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  Why Apprenticeships?      
  I have long admired the principles espoused by Larry Bossidy, former CEO of Honeywell, regarding the need for an "execution" orientation within our companies. Mr Bossidy says:

Here is the fundamental problem: people think of execution as the tactical side of business, something leaders delegate while they focus on the perceived "bigger" issues. This idea is completely wrong. Execution is not just tactics – it is a discipline and a system. It has to be built into a company's strategy, its goals, and its culture. And the leader of the organization must be deeply engaged in it. He can delegate its substance. We talk to many leaders who fall victim to the gap between promises they've made and results their organizations delivered. They frequently tell us they have a problem with accountability – people aren't doing the things they're supposed to do to implement a plan. They desperately want to make changes of some kind, but what do they need to change? They don't know.

Execution is a specific set of behaviors and techniques that companies need to master in order to have competitive advantage.


These are powerful comments which Mr. Bossidy aims at U.S. senior managers. It is clear that in his writings he tends to target his points at executives, and he treats the subject of "execution" as a senior management responsibility.

I would add the notion that the responsibility for securing a culture of execution also lies within the workforce (i.e.every worker) and with the educational institutions that prepare the workers to enter the workforce. Schools should be held accountable to instill this attitude of execution within their students at all levels just as they would with math, science, accounting, writing and so on.

Modern day apprenticeships and internships exist to help schools, students and employers work together to combine classroom instruction and on-the-job training. It is the blend of these two learning modalities that supports an appreciation of execution.

PRIMMS provides project management competency tracking and mentoring functionality that enables on-the-job instruction for developing project managers. It is the ideal tool for business schools and graduate masters programs in project management to deliver simulations and lab exercises that augment classroom style or on-line instruction. It is now possible to deliver skill as well as knowledge, and this takes us closer to an orientation of "execution".

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