The 2011 Tour de France was a first for Australia, and for that matter the people of the southern hemisphere, as Cadel Evans bought home the coveted Yellow Jersey. It was also a first for Great Britain and Mark Cavendish who finally brought home the Green Jersey.
To me there is nothing more exciting than the sprints. You see the riders giving it their all just to make it first across the finish line. There is a sense of excitement and anticipation of who will cross the finish line first. There is a fear that someone will crash and take down the pack. But, if you look closely, there is Strategy Execution in motion. In the video below, you will see how Cavendish is lead by two of his team mates who have positioned him for the win. As each does his part they fade away to let the race go on without them. However, without their contribution Cavendish would not have won the stage.
Strategy Execution in an organization follows the same principle. Everyone must have the end in mind. They must know the goal. Each individual must know their contribution to the success of the team. Knowing this allows them to do their part to succeed, fade away when they are done, and still feel they have made the “Win” possible without ever stepping into the limelight.
Do you have a clear strategy?
Do your people know their part in that strategy?
Do they execute with exactness?