Execution is one part of the trifecta: Culture, Strategy and Execution. Once a healthy culture is established and a strategy is agreed upon, good execution relies on the following:
Five Things Needed for Proper Execution
A team can only execute well once they are clear on five things:
- What needs to be done (clear mission, vision and strategy)
- How it needs to be done (what measures to act upon to achieve the desired result)
- Why it needs to be done (the compelling reason why the goal must be achieved)
- Who needs to do it (clear lines of responsibility)
- When it needs to get done (accountability to deliver on time)
The Power of Focus
No matter what, better execution starts with focus. If you can focus yourself and your team on activities that can produce real results, you have instantly doubled your odds of accomplishing your goal.
Research has shown that if a team can focus on 2 to 3 priorities, they have an 85% chance of success in achieving them. When the number of priorities increases to between 4 and 10, the success rate drops to 35%. When there are more than 10 priorities, the team becomes paralyzed, and nothing gets done.
From Four Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Stephen M.R. Covey and Jim Huling.
A lack of focus creates a pattern of “change fatigue”—morale drops and with it engagement also declines. Our execution model ensures that leaders and team members commit to remaining focused on accomplishing the two or three most critical priorities.
People Want to Win
Everything in our execution model is designed so that the team can achieve its most important goals. Within 6 to 12 weeks of beginning our program, members of the team will have developed a competence with the tools, and they will begin to experience early wins. With these wins, team morale improves and engagement goes up as they get the positive reinforcement of seeing results from their efforts. This is when we often see an “afterburner effect,” where team members turn goal achievement into fun, healthy cross functional competitions.