The Two Most Important Elements Required to Achieve Your Goals

(1) Strategy

(2) Execution.

Leaders can make big plans but when it comes to execution and bringing life to those plans, it becomes harder. The execution of strategy requires discipline and below are four disciplines of execution that need to be followed to get the bigger results.

They may sound simplistic but if one ponders upon them deeply, they really can prove to be a game-changer.

The four disciplines are:

I. Discipline

a) Focus on the Wildly Important. The more you try to do, the less you will actually accomplish. So the first principle is to find your wildly important goals (WIGs)

It reminds me of Jim Collins’ Quote:

If You Have More Than Three Priorities, You Don’t Have Any. 

~Jim Collins

II. Discipline

b) Act on Lead Measures. This is the discipline of leverage. All actions are not created equal. Some actions are more important than others for reaching your goals called lead measures. So one needs to identify those lead measures, those high leverage activities, and act on them, to reach the goals faster.

III. Discipline

c) Keep a Compelling Scorecard. What gets measured is what gets done.  Execution requires keeping a compelling scorecard. In any sport, if you start keeping the scorecard of the game, immediately the quality of the game changes. The same is true with your goals.

IV. Discipline

d) Create a Cadence of Accountability. Howsoever hard you may try to do it makes it really difficult to keep accountability for your own actions. That is where there arises a need for coaching. While the first three principles set up the game, it is this discipline #4 that kickstarts the game.

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Sandy Chernoff
Sandy Chernoffhttp://softskillsforsuccess.com/
SANDY'S 30 years of didactic and clinical teaching in study clubs and continuing dental education, coupled with her almost 40 years of Dental Hygiene practice bring a wealth of experience to her interactive soft skills workshops. With her education background she easily customizes interactive sessions to suit the specific needs of her clients. Her energetic and humorous presentation style has entertained and informed audiences from Victoria to New York City. Sandy’s client list includes law firms, teaching institutions, volunteer and professional organizations and conferences, businesses, and individuals. Her newest project is turning her live workshops into e-learning programs using an LMS platform. Her teaching and education background have helped her to produce meaningful and somewhat interactive courses for the learners wanting the convenience of e-learning options. As the author of 5 Secrets to Effective Communication, Sandy has demonstrated her ability to demystify the complexities of communication so that the reader can learn better strategies and approaches which will greatly improve their communication skills and ultimately reduce conflict, resentment, disappointment, complaining, and confusion. As a result, the reader will be able to increase productivity, efficiency and creativity, improve all the relationships in their lives and ultimately enjoy a happier, healthier existence! Sandy blogs regularly on her two websites on the various soft skills topics that are featured in her workshops and e-learning programs.