why strategy execution fails

The Breaking Point: When Failure Is Not an Option

Gail Stout Perry

I’ve received a lot of questions regarding why I made a seemingly radical career change at the age of 50.  It was due to an epiphany as I searched for an answer to “why organizations struggle with strategy execution”. March 2016 – that’s when I hit the wall. I’d spent over a decade providing strategic consulting to some of the most [...]

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strategy execution

Navigating the Storm – Lessons from an Old Sea Captain

Gail Stout Perry

As a strategist, I like the simplicity of this quote: “The old sailors steered by the stars, not to get there, but to keep a steady course.” Today, we rely so heavily upon GPS that we look down at our devices to navigate and few remember how to navigate by looking up at the stars. Celestial navigation uses a celestial body [...]

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KPI

KPI is more than a number. It is a Story!

Gail Stout Perry

What is a KPI? The answer depends on who you ask. For most IT and Business Intelligence people, a KPI is simply a number representing performance for a specific process, domain, or subject. But a KPI is more than a number. [...]

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BI

Are You Freaking Out Your Business Users?

Gail Stout Perry

Why is it that some people quickly embrace their BI system and others find it an exercise in frustration? If you are in the user group that finds BI intuitive and extremely powerful, you are fortunate. For the rest of us, it’s an exercise in frustration. Why? [...]

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KPI

Confused by KPIs? You Are Not Alone.

Gail Stout Perry

KPIs are a vital part of any Performance Management or Strategy Execution system. Yet how many times have you struggled to understand or to explain what is meant by “KPI”? What is so difficult to understand about those 3 little words? [...]

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corporate performance management

Mixed-Up Mess: CPM and EPM

Gail Stout Perry

Have you ever struggled to understand or explain the labels CPM and EPM? What do they mean? Are they synonymous or is there enough difference that anyone should even care? CPM and EPM have become synonymous. For the sake of simplicity, we will use the Gartner label of [...]

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CIO

The Five Abilities that Get a CIO Invited to the Head Table

Gail Stout Perry

Technology spending is becoming more complex. There is also a trend in business units, making decisions on identifying the technology they need and choosing the vendors they want. Where does this leave the CIO and the IT organization? [...]

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CPM corporate performance management

Are You in Excel Hell or CPM Heaven?

Gail Stout Perry

Have you invested in expensive reporting systems yet your business users are still doing a considerable amount of “cut, copy and paste?” of information in order to create your Corporater Performance Management reports? Well, I have two words for you [...]

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strategy execution

Eureka! I Found the Missing Link to Strategy Execution

Gail Stout Perry

It sounded like a low risk idea at the time: “Let’s forget about strategy for a while and escape to San Miguel, Mexico for a week of art lessons”. Little did I know that it would lead to a complete career change! It was in the middle of the 2nd art lesson [...]

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Business Intelligence Brief - Is there really a B in BI

Is there REALLY a “B” in BI? Or was it all False Advertising?

Gail Stout Perry

Business Intelligence is all the rage. But in dark corners, people are whispering that it has not lived up to its promise. Sure, the graphical tools are snazzy. And the analysts who use it rave about its ability to manipulate information to find answers [...]

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