I continue my summer review my friend, Roy Osing’s, article from The Globe and Mail on June 3, 2016 entitled “10 Things Smart Business People Do”.
Smart business people, or leaders, are “mindless” about execution. Roy writes, ‘They are comfortable with loosening up on the plan; get it “just about right,” and bear down and focus on execution. They understand that performance depends on how well they execute, not on the efficacy of the plan.”
If you are a regular follower of my blog, you would know that I am a big fan of the idea that strategy without a solid execution plan is doomed to fail.
Good leaders understand this. They know that sound execution strategy means communication throughout both the team and the timeframe of the plan. They know that it means the right people are taking full responsibility and being held accountable for the success of the plan. They know that it means allocating enough resources to get it done and not assuming that we can get it done with the resources we have at hand today.
Good leaders know that any important strategic plan requires the creation of a strategy execution culture. A ‘culture within a culture’ that supports the execution of the plan from day one to completion.
Once this culture appears, these leaders become ‘mindless’ about execution.
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