Two partners at Booz & Co have written an interesting article called Measuring executive frustration — and going after the big-picture cure. In part, they say,
The majority of executives in all industries admitted that their companies lack “coherence.” They struggle with setting a clear and differentiating strategy, working through a surfeit of conflicting priorities, ensuring day-to-day decisions are in line with their strategy and allocating resources in a way that supports the strategy.
More to the point, executives say that deciding on priorities and linking decisions to those priorities is a big hurdle at their firms.
A cohesive leadership team goes a long way towards producing and executing a coherent strategy. A cohesive leaderhsip team trusts one another, leverages each other’s skills to innovate, commits to a common agenda, and delivers results.