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Friday, August 04, 2006

4 Disciplines of Execution - Part 3

This week's entry is a continuation of my previous posting regarding what Dr. Stephen Covey calls the "4 Disciplines of Execution". This text is taken directly from FranklinCovey's "The 4 Disciplines of Execution Quick Reference".

"To achieve goals you've never achieved before, you need to start doing things you've never done before"

Discipline 3 - Translate Lofty Goals into Specific Actions

It's one thing to come up with a new goal or strategy. It's quite another to actually put that goal into action, to break it down into new behaviors and activities at the front line.

Key Things to Remember

* Think new and better. Often, we expect different outcomes while continuing to do the same things. New results often require a creative new behavior. Identify new or better behaviors by replicating pockets of excellence (what's being done superbly well already) or by creating them from imagination.

* Plan weekly. Break down your team's top goals into weekly bite-size chunks. As you plan your week ask yourself, "What are three most important objectives I must accomplish this week to move the team's goals forward?"

* Plug into your planning system. Schedule into your planning system the vital few things you must accomplish each week.

Knowing and doing are two different things.

Makes sense to me. I have always like the old project management saying, "What is not is writing has not been said". Maybe we should change that to, "What is not in writing doesn't get done".

Any comments?

1 comment:

Umangi said...

i want further explanation on the third discipline. if possible with practical examples. so if you can do send it to me on the following mail address :