Brains, Bones, and Nerves: The Only Three Things an Enterprise Leader Should Focus On

Rajeev Peshawaria

July 06, 2011

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"The key is to control and shape the three most important levers of sustainable business growth—the Brains, the Bones, and the Nerves. The brains of a business are its vision and strategy, and here the enterprise leader must shape and set direction. The bones are the organizational architecture, and here the enterprise leader must design the organization in order to execute the strategy. The nerves refer to the culture and climate of the organization, and here the enterprise leader must foster a culture of longlasting excellence. Just as the human body needs all three systems—the brain, bones, and nerves—functioning in perfect harmony to maximize longevity and performance, a business needs its strategy, architecture, and culture to work in harmony in order to maximize results. As an enterprise leader, you should focus on these three as your most important focus areas; everything else must be delegated."

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