Management for Senior Leaders: A Handbook for Implementation
has been developed as a companion volume to A Handbook for
Strategic Planning (Department of the Navy Total Quality Leadership Office Publication No. 94-02). These handbooks were designed to assist Department of the Navy (DON) executives, Commanding Officers, Total Quality Leadership (TQL) coordinators, and strategic planning facilitators in leading the strategic management process.|
Using A Handbook for Strategic
Planning, the senior leadership team can complete most of the
"planning" work by developing the organization's vision, mission,
guiding principles, strategic goals, strategies, and objectives. The
next steps are to complete the planning work, publish, deploy,
implement, measure, and evaluate the plan. Strategic Management
for Senior Leaders: A Handbook for Implementation continues this process, offering suggestions on these steps.
These suggestions derive from lessons learned during extensive work with client organizations in developing, deploying, and implementing strategic plans. This information has been supplemented by research that included personal interviews with DON and other government leaders who have led strategic management efforts within their organizations. Therefore, this handbook should be considered a guideline to help leaders make choices; it is not intended to be directive.
Each organization has its own distinctive culture and mission. However, there are lessons learned and successful strategies that are common to them all. This handbook brings together these strategies and lessons so that senior leaders can apply them within their own organizations.
The ability to lead organizations into the future is a new skill for most senior leaders. These are people who have a mission to perform and a business to manage. Such responsibilities leave little time to think about the future, let alone put plans into action to reach that future. Yet, strategic management requires dedication and commitment on the part of the senior leaders to create the vision of the future. Then they must create the mechanisms and commit the resources to achieve that future. This handbook will help them go beyond planning and use their strategic plans to change the way they do business.
The principal research for Strategic
Management for Senior Leaders: A Handbook for Implementation was done by a Logicon Syscon Corporation team (under subcontract to K.W. Tunnell Co., Inc., contract number GS-22F-0096B). I especially want to recognize the efforts of Ms. Kathy Burks, whose strategic planning expertise contributed to the success of this project. We hope readers find this handbook useful as they continue to lead their organizations into the future.