It is one thing to be clear about the actions that can make an organization successful. Most leaders know them. Trouble begins for many leaders and business executives when it comes to rolling up the sleeves and executing those actions. That is the Number One problem with disciplined execution in many organizations.
Every year, many organizations invest tens of thousand Dollars in management retreats, developing ‘killer’ strategic plans to make their business more successful. Many of them come with innovative plans that could actually transform the business if only they executed them. The sad reality is that every year, a great majority of organizations execute between 10% and 15% of their strategies.
Disciplined execution is the aspect of leadership capability that turns ideas into well-executed actions and results. These consistent actions, in turn, create the results that eventually transform the organizations from good to great. Far too many businesses having a clear vision, best talents, and superb success strategies fail for lack of disciplined execution. As Peter Drucker pointed out, the ability to deliver consistent results is the primary skill of a leader and the only true measure of organizational effectiveness. Organizations that scale their businesses and create sustained success only focus on key ideas, which they execute consistently with discipline.
3 Steps for creating disciplined Execution
There are several steps for creating disciplined execution that delivers superb result and growth. The following 3 are just a few fundamental steps to consider.
1. Begin with a set of clear vision and values
The first step in creating disciplined execution is to begin with a set of clear vision and values. A clear vision is the road map to the future every organization wants to reach. Values, on the other hand, represent the written and unwritten codes, guiding the conduct and behaviour of employees as they work together to reach the vision. The moment the vision and values are determined, management has a responsibility to communicate them regularly to remind employees why they are working hard, and how they should act to one another as they pursue the vision.
2. Focus on Key Strategic Plans
The primary goal of disciplined execution is turning plans/key strategies into action, then results. Strategies are important for keeping employees focused on the commitments that are most important for organizational growth. But a key strategy need not be complex or over-the-moon. A simple and uncomplicated idea is better and easier to execute than a set of complex innovative ideas. So develop strategies, but keep them as simple and less complicated as possible.
3. Create accountability
To create an organization that is fully committed to disciplined execution, senior management and employees at all levels should be willing to be held accountable for their actions and results. The easiest way you can create accountability partnership is creating a coalition of a few inspired individuals, who can commit to going the extra mile to set the precedence for all others to follow.
It is important to understand that the responsibility of executing strategic plans and ensuring the profitability and growth of your organization is not of the Board of Directors (BOD). As a matter of fact, the responsibility falls on senior executives and their teams. This includes CEOs, Executive Directors, General Managers, Managers, and the entire staff.