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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Leadership Code: Rule #2--Make Things Happen

All the strategy in the world is for not, unless you execute. Every leader must be able to pull the trigger, not just aim at the target. “Executers translate strategy into action,” the authors note. Without doubt, execution is the discipline of strategic vision. Just as you have to have a goal post (in football), you also have to have a team executing plays to cross that goal line. And that takes disciplined thought, disciplined action, and leadership.

Some key issues covered by this rule*:
--Make change happen
--Follow a decision protocol
--Ensure accountability
--Build teams
--Ensure technical proficiency

*As I mentioned before, the authors provide excellent charts, grids, and worksheets.

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