Execution: The Discipline of getting things Done
When SMEs see articles by Steve Jobs, Geoff Bezos in Amazon or hear what Google or Facebook are doing there is a tendency to say well that’s them. Look at the resources they have , the teams the money blah blah blah.
Here are 15 recurring themes…. from books on getting things done, over the line, finished, completed on schedule on time and within budget
- Never launch an initiative unless you’re personally committed to it.
- Focus your organisation on the few (3-4) most crucial priorities.
- At any given moment, focus fully on the one task that is the single most important thing you could do right now.
- Get used to making distinctive, tough, and decisive choices, remembering that sometimes it’s OK to be an autocrat.
- Spell out the specific action tasks in writing.
- Insist on robust dialogue. Who are the naysayers and non-believers and why?
- Break your strategy down into manageable near-, medium- and long-term goals – and make all the pieces fit by
- using plans, schedules, budgets, and controls.
- Follow up like crazy without driving people crazy.
- Keep asking: “So what’s the next action?
- Have the courage and emotional fortitude to tackle non-performers.
- Don’t keep options open – avoid analysis paralysis.
- Never finish a meeting without clarifying what the follow-through will be, who will do it, when and how they will do it, what resources they will use.
- Inspect what you expect – If it’s important, measure it:
- Develop contingency plans – consider unexpected scenarios and have back-up plans in place.