Welcome to the Execution IS the Strategy Book Club!

Leader Guide – Execution IS the Strategy by Laura Stack (PDF)

Discussion Guide – Execution IS the Strategy by Laura Stack (PDF)

Congratulations on making strategic execution a cornerstone of your organizational culture. Your participation in this program demonstrates your willingness to make the changes necessary to achieve your goals and get things done.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions that might be helpful as you form your club:

1. GROUP FORMATION. How should I form the groups?

  • Some organizations begin an open enrollment “book club” and provide this program as an optional developmental opportunity.
  • Some target the roll-out to a HiPo or leadership development group.
  • Others have focused a concerted effort on improving strategic execution within the senior leadership team or specific departments, and then rolled it out to a larger population (e.g., virtual discussion groups at multiple sites around the country).

2. GROUP SIZE. How many people should be in a group?

  • The ideal size is between five to seven people per discussion group (if you have 25 people show up for a book club meeting, divide the larger group into five smaller groups).
  • I don’t suggest permanent teams, since some people may go on vacation or are forced to miss a meeting due to other conflicts.

3. LOCATION. Where should I hold the book club meetings?

  • If you have logical geographical teams, you can hold them onsite in any conference room or common area.
  • If your teams are remote, you can hold meetings via phone, video conference, GoToMeeting.com, or some other virtual platform.

4. FREQUENCY. How often should the discussion groups meet?

  • The book is divided into twelve chapters, so holding twelve weekly sessions is logical.
  • If a weekly meeting seems to be too much, you could meet every other week, which would result in a six month program (or slightly longer if you have a “kick off” meeting). Feel free to adjust the timing to the needs of your groups, holidays, other initiatives, etc.

5. LENGTH. How long should the meetings run?

  • One hour seems to work best, although some prefer 45 minutes. If discussions tend to run long, you can set aside 90 minutes to be safe.

6. SPEAKING. Can Laura “kick off” the program and speak at the first meeting?

7. RESOURCES. Does the program use other resources in addition to the book, Execution IS the Strategy?

8. DEVELOPMENT. How do we tie this into development plans?

  • The workbook may be part of a developmental plan to heighten the four keys to effective strategy execution.
  • Leaders can take the assessment online to evaluate a team member in a 360 fashion (simply answer the questions as they relate to the person being evaluated).
  • Make mentors aware of the book club, so they can engage in discussions as well.
  • Ask some of your more experienced leaders to be “guest speakers” at meetings to share their insights.
  • Executive coaching with Laura is also available.

9. CULTURE. How should we follow up to “hard wire” the learning or provide training?

  • You can discuss actual case studies and best practices at staff meetings, project updates, websites, and blogs.
  • Post stories and best practices on your intranet.
  • The Productivity Pro, Inc. offers a one-year continuity program if you’re interested in implementing a larger initiative.
  • Train-the-trainer curriculum is available for half-day and full-day training sessions.

10. REWARDS. How can we encourage participation from the beginning to the end?

  • If you wish, we have digital “prizes” and bonus resources we can donate (such as eBooks, videos, and MP3s), for any participant who attends all sessions.