William Pearl

I wrote this presentation some time ago. As I review the content, I believe it still holds true today as it did then. Well then, I had 20 reasons!

When I headed Engineering, I remember one of my engineers sharing with me: “My initiative would be just fine, if I did not have people in it!”

I must admit – I chuckled. The reality is most projects and initiatives fail because of the soft-side of the project.

Here are my 30 Reasons Why Strategic Initiatives Fail:

The Strategy

1. Failing to define your ideal future vision in the beginning… that is shared.

2. Failing to clarify and simplify.

3. Developing only superficial vision, mission and values statements. Especially those that end up on a wall or in a folder somewhere. Not lived.

4. Forgetting that people support what they feel they have been apart of.

5. Failing to make tough…

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