STRATEGY AND EXECUTION IN
AN EVOLVING ENVIRONMENT

A snapshot of global influences on business and the economy—and a look at how executives feel about their own worlds.

HIGHEST-PAID FEMALE CEOS IN MILLIONS

TOO EXPENSIVE TO GET WRONG

$1.8 BILLION

The average amount that firing a CEO costs a shareholder in value


OUTSIZED TECHNOLOGY SHARE

The U.S. advanced industry sector, which includes jobs in technology R&D; and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)...

    Comprises 9% of the workforce
12.3
Employs 12.3 million people
    But accounts for 17% of GDP

LOOKING FOR A RAISE

5.8%
The estimated increase in worldwide salaries in 2015, with the biggest increases in Latin America, the smallest in Europe.

STORIES FROM INSIGNIAM'S SENTIMENT SURVEY

In 2014, Insigniam asked nearly 200 global executives from multiple diverse industries about their concerns, priorities and outlook for 2015. Here's what they had to say about execution.


 

WHAT KEEPS EXECUTIVES AWAKE AT NIGHT?



Talent


Performance


Culture


Accountability


WHAT IS CRITICAL TO SUCCESS IN A MAJOR CHANGE INITIATIVE?

72%

Collaboration and trust


43%

Communication


42%

Alignment


MOBILE
 
71%

say poor performance and execution prevented successful deployment of change initiatives


75%

agree that efficiency and execution are critical to success


According to a March 2015 Harvard Business Review article, executional excellence is the No. 1 challenge facing corporate leaders across countries and industries (based on the responses of 400 global CEOs). The article's authors conducted an in-depth survey of nearly 8,000 managers across 30 industries.

MANAGERS SAY CONFLICTS DURING EXECUTION ARE ...


Resolved after a significant delay: 38% of the time


Resolved quickly but poorly: 14% of the time


Left to fester: 12% of the time


SINGLE-GREATEST CHALLENGES TO STRATEGY EXECUTION:

Failure to align
40%
Failure to coordinate across units
30%