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16 Mind-Blowing Robert S. Kaplan Quotes

Robert S. Kaplan is an American academic Professor of Leadership Development and co-creator of the balanced scorecard. Most known for this method of driving performance and accountability, here is a look at some of the most notable Robert S. Kaplan quotes ever recorded.

“A mere 7% of employees today fully understand their company’s business strategies and what’s expected of them in order to help achieve company goals.”

“Consistent alignment of capabilities and internal processes with the customer value proposition is the core of any strategy execution.”

“Effective leadership begins with having the right mind-set; in particular, it begins with having an ownership mind-set.”

“Having an ownership mind-set is essential to developing into an effective leader. By the same token, the absence of an ownership mind-set often explains why certain people with great promise ultimately fail to reach their leadership potential.”

“If those at the top are not energetic leaders of the process, change will not take place, strategy will not be implemented, and the opportunity for breakthrough performance will be missed.”

“If you can measure it, you can manage it.”

“It bears repeating: you don’t have to be good at everything.”

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”

“Managing risk is very different from managing strategy. Risk management focuses on the negative-threats and failures rather than opportunities and successes.”

“Process improvement programs are like teaching people how to fish. Strategy maps and scorecards teach people where to fish.”

“Reaching your potential is not simply about dreaming or being idealistic, It is a process that involve specific actions, exercises, discipline and hard work. It is challenging, rewarding and unending.”

“The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) provides managers with the instrumentation they need to navigate to future competitive success.”

“To achieve such intense strategic focus the organizations had instituted comprehensive, transformational change. They redefined their relationships with the customer, reengineered fundamental business processes, taught their workforces new skills, and deployed a new technology infrastructure.”

“With practice, you will learn to understand yourself better and increasingly learn what conviction feels like. As you search for it, you will get better at gearing your efforts to work in a way that will help you get to that feeling.”

“Without strong visionary leadership, no strategy will be executed effectively.”

“You follow your own path, I don’t know how much money you will accumulate, how much stature you will achieve, or how many titles you will garner.”

Here is a great video with an amazing message shared by Prof. Robert Kaplan from the Harvard Business School.

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