Today I have a fellow coach guest blogging for me. Joseph is an MCC. In coaching acronyms that means he's a Master Certified Coach. Those newer to the coaching profession like myself as an ACC (Associate Certified Coach) are often in awe of the MCC's. We admire them, look up to them and desire to follow in their footsteps.
As such I am grateful to be able to share Joseph thoughts. Find out more about Joseph here and follow his blog here.
Getting things done
According to Bossidy and Charan, authors of Execution, The Discipline of Getting Things Done, it is not lack of innovative ideas or planning or even enthusiasm, but the lack of actual execution of tasks that most undermines corporate success in North America. Is it not disturbing to find all the other components in good supply and yet the actual doing part is missing or implemented in a weak, slow and/or incomplete way? Some on the team will surely find this frustrating. The stakeholders will not accept it for long. The client base will soon erode toward those who can and do get it done.
Identify who owns the task
One of the key components of successful execution is to honestly identify who is the owner of the task. If the task owner remains the CEO trouble is likely. In smaller companies the line between the players can be a bit blurry sometimes so it is especially vital that the ‘owner’ of the task be clearly identified. And also essential that the group members put their shoulders behind the ‘owner’ since, again in a small company, that owner may not have a room full of staff to help do what needs doing. We are all Spartacus in a small company.
When it is decided, by whatever means, that a task is to be executed, a number of simple questions, answered sincerely and with commitment, can make all the difference between done and languishing. Here are some of the more basic questions.
* What are the deadlines for those absolute steps?
* Who will be the owner of each of these steps?
* What support help will be provided and by whom, to get these steps done
properly and on time?
Answering questions leads to success
When the foregoing and maybe a few more, questions are answered, the chances of success increase dramatically. How many tasks have you experienced where the above questions were clearly answered for all involved?
Honesty is non-negotiable
In order to get to the real answers and to make the task truly happen on time, honesty is non-negotiable. If something is not on track, naming it quickly, accurately and without emotion is the shortest path to solution and getting back on track. This means that some will feel uncomfortable. So be it. When trust and respect among the group members is high, the option of telling the truth promptly and fixing what needs fixing fast is strong. Being ‘nice’ just does not work. It slows things down and weakens the kind of fixes that are suggested. If the group is ‘together’ against the challenge of the task, no one will mind getting a bit of mud on them as they pull on that rope.
If we want to get to done sooner than the others, we need to be fully invested in getting it done and done on time and done well, together. Execution is a team activity.
Joseph Seiler MCC
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