Senior executives have long been frustrated by the disconnection between the plans and strategies they devise and the actual behavior of the managers throughout the company. This article approaches the problem from the ground up, recognizing that every time a manager allocates resources, that decision moves the company either into or out of alignment with its announced strategy.
This issue includes HBR's annual list of breakout ideas. Then, there are two complete articles about the decisions managers face. In the first, authors Joseph Brower and Clark Gilbert explain "How Manager' Everyday Decisions Create or Destroy Your Company's Strategy." Then, "In Praise of the Incompetent Leader," authors Deborah Ancona, Thomas Malone, Wanda Orlikowski, and Peter Senge say it's OK for leaders to not be perfect in every area.