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Plan for Surprises to Keep Execution on Track

Published: 21 March 2019

ID: G00708067

Analyst(s): Corporate Strategy Research Team


The best-laid plans can be derailed by surprises that distract the business from execution tasks that are particularly critical now, as companies carry out transformational strategies. So, consider how you’ll keep managers from making poor tradeoffs in the face of the unexpected.

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