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Health care leaders have been working feverishly to recraft strategy to transform their organizations and compete in a landscape that morphs almost daily. Now comes the hard part: ensuring that the strategy is executed.

Strategy execution remains one of the most important facets of transformational change; yet many hospital, health system and other business leaders continue to have difficulty in this area. Without proper execution, even the best strategic plans will fail. A survey of business leaders published in the Harvard Business Review illustrates the challenge:

  • Only 16% of top leaders were rated very effective at either strategy or execution.
  • Only 8% were rated very effective at both.
  • 63% were rated neutral or worse on at least one dimension of strategy or execution.

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Key Take Aways

Here is what our experts had to say:

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Define what transformation means for your organization.

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Executives compose strategy; execution lies with others.

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Culture reflects leadership; leadership changes culture.

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Optimal performance requires convergence, not alignment.

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Start small and fail fast.



Jennifer Weiss Wilkerson

Jennifer Weiss Wilkerson

VP and Chief Strategy Officer

Sheppard Pratt


C. Richard Panico

C. Richard Panico

President and CEO

Integrated Project Management


Diane Weber

Diane Weber, R.N., B.S.N., M.H.A.

Executive Director, Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD)

American Hospital Association



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