Are You Satisfied That Your Team Is Executing The Plan?
– by Matthias Roberg
A strategy, even a great one, doesn’t implement itself.” – Jeroen De Flander. In my work with teams I notice that many business leaders struggle to get their teams to execute the plan. There are four basic elements to helping the team execute: Using a principle popularised by the late Stephen Covey, “Start with the end in mind”, pick an end goal a, ‘critical number that quantifies the objective. The number should be a stretch target but still achievable. Prioritise the three to five main activities that if consistently actioned will help achieve the critical number. Create consistent daily, weekly, and monthly rhythms (meetings) for feedback and review of the priorities and performance against the critical number.
These rhythms should happen at the same time of the day, week, and month. Each rhythm should have an agenda a captain and a specific time limit. A who, what, when sheet indicating who has committed to doing what and by when should be completed during the course of the rhythm and reviewed at the beginning of the next rhythm. Execution is enhanced when the teams is clear about the objective, knows what to do to achieve the objective, and is held accountable for their contribution to along the way. “Look carefully how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best of the time, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5: 15-16.
JOY! Magazine (December 2017)