By Ed Vilchez, Jr.

Ed Vilchez

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My four years of exposure to the PGS (enhanced by training, reading of related literatures, and experience) provided me with strategy execution management insights. These insights, I strongly believe, are internally true to the AFP and could be a helpful reference for other PGS practitioners.

  1. The beauty of the Performance Governance System (PGS) lies in its ability to correlate and highlight the importance of the AFP’s internal systems. Defense System of Management (DSOM), and Joint Operations Planning and Execution System (JOPES) which are indispensable to strategy formulation and strategy execution are now in synergy and in harmony with each other, providing the needed leverage to achieve the AFP’s transformation vision, which is to become “a world-class armed forces, source of national pride” by 2028.
  2. The desired organizational outcome in a balanced scorecard bears the weight of a commander’s intent. Therefore, it is a must for the units and offices within the organization’s structure to capture driver objectives falling under their respective functional areas and treat these objectives as their own to warrant the attainment of the commander’s intent.
  3. In the identification of your change agenda to transform, never fall into the trap of scratching the surfaace. Go to the core; this will warrant the rectification of the root cause of the problem instead of merely addressing the indicators. In short, stop only when you have exhausted all answers to the question “why”.
  4. One of the misconceptions about the balanced scorecard has to do with treating each perspective equally. “Balanced” means that every perspective integral to efficiently and effectively run the organization deserves a look. I can’t recall any literature that says each perspective should be given equal weights; programs, projects, and activities must be heaviest in the perspective that requires the greatest healing.
  5. In crafting your strategy, always see to it that identified objectives complement and reinforce each other in such a way that their cause and effect relationship becomes too visible to ignore. If you can achieve this state, consider your desired outcome(s) achieved.
  6. We are all aware that there is no such thing as perfect strategy. Hence, our efforts should be geared towards the institutionalization of our review mechanisms. This will help us close the gaps brought out by circumstances that are beyond our control.
  7. In aligning unit or office objectives to the enterprise, remember that strategy alignment is an art which requires creativeness or innovativeness on your part. Answer the question “how can you align” and not “where will you align”, because you are subject matter of your own unit or office functions. In military “lingo” don’t stop at the specified tasks, deliberately identify them.
  8. Be guided by proven templates in crafting your strategy, but do not be too dependent on them as these can limit your horizons. Instead, direct your attention to comprehending the synergy and harmony of each entry in the template for it is only through this understanding that you can steer the development of your strategy execution tools and mechanisms to greater heights.
  9. The acme of strategy alignment is attaining a state of “aligned leadership” where the intent of the alpha is converted into actions and is executed down to the lowest pair. Even between equals, one still influences the behavior of the other.
  10. For any strategy to hurdle the test of time, the organization must develop the habit of learning from others. Continuing inbreeding causes strategy execution to degenerate in the confines of the organization’s internal structure; no organization has the monopoly of knowledge in a dynamic environment. Mr. Webster calls it “humility”.
  11. One of the secrets of effective and efficient strategy execution is the organization’s ability to replicate strategy monitoring tools and mechanisms from strategic to operational to tactical levels. It must be noted however, that each level has its own complexities and peculiarities; replicating is different from copying.

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