The Disciplines of Execution

December 12, 2012

Good morning – I hope your week has gotten off to good start.

Execution – how well do we actually get things done? We talk and we plan, but actually executing and executing well can be a challenge. So how do we become better at actually executing?

Chris McChesney and Sean Covey have developed The 4 Disciplines of Execution. In their book, they make the point that there are four disciplines to execution that you need to master:4 Disciplines of Execution

1. Focusing on the Wildly Important – this is all about focusing your finest effort on the one or two Wildly Important Goals (WIG’s) that will make all the difference versus giving mediocre effort to dozens of goals.In fact they go on to say that the more goals you have, the fewer you actually achieve. You can actually have so many goals that you accomplish none.

2. Acting on Lead Measures – Invest your best efforts in those few activities that have the most impact on the WIG’s. Lag measures are what we are most familiar with – they tell us if we have achieved our goal. They are more historical or backward looking. Lead measures however, tell us if we are likely to meet our goal – they are forward looking.

3. Keeping a Compelling Scorecard – make sure everyone knows the score at all times. Translate your lead measurements into a visible compelling scorecard. Think about this – have you ever gone to an athletic event where the scoreboard was not working? How much interest do you think you would have if you had no idea of the score? Knowing the score is a powerful method for keeping people engaged and focused.

4. Creating a Cadence of Accountability – Great teams operate with a high degree of accountability. In great teams accountability means making personal commitments to the entire team to move the scores forward and then following through in a disciplined manner.

If you are interested in becoming more effective in regards to execution, then this is a good book to add to your library.

Grace and peace,

BG