Expectations of Change and Improvements

Leadership at the company, team and individual level starts with setting the goal and direction.

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(Strategy) With that said; more failures occur due to failed execution rather than bad goals or strategy.  

Leadership Tools: Expectations of Change and Improvement. Graph comparing the hope, spreadsheet projection, and the reality of time and improvements.

We see failures in execution occurring most often due to:

  1. Not putting the appropriate amount of resources into execution.  This requires ruthless prioritization
  2. Not engaging the whole team ensuring they truly understand where we are headed and how.  
  3. Not having the discipline to work towards the goal daily, weekly and monthly.
  4. Not utilizing feedback effectively including feedback from failures.

Great leaders know these things will happen and they have the stamina to keep moving forward.  They manage their own emotions and those of the team members. They know that their “hopes” for any major change will be far in excess of what can be realistically projected on a spreadsheet.  

Most importantly they have the stamina to keep going when things get off-track as well as the emotional control to avoid early celebration when things might momentarily seem ahead of schedule.  




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