As anyone could realize, the two most important things that are required to achieve your goals are (1) Strategy; and (2) Execution.
In a wonderful book that I read earlier named The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Sean Covey, and others, they explain while most leaders somehow get hold of the strategy portion, it is the execution that invariably most of them struggle with.
Leaders can make big plans but when it comes to execution and bringing life to those plans, it becomes harder.
The execution of strategy requires discipline and below are four disciplines of execution that needs to be followed to get the bigger results.
While they may sound simplistic but if one ponders upon deeply, they really can prove as game-changer. These four disciplines are:
Discipline 1. Focus on the Wildly Important. The more you try to do, the less you actually accomplish. So the first principle is to find you wildly important goals (WIGs)
It reminds me of Jim Collins’ Quote:
“If You Have More Than Three Priorities, You Don’t Have Any.” – Jim Collins
Discipline 2. Act on Lead Measures. This is the discipline of leverage. All action are not created equal. Some actions are more important than others for reaching to your goals- called lead measures. So one needs to identify those lead measures, those high leverage activities and act on them, to reach to the goals faster.
Discipline 3: Keep a Compelling Scorecard. What gets measured that gets done. Execution requires keep a compelling score card. In any sport, if you start keeping the score card of the game, immediately the quality of the game changes. Same is true with your goals too.
Discipline 4: Create a Cadence of Accountability. Howsoever hard you may try to do it is really difficult to keep accountability for your own actions. That’s where there arises a need for coaching. While the first three principles set up the game, it’s this discipline #4 that kickstarts the game.
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