Great Quotes about Strategy, Execution, and Strategic Thinking

Strategy without execution is hallucination.

Or, as per the original version: “In the end, a vision without the ability to execute it is probably an hallucination.” – Stephen Case, Chairman & CEO of America Online.

What better way to develop your strategic thinking than benefiting from the wisdom of the best, distilled in the form of brilliant quotes about strategy and execution (with a hint of humor).

Why not only strategy but also strategy execution?

Because you can build the most advanced plane but if you need to have 3 hands and 5 legs to fly it, you might need to go back to the drawing board (or build a damn good AI to fly it for you).

A leader who wants to be successful needs to focus equally on strategy and its execution. Only a good strategy combined with good strategy execution can lead to success.

 

Strategy Quotes

Some witty quotes about strategy to remind you that you can be the most determined person in the world, but without a strategy you’ll just be a person running fast. In the wrong direction.

 

Stay focused. Your start does not determine how you’re going to finish.

Herm Edwards, American Football Coach

Stay focused. Your start does not determine how you're going to finish. - Herm Edwards #Strategy Click To Tweet

 


 

The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.

Michael Porter, Harvard Business School Professor

The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. - Michael Porter #Strategy Click To Tweet




 

Vision without action is a day dream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

Anonymous

Vision without action is a day dream. Action without vision is a nightmare. - Anonymous Click To Tweet

 

A leader needs enough understanding to fashion an intelligent strategy.

John Kotter, Harvard Business School professor and author

A leader needs enough understanding to fashion an intelligent strategy. - J. Kotter Click To Tweet
 




 

There is always a better strategy than the one you have, you just haven’t thought of it yet.

Sir Brian Pitman, former CEO of Lloyd’s TSB and author

There is always a better strategy than the one you have, you just haven't thought of it yet. - Sir Brian Pitman #innovation #success Click To Tweet

 

What’s the use of running if you’re running in the wrong direction?

Anonymous

What's the use of running if you're running in the wrong direction? - Anonymous #strategy Click To Tweet




 

Sound strategy starts with having the right goal.

Michael Porter, Harvard Business School Professor

Sound strategy starts with having the right goal. - Michael Porter #strategy Click To Tweet

 

Strategy Execution Quotes

Having a strategy is good, but daydreaming about it is not. The next witty strategy execution quotes will remind you that vision without action is what it is. A nightmare. But don’t forget that without strategy, execution is aimless.

 

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965), British politician

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. - W. Churchill Click To Tweet

 

Success doesn’t necessarily come from breakthrough innovation, but from flawless execution.

Naveen Jain, CEO of Infospace

Success doesn't necessarily come from breakthrough innovation, but from flawless execution. - N. Jain #strategy #businessTransformation Click To Tweet



 

Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.

Sun Tzu (544 BC – 496 BC) Chinese military strategist

Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances. - Sun Tzu #Strategy Click To Tweet

 

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy our of which victory is evolved.

Sun Tzu (544 BC – 496 BC) Chinese military strategist

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy our of which victory is evolved. - Sun Tzu Click To Tweet

 

 

 

Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.

Gen. George S. Patton

Good tactics can save even the worst strategy. Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy. - Gen. Patton Click To Tweet

 





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