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Early Praises for Excellence in Execution

“Given the increasing uncertainty and complexity in world markets today, the ongoing dynamic interplay between strategy and execution becomes critical. Excellence in Execution provides a wealth of practical and actionable resources to ensure that your organization’s evolving strategy can be effectively and efficiently executed. Robin Speculand has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to strategy execution, and his new book could not be more timely. Ignore it at your own peril.”

Dr. Tony O’Driscoll Global Head of Strategic Leadership Solutions, Duke CE

“Growing a business such as YCH Group requires more than just strategic thinking. It requires executives to have a shared understanding of the strategy and to then translate and execute it within their respective focus areas. This book is an indispensable companion for any business, regardless of size and structure, to systematically implement their strategy in an orchestrated manner.”

Dr. Robert Yap Executive Chairman, YCH Group

“You will enjoy discovering the tale, the inside story of the case studies, along with the thoughts of Robin Speculand, a pioneer and expert in how to implement strategy. You will be introduced to highly practical toolkits, checklists and templates of tremendous interest if you want to be excellent in efficient execution of your strategy. Let yourself be charmed by the ideas, practical techniques and in-depth stories proposed by Robin Speculand.”

Yves Pigneur, Professor, University of Lausanne, Co-author, international bestseller Business Model Generation

“Going from strategy to performance is hard: Most companies don’t spend nearly as much time on how to get there as on crafting their strategies. Excellence in Execution maps out a step-by-step approach for how not to get stuck with a perfect plan that is imperfectly executed. Full of toolkits and checklists, this book is a definitive, comprehensive guide of how to deal with the Achilles heel of strategy: strategy execution.”

Serguei Netessine, Timken Chaired Professor of Global Technology and Innovation, INSEAD, Author, The Risk-Driven Business Model

“Overseeing Asia Pacific, I am constantly challenged with ensuring the multiple business units in the region are implementing specific corporate strategies, with consistent set of performance goals, customer engagement, and operating models. From the point when IDC engaged Robin on a consulting project, we are reminded that strategy is of little value unless it can be acted upon. I was delighted to read the depth of new thinking, material and tools in this book. It is very much a ‘how to’ that is missing in business today. Robin has filled this much needed space.”

Eva Au, Managing Director, IDC Asia/Pacific

“Robin Speculand has devoted his global career to helping leaders convert strategy into valuable business results. The key to their success—and yours—is execution. In this new book, Robin details HOW to execute strategy with a wealth of resources. This is the ideal guide for any leader who is committed to successful strategy execution.”

Ron Kaufman, Author, New York Times bestseller Uplifting Service

“Essential reading for anyone embarking on the strategy execution journey—Robin at his best.”

Mel CarvillDirector, Home Credit BV

“As expected from a pioneer and expert in the field of strategy implementation, it’s chock-full of practical templates and tips that bring your strategy down to where it belongs—to your managers and employees who should execute it every day—and away from the consultants and board members who guide the organization. An easy read, not in the least because of Robin’s quintessential use of humor and stories.”

Bert van der Feltz, CEO, East West Seed Group

“Robin Speculand is one of the few world thought leaders who understands the importance of project management to implement strategy successfully. His latest book, Excellent in Execution, is a masterpiece and a ‘must have’ for any executive.”

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, Duke CE professor, world champion in project management

“With the incredible speed at which every industry is moving in today’s world, the potential to get distracted and derailed from implementation has never been greater. Leaders have a disproportionate impact on how teams get to action, so giving leaders a tool kit that will practically and rapidly help with implementation is not only helpful—it’s vital.”

Jean Kerr, Change and Leadership Geek, IT Industry

“Robin continues to build effective tools leaders need to successfully implement organizational change and execute strategy. Our community should welcome these for impacting results.

A great strategy is no guarantee of success. We need to also have that greater strategy for implementation and engagement. A solid plan of action and a sense of ownership and alignment to the new goals helps the new reality set in. With Robin’s clarity of thinking and the resources provided in the book, we can get there from here.”

Scott Simmerman, PhD, CPF, CPT Managing Partner, Performance Management Company

“In Excellence in Execution, Speculand brilliantly lays out a step-by-step guide to successfully execute on strategy. The checklists, toolkits and questions are a treasure trove for leaders. The DBS Bank case study brings the lessons to life. Highly recommended for leaders who want to leave their competitors in the dust.”

Gina CarrAuthor, Klout Matters

“With the incredible speed at which every industry is moving in today’s world, the potential to get distracted and derailed from implementation has never been greater. Leaders have a disproportionate impact on how teams get to action, so giving leaders a tool kit that will practically and rapidly help with implementation is not only helpful—it’s vital.”

Jean Kerr, Change and Leadership “Geek,” IT Industry

“Robin Speculand has done a marvelous job with his work, Excellence in Execution. I read this book in its entirely and was taking notes feverishly throughout. Speculand shows how the concept of strategy is not just about putting together nice ideas and resting. He shows how we need to see the implementation through to finish.

Even though it is not billed as a motivational book, I was strongly motivated to get moving in my own business. As I read what Speculand advised, I got ideas on how I could implement specific actions in my work. This book can inform and empower your team. Get it. Read it. Take action on it. Do this now before your competition gets their hands on it.”

Terry Brock, Author, Professional Speaker, Marketing Coach

“Excellence in Execution is built on a solid framework and tools for implementing strategy. This book is perfect for anyone responsible for or working on strategy implementation as it provides powerful execution guides that can be applied easily.”

Professor Jochen Wirtz, Vice-Dean Graduate Studies Director, UCLANUS Executive MBA, National University of Singapore

“It’s a delight to read a practical book with personal examples from a seasoned implementer. Excellence in Execution systematically walks you through a well-thought-out blend of practical case studies, models, key tips, pointers and inspirational stories. It goes beyond what most books offer by explaining HOW to implement.”

Andrew and Gaia Grant, Directors of TirianAuthors, The Innovation Race