The success of any initiative depends on its preparation. The work we have done before starting the initiative matters most.
For example, in preparation activities, we may be developing clarity on the scope and outcomes of the initiative, recruiting the right people, placing them at the right spots, creating clarity on methodology, developing consensus on success criteria, and much more.
Sadly, most projects start with a big kick-off meeting. We often do not acknowledge the lost opportunity due to not preparing before the initiative kick-off meeting. As a result, we see the project team chasing its tail through execution.
Consider any initiative or project a battle. Remember, only fools head into battlefields with no preparation.