Establish A Rhythm of Execution To Achieve Your Vision
“What we can control is our performance and our execution, and that’s what we’re going to focus on.”
— Bill Belichick, Head Coach of Six-Time NFL Champion New England Patriots
I have found that my clients really enjoy developing their company Vision – it is fun and all about dreaming big . . . They find the Strategy development process interesting and engaging because they are learning new concepts. Where most clients struggle is when they start the process of executing their strategy. Why? Because this where decisions have to be made. Things have to change. They have to change. People, including themselves, have to be held accountable to commitments. People do not like change, and they hate accountability even more.
Without Execution you have:
A vision that will remain a dream
A strategic plan that will never be fully implemented
Job misery for you and your employees
No commitment, poor accountability
With Execution you have:
Hope your vision can become a reality
A coordinated, consistent and directed effort to follow through on your plans
You feel energized and your team feels empowered, appreciated and engaged
You have established a culture of commitment, accountability and achieving results
Great execution requires great systems and the discipline to stick to them day in and day out. Relentless consistency and dedication to the system insures you, all your people and processes stay focused on the main thing – delivering on the objectives of your strategy.
When we do this work for our clients we focus our energy in four key areas:
Cohesive Leadership Team: Use the model described in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni to develop their team's focus on collective results.
Engineered Organization: Design their organization to be scalable as they growth and have documented position agreements for every role.
Effective Meetings: Design each meeting in their business to have a purpose, drive engagement and impact their operation.
Objectives and Key Results (OKRs): Institute a quarterly objectives and key result process that is linked to their strategic objectives.
We will expand on each of these specific processes in future posts, but when implemented and consistently carried out, they will establish a culture of accountability and produce the results you want.
To establish a rhythm of execution on your own, you will need an integrated system. You can find examples of each these four areas online, but you can find a nice integrated system in Rhythm by Patrick Thean. Go get yourself a copy and get started today establishing a rhythm of execution to achieve your vision.