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Last Updated on 2023-07-23 by Kassandra
When it comes to strategy execution, anyone can be a project manager. In fact – it may not be an official title of yours, but we are all project managers.
The opportunity we all have for growth in this?
Leaders at all levels recognize that their work is becoming more complex. But not everyone is adapting to the increasingly more complex world.
That’s where the Duke ASEP certification can help.
What Is Strategy Execution?
Strategy execution is the ability to successfully navigate the ever-changing complexities and complete business (or personal) goals.
As the Harvard Business Review states:
A brilliant strategy, blockbuster product, or breakthrough technology can put you on the competitive map, but only solid execution can keep you there. You have to be able to deliver on your intent.
… Execution is the result of thousands of decisions made every day by employees acting according to the information they have and their own self-interest.The Secrets to Successful Strategy Execution
Being agile isn’t just for software developers and other tech personnel.
It’s a process that is meant to help you be flexible and adaptive.
And it’s still a lot of processes.
With the Duke SEP certification, you are introduced to concepts & how to think outside the box.
This allows you to narrow in on the root and prioritize the items that will provide greatest leverage for your success.
It also provides you with ways to improve your collaboration with others – especially stakeholders that could make or break your initiatives.
What Is The ASEP Certification?
Business is an ever-evolving landscape.
Duke University worked with Keller Ferry to create this unique program.
Duke’s Fuqua School of Business provides the opportunity to earn your certification in the Adaptive Strategic Execution Program (ASEP). It addresses the pressing needs of leaders to adopt a more agile approach through experiential learning. (Learn through doing!)
The below video was shared by PR Newswire when the program had it’s first round of graduates.
I recently started my path down this certification process and will soon provide my own experience.
… Plus a few things that might be helpful in your navigation of your own projects.
Making Sense of Complexity
Below you will find a live I did covering my takeaways from one of the required courses in this strategic execution certification.
There were many materials that the course pulled from.
Of them, here are some of the free online resources I wanted to provide!
- Duke’s CEO Insights From Business Front Lines
- HBR’s How Successful Leaders Think
- IBM’s Insights from Global CEO Study
- McKinsey’s Flaws in Strategic Decision Making
- O’Reilly’s Process of Insight Generation
- PMI’s Navigating Complexity
- PMI’s Why Good Strategies Fail
- PWC’s 19th Annual Global CEO Survey
- Solve Tough Problems Through Lenses
- 3 Ways To Reframe A Problem To Find An Innovative Solution
Below are some of the TED Talks shared during the Making Sense of Complexity class.
Strategy Execution Tools
The tools at your disposal are endless!
But here are a few I’ve found success with:
- Miro – Your Best Digital Planning Tool – used a LOT when I facilitate Workshop Facilitation
- Pip Decks
- nifty – A Project Management Tool or Asana
I’m excited about what I’ve learned so far! And that’s why I’ve shared this with you today.
If you have the opportunity to participate in this program, I highly recommend it.
If not, be sure to follow me on your preferred platform. I create content around all kinds of things I feel may be beneficial for you on your journey. Things like:
- programming / software development
- Human Design (I’m a 3/5 Splenic Projector)
- program management & strategic execution
And if you’d like to learn how to work with me, be sure to connect on LinkedIn!