Friday, July 13, 2007

Guy Kawasaki must read: Ten Questions with Jeffrey Pfeffer

I've mentioned this before, Guy Kawasaki's blog "How to Change the World" is an enjoyable, educational must read for entrepreneurs and whoever is even remotely interested in the bigger picture of where is the organization he/she is with is headed.

This particular piece that Guy just posted is one of the best ones I've ever read, it gives a unique advice and analysis of organizational behavior and strategy lessons. And, perhaps it is very relevant to my thinking these days. Many of the Q&A are very relevant, "What is the proper role for a CEO?" ,
"What does it say about a company if it asks a candidate with twenty years of experience to submit school transcripts?",
"What role should budgets play in the management of an organization?" etc.

Here's the last question (just to show that you got to read till the end :-)):

Question: What role should strategic planning play in the management of an organization?

Answer: Doing the right thing is important, which is where strategy comes in. But doing that thing well—execution—is what sets companies apart. After all, every football play is designed to go for a huge gain. The reason it doesn’t is because of execution—people drop balls, miss blocks, go to the wrong place, and so forth. So, success depends on execution—on the ability to get things done.

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