Strategy Execution: Closing the Loop on Best Practices
December 9, 2021
Hosted by William Ulrich
This episode of The North Star will highlight best practices for end-to-end strategy execution based on insights collected from the more than 2 dozen industry experts interviewed over the past 6 months. These interviews, which covered topics as wide ranging as innovation, organizational design, strategy formulation, artificial intelligence, program execution, work management, data management, software design and development, and systems modernization, highlighted the challenges organizations face leveraging these disciplines in an integrated context. Today, most organizations either ignore many of the advancements in these and other disciplines, or they cordon them off into silos, with little or no insight into how to collectively maximize their collective value. Organizations lacking a formal strategy execution framework also lack the perspective needed to maximize the advances being made in many of these fields and disciplines. In this episode, William Ulrich will frame these disciplines within the context of an integrated strategy execution framework, providing business leaders a roadmap for adopting existing and integrating new disciplines under a formal, framework that enables organizations to streamline and improve strategy execution.
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The North Star takes a deep dive into the topic of strategy execution, often challenging conventional wisdom for achieving an organization’s strategic vision. The host and thought leaders from multiple fields explore concepts that include rethinking innovation, increasing enterprise agility, transitioning to the circular economy, managing enterprise risk and becoming a cognitive enterprise. Setting sights on one’s “north star” is only half the story. Decades of experience point to the headwinds organizations have faced in pursuit of their strategic vision. To that end, the North Star examines how organizations can more effectively deliver on critical business strategies in these uncertain times. The show tackles intractable challenges that many organizations have historically sidestepped, such as optimizing major program investments and untangling high risk technology deployments. While the show often points toward the road less traveled, that road that can make all the difference.
William Ulrich is President of Tactical Strategy Group, Inc., Cofounder of Business Architecture Associates, President and Cofounder of the Business Architecture Guild and Cutter Consortium Fellow. As a management consultant for more than 40 years, Mr. Ulrich continues to serve as advisor, mentor and workshop leader to corporations and governments worldwide. He is a thought leader in strategy execution, business transformation, business architecture and transformation oversight. Mr. Ulrich has the unique ability to engage executives and practitioners across business and IT boundaries to facilitate and streamline ecosystem-wide transformation. His transformation workshops and lectures have been widely attended by organizations worldwide. Mr. Ulrich blends his IT transformation expertise with his extensive business architecture and business transformation experience to deliver end-to-end solutions that are fully aligned to business strategy. He has authored or coauthored multiple books and transformation methodologies and was an originating contributor to “A Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge.” Prior to founding Tactical Strategy Group in 1990, Mr. Ulrich served as management consultant, spending the bulk of the 1980s with KPMG where he helped mature its software reengineering practice. His latest writings focus on the cognitive enterprise, transitioning to the circular economy and business-driven IT architecture transformation.