Summary of Closing the Execution Gap

How Great Leaders and Their Companies Get Results

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Closing the Execution Gap book summary
Companies must execute to fulfill their vision and strategy.


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“Vision without execution is hallucination,” warned inventor Thomas Edison. CEOs love to focus on vision and strategy, but without execution, vision and strategy can’t accomplish anything. According to HR consultant Richard Lepsinger, who surveyed executives in 409 companies, many organizations suffer from poor execution. He offers solid solutions to that problem, including numerous valuable tips, tools and tactics. Although his writing style is a little heavy on lists and some of the information is obvious, Lepsinger offers a good overview of how to lead employees to execute more effectively. getAbstract recommends his presentation to leaders and managers who are responsible for implementing strategy and turning vision into reality. HR managers will also benefit from Lepsinger’s insights, since he comes from that field.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How companies can improve their execution,
  • How they can bridge the gap between ambition and achievement, and
  • What six techniques leaders can use to improve employee execution.


The Gap in Execution
Skillful execution – not visionary leaders or elaborate company strategies – is what produces results. Poor execution is problematic in a normal economy and ruinous in a difficult one. The inability to “get stuff done” – to execute – will wreck even the best-laid ...
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About the Author

Richard Lepsinger, an HR consultant, is the president of OnPoint Consulting and the co-author of three business books, including The Art and Science of 360-Degree Feedback.

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    Nothing you do in business matters if you can`t execute. And now, you can.

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