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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Here are some thoughts on execution:

Execution is a systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, questioning, tenaciously following through, and ensuring accountability.

The heart of execution lies in the three core processes: the people process, the strategy process, and the operations process.

Execution has to be embedded in the reward systems and in the norms of behavior that everyone practices.

Execution has to be part of an organization’s culture, driving the behavior of all leaders at all levels.

The intellectual challenge of execution is in getting to the heart of an issue through persistent and constructive probing.

Organizations don’t execute unless the right people, individually and collectively, focus on the right details at the right time.

Leadership without the discipline of execution is incomplete and ineffective. Without the ability to execute, all other attributes of leadership become hollow.

Leaders who execute, focus on a very few clear priorities that everyone can grasp.

Along with having clear goals, you should strive for simplicity in general.

Clear, simple goals don’t mean much if nobody takes them seriously. The failure to follow through is widespread in business, and a major cause of poor execution.

From: Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan