Tremendous emphasis is often placed on strategies like action planning and goal setting. While strategy is important, the problem is that most strategic planning fails. Some statistics suggest that the failure rate is as high as 87%.
Why doesn’t strategy work?
First, let me say that strategy is important. Of greater importance is culture. Unless we get to the DNA of the organizations that we lead, our strategies will be ineffective. Hence the phrase: Culture always eats strategy for breakfast.
As today’s leaders, we need to place greater emphasis on DNA-work. We’ve got to get to the heart of things: core beliefs, values and motivators. In coaching we call this getting to the WHO.
Tapping into the who-ness is the first step. Then the transformational work begins. We teach our coach training students this approach….and provide them with real-time coaching in this area.
If you’re serious about leadership, give culture a try. It’s the breakfast of champions!