Managing financial discontinuities effectively is key to the longer-term viability of any organization in the current economic climate. Many enterprises approach this issue simply by cutting discretionary cost and reducing head count. Yet this approach can actually increase risks to the long term viability of an enterprise by reducing flexibility, the ability of an organization to adapt to changing conditions.
The best strategy will fail unless it is coupled to effective execution. Yet driving effective execution is an issue with which the best of companies sometimes struggle. Establishing and maintaining an overview of how key goals are linked to specific projects and activities in the face of constant change requires both discipline and an effective tool set.
A wide range of organizations have successfully managed strategy execution and complex change using the One Page Strategic Plan. This is an integrated approach to implementation planning, program management and progress control. It delivers a communicable strategy that is ‘owned’ by key actors throughout the organization.
As the population of Europe ages, the demand for healthcare will continue to rise. Yet the weak competitiveness of many European economies, low growth and high state debt means that little or no additional funds will be available for healthcare. This situation presents European health authorities and institutions with a stark choice: offer less care per head or raise healthcare productivity. Less care is essentially politically unacceptable, though in some cases it is bound to happen, so the entire sector has a productivity challenge. This challenge is many-faceted and includes subjects as diverse as: