Over the past 30 years I’ve asked business leaders across an array of industries how well their current strategy is working, and heard a wide range of answers.Some changed the subject (aka, dodged the question, while essentially answering it with their lack of response). Others provided examples of how they are moving in the direction of achieving their long-term strategic goals. A few suggested (often a bit defensively) that a long-term strategy is irrelevant because things change too quickly and there is too much uncertainty. Many (including a few credit union CEOs) admitted that they’ve never even defined a long-term strategy because they’ve been too busy running the business.When I ask the same leaders how effectively they are executing their strategic plans, the answer is almost always “not as effectively as we would like.”Here are the seven reasons given by these CEOs for why this strategy-execution gap occurs. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Press Association Remarkably an eighth winner of the week and the third on the afternoon for the jockey, Aidan O’Brien’s charge was enjoying a significant drop in class having had his last three runs in the Craven Stakes, the French 2000 Guineas and the French Derby. The War Front colt (10-1) was held up for a late run in the smaller group racing on the far side of the track and Moore timed his run to perfection, getting up to beat Udododontu by a neck. War Envoy powered home to land the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot under Ryan Moore. Sacrificial fared best of those that raced against the stands rail in third, with Carry On Deryck fourth. Moore, who had a luckless run in the Gold Cup on Kingfisher, said: “It was a bit tricky. I was hoping they wouldn’t split as uneven as that and there wasn’t as many horses as I would have liked (on the far side). “They got well strung out, but fortunately we had the speed on our side, they got racing a long way out and I just kept waiting and fortunately didn’t find traffic this time. “He’s a miler and loves fast ground and loves a strong pace. When he’s running in those Group races it doesn’t always unfold that way, but he’s got plenty of ability.” O’Brien said: “I’m delighted. We probably did all the wrong things with him, running him in soft ground and over a mile and quarter. It took us a good while to learn what way to ride him. “Obviously a mile on fast ground and taking our time on him (suits) and Ryan gave him an absolute peach of a ride. “What can I say about Ryan? He’s a marvellous jockey, probably the greatest jockey I’ve ever seen. He’s a total professional and fully committed. He has great feel about a horse and great feel about a race. “He’s an absolute gentleman to work with and always has been. We’ve worked with him very closely for the last three years and we’re privileged he’s riding for us.”
Former USC wide receiver Markeith Ambles, who was dismissed from the team in November, has rejoined the program, according to his personal Twitter account.Ambles told Bryan Fischer of CBSSports.com on Thursday that he was on a flight bound for Los Angeles and would be rejoining the team upon his arrival.A native of McDonough, Ga., Ambles had a rocky freshman season with the Trojans, appearing in four games and totaling only one catch for three yards in a 50-16 blowout win over Washington State.Furthermore, the former five-star wideout was also suspended indefinitely in late October after several late arrivals to mandatory team functions. During training camp in August, Ambles, along with freshman running back Dillon Baxter, was disciplined for similar incidents of “tardiness” and spent an entire practice session doing rollovers.Ambles was one of the signature signees of USC’s No. 1 2010 recruiting class, according to Rivals.com. Ranked as the third best receiver nationally and 24th overall, he originally committed to the University of Tennessee in 2009 when current USC coach Lane Kiffin was still with the Volunteers. When Kiffin departed for USC, Ambles also changed his commitment, signing a letter of intent to join the Trojans on Feb. 3, 2010.Along with Baxter and wide receivers Kyle Prater and Robert Woods, Ambles was one of four five-star recruits from USC’s 2010 class.
The repercussions of divorce have compelled former Black Stars defender, John Mensah, to put up for sale his plush Trassaco Valley Estates mansion in Accra on the orders of an Accra High Court.The shocking sale of the state-of- the-art facility, and other properties belonging to Mensah and his wife Henrietta, are some of the fallouts from an agreement reached by the court following a divorce suit filed by the latter last October.Proceeds from the sale of the house are to be shared equally between the couple.Graphic Sports investigations can also reveal that the initial $500,000 alimony demanded by former Mrs Mensah had been beaten down to GH^ 150,000 during the protracted arbitration which eventually ended last January.Henrietta and the four children who came out of the hitherto romantic 12-year marriage had just moved out of the Trassaco facility into a rented apartment of the lady’s choice at Adjiriganor in Accra said to have cost the former Lyon, Sunderland and Stade Rennes star a fortune.According to sources, a misunderstanding had ensued between the lovfely couple prior to the filing of the divorce papers by Henrietta, leading to the relocation of the Ghanaian international from his matrimonial home to his former house at Aplaku which he had earlier bequeathed to his mother and siblings. John and his wife were married under Ordinance and, thus, by law were required to share equally all the properties acquired by them during the period the relationship lasted.These included houses and plots of land in and around Accra, a beverage factory on the Kasoa- Bawjiase road and cars. The 31-year- old player was also tasked by the court to commit to a fixed monthly remittance for the upkeep of the children.In the divorce suit, Henrietta, a former actress, accused the powerful defender of being a playboy who had neglected his family obligations. But in his defence, the player maintained that those accusations were baseless and unfounded.Mensah, who was recuperating from a surgery at the 37 Military Hospital in the heat of the court proceedings, landed a loan deal with Slovakian top-flight club, FC Nitra, last week, boosting his chances of making a third consecutive World Cup appearance for Ghana in Brazil in June