Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution. – Francis Bacon
The phrase “Get ‘er done!” is a motto more people than Larry the Cable Guy can adopt. Many of us in business have more drive than “do.” Most of us have vision for our businesses. Many of us have problems accomplishing our vision. Perhaps the problem is less about vision and more about execution.
Here are a few steps to help you execute your plans more effectively:
- Dream big! One reason people fail to execute effectively is they reduce their dreams to fit their reality. To clarify what you really want, pretend you have all the time, money and resources in the world. Who gets excited about a ho-hum life? Go big or go home.
- Develop a well-thought-out plan and strategy. Resist the urge to hit the ground running without your roadmap. Take the time to put a comprehensive plan and strategy together before you take off. It will mean the difference between running hard and running well. Check out the book Strategic Acceleration by Tony Jeary. Tony does a great job articulating the “building blocks” of strategic acceleration: clarity, focus and execution.
- Communicate your vision and strategy to your team. Make sure the people who work with and for you fully understand what your vision is. Clearly articulate how and when you’d like to get there. Make sure they understand what each team member’s role is in accomplishing it.
- Do something! As simple as it sounds, eventually you’ve got to step off the gangplank of indecision and make that first step towards your goal. If you wait for every condition to be perfect, you’ll never get started. Baby steps are better than no steps at all.
- Review your plan regularly. Put milestones in your plan. Review them to see what steps worked and what didn’t. Tweak your strategy as you go along. Don’t be afraid to abandon the ineffective.
Thoughts: Are you ready to improve your execution game? What needs to happen to bring your vision to pass? How’s your plan working for you?
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