps the strategy on the leaders’ radar
Why review is important to you
Introduced by Robin Speculand, Global Pioneer & Implementation Specialist

Make Your Review Work for You

How to Structure and Craft Reviews

Implementation reviews should be held at least every two weeks. Each review examines different components so that by the end of every quarter leaders have a complete assessment of the implementation progress.

Leaders are responsible for creating space for the implementation reviews. Agendas are already full and if a concerted effort is not made to structure the reviews, then they will not happen, as it is too easy to be swept along by the current of everyday activities. By placing the question “What have you done this week to implement the strategy?” as the first item on the agenda, leaders can change the discussions and dialogues across the whole organization.

 

The Underlying Principles of an Effective Review

1. Transparency

To avoid a lack of confidence in the implementation, leaders must make sure that there is transparency throughout the implementation.

2. Confidence in Numbers

Reviews are both quantitative and qualitative. It is critical that the numbers reported are accurate.

3. Responsibility - for Taking the Right Action

An effective leader follows up with staff members to make sure they did what they said they were going to do. A good review starts by checking the progress of the actions agreed to be taken from the previous review.

4. Frequency of Review - Every Two Weeks

A critical success factor of strategy implementation is that it stays on the leaders’ radar and is adjusted along the way. This can only happen if the reviews are frequent and effective.

5. Plain Language

It is too easy to become lost in the complexity of strategy and to use terms and language that is confusing. Reviews should use plain language and avoid jargon whenever possible.

 

More about Review

The Eleven Objectives of an Review

1. Introduce into the organizational culture the discipline of conducting regular reviews
2. Identify changes in conditions
... and more

 

How to Deliver Impactful Reviews

1. Review the deliverables
2. Review the strategic landscape
... and more

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