This is the eight podcast for the power sector corporate strategy study we will soon release as part of our Executive Program.

Implementation of our recommendations will likely be very difficult and this is a critical concern. The company is under stress, constantly in the press and any changes must take place without disrupting daily operations. It is a recipe for a disaster.

We discuss a Marvin Bower anecdote about implementation and explain why most implementation literature about motivating employees to change their behaviour and accept the new strategy fails in the real world.

We also explain the 1960s John F. Kennedy strategy and positioning we plan to use to get the employees to understand, accept and rise to the challenge of fixing the problem despite pending salary, benefits and perk cuts.

This is a critical podcast because it teaches you what to do when motivating employees is simply not possible during a turnaround.

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5 responses to Implementation of the Recommendations

  1. Michael,

    You are welcome
    Please do and let us know the outcome.
    I believe the questions can be rephrased and extended in smaller steps.


  2. Thank Kevin. These are great ideas.

    We will probably use many/most/all/variations of these suggestions and we will post more on the site closer to the time when we get to them.


  3. Hello Michael

    I think explaining your aim as providing a continuous source of power without any breakdown is a good way.
    I would suggest alternative solutions to prepare this :
    – Assessing employees’ willingness to improve their situation (most of them lives with these power issue themselves) with regards to the drawback in their professional life. Practically, it would look like questions such as : What would you be willing to do for your company to perform better: lower your salary, work more, being flexible for your own scope of activities ; Prioritise your aims between improving your customers’ satisfaction, improving your own company/business performance or improving your own professional situation. This will make employees start thinking about what trade off they would be able to do to enhance the overall situation and would help you to know how you should present your project to increase its adhesion.
    – Involving people/guiding them in doing their own analysis in order for them to conclude the same as you. By finding the same solution themselves, they would be less reluctant to deploy it. Again, practically, this could be done through workshops, maybe straight away after the first option is better.

    Just some thoughts on it, please criticise/challenge it if you think they are inappropriate.


  4. Hi Scott,

    We have ways of preventing that from happening.


  5. Are these podcasts made and uploaded in real time? If so, aren’t your clients listening to them and hearing what your recommendations are going to be before you present them formally? It seems like you’d really want to avoid this so word doesn’t get around within the company as to what is being planned.

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