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
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
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How to Deliver Impactful Reviews
1. Review the deliverables
2. Review the strategic landscape
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