A common frustration that leaders and managers share is that their organization has difficulty with execution. While they may do well in accomplishing daily activities and tasks, they consistently struggle with effectively executing on time, within budget, and with high quality on the strategic issues that impact the long-term success of the organization. Over time, this can lead to losing market share, decreasing revenues, and even the demise of the organization itself.
There are many factors that impact an organization’s ability to execute. In this blog, we’ll focus on 4 perceptions that noticeably make a difference in a person’s ability to execute effectively.
4 Perceptions that Get in the Way
- Relationships: Some individuals refrain from initiating and nurturing professional relationships. They don’t step back and take the time to think strategically about building a strong network within their organization. As a result, when they need to make a high priority request, they may not have the necessary political capital to get what they need.
- Influence: Others are unsure of how to sell an idea within the organization. They may not recognize that different approaches are needed for different people or situations and continue to use the same approach every time. Consequently, they struggle to know how to get buy-in for their ideas from key stakeholders such as their boss, peers, team, and cross-functional colleagues.
- Time: Ah, the illusive time. We all have the same 24 hours in the day yet we’re not all as effective as some at using them wisely. Some procrastinate. Some say “yes” to everything and need to set boundaries. Some fail to establish and stay focused on their top priorities. Some let email, text messages and chatty colleagues distract them.
- Results: Finally, some leaders focus on the wrong results. Rather than keeping an eye toward the long-term success of the organization, they may focus on being right, looking good in front of others, or perhaps as the person with all the answers. While short-term success may be achieved, this view of results often has a negative impact on their career in the long-term, their team and/or their organization.
An added factor to keep in mind is that leaders can often have limiting beliefs that get in the way of their ability to execute and can often link to the perceptions outlined above. For example, a manager who has a belief that everything must be perfect will have issues with time management and difficulty building relationships because of their unrealistic expectations.
Call to Action
Do you find yourself having a difficult time getting things done? If so, do any of the perceptions outlined above sound like you? What step are you willing to take to begin to make noticeable improvements in your execution performance?
Adapted with permission by Center for Executive Coaching.
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