The 4 Disciplines of Execution Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
You've got great ideas to improve your company…but the people you manage seem hesitant to execute
on them. Why is it so hard to get them to take action?
The problem is that your people spend so much energy doing their day-to-day jobs just keeping the operation afloat that they have little time or mental energy to execute on anything new.
So how do you overcome this hurdle in the midst of the whirlwind of competing priorities? Through four core disciplines: focus, leverage, engagement, and accountability.
Discipline 1: Focus on Wildly Important Goals
The more we try to do, the less we actually accomplish. There will always be more good ideas than your team has the capacity to execute.
That's why your first big challenge is to focus only on "wildly important goals." That way employees easily understand what is truly a top priority.
Discipline 2: Leverage your Lead Measures
Your progress and success are based on two measures: lead and lag.
Consider the goal of losing weight. Lead measures include calorie intake and hours of exercise. The lag measure shows the pounds lost. Focusing on the lag measure (what the scale tells you next week) doesn't help you improve.
Concentrate efforts on your lead measures since they are the key leverage points for achieving your goal.
Discipline 3: Boost Engagement by Having Employees Keep Score
People are more engaged when they are the ones keeping score.
Employee engagement drives results, but results also drive engagement. This is particularly true when people can see the direct impact their actions have on results.
Discipline 4: Accountability
When employees make their own commitments rather than just taking orders from above - and do so in a highly visible way in front of all their co-workers - personal accountability skyrockets.
This creates a shift from professional to personal responsibility. They're making promises to their team. And most people try very hard not to break their promises.