"Imagine that you are a general taking your troops into foreign territory. Obviously, you would need detailed maps showing the important towns and villages, the surrounding landscape, key structures like bridges and tunnels, and the roads and highways that traverse the region. Without such information, you couldn't communicate your campaign strategy to your field officers and the rest of your troops.
Unfortunately, many top executives are trying to do just that. When attempting to implement business strategies, they give employees only limited descriptions of what they should do and why those tasks are important. Without clearer and more detailed information, it's no wonder that many companies have failed in executing their strategies. After all, how can people carry out a plan that they don't fully understand?"
— 'Having Trouble with Your Strategy? Then Map It' (Kaplan & Norton)