“The 4 Disciplines of Execution” is about strategic organizational change. When it comes to producing results, there are two principle things a leader should have in order to influence others. One is strategy which can be your plan and second one is your ability to execute that strategy. The area which leaders struggle the most is the one in which they have the least education. Execution is tricky; this is the part more focus is required. The fact is most of us try to do many things at once. We need to be more specific when it comes to achieve goals. To achieve results with excellence one must focus on energies on what is wildly important. First of all we have to define what our wildly important goals are. Clarity is essential, because it helps us to look deep into all the contributing factors and focus on what is required to achieve wildly important goal. In every business, strategy is essential for success. It charts the course and provides the direction. But, every strategist knows that so often strategic goals never take off because they are drowned by all of the other competing interests.
Some goals require our much focus than others. We have to learn how to make the difference between what is wildly important and what is mildly important. Failure to achieve a wildly important goal carries; regret, guilt, resentments and in fact negative emotions emerge on the surface. One of the problem which we face is our real enemy, we call it whirlwind. It is your day job, you used to do on regular basis. It’s the massive amount of energy that’s necessary just to keep your operation going on a day-to-day basis; and, ironically, it’s also the thing that makes it so hard to execute anything new. Our clarity about things should be something we do on regular basis. The goals we have set for moving forward are important, but when urgency and importance clash, urgency will win every time. We are designed in a manner that we try to deal those things first which are urgent. Sometimes we just lost ourselves dealing all those things and forget about our important goals in our lives.
Whether you call it a strategy, a goal, or simply an improvement effort, any initiative you as a leader compel in order to considerably move your team or organization forward will be divided into two categories; one that we can just do by ordering or authorizing. But the second requires behavioral change, which is comparatively difficult. Behavioral change requires lot of effort and clear focus, attention and determination. Most important thing clears our focus on the measures we are going to take in order to achieving your goal.
If we are able to execute despite of the fact that we are stuck in whirlwind, it means that we are not only minimizing distractions but also in the state that “the way it’s always been done”. If we don’t pay attention to the urgent, it can kill us today. It’s also true, however, that if we ignore the important, it can kill us tomorrow. In other words, if we along with our team work solely from within the whirlwind, we won’t progress all and our energies will be wasted just trying to stay upright in the wind. Real challenge comes where we have to execute our most important goals when we are stuck in whirlwind.