There is no try

“Do, or do not. There is no try.”
Yoda


Leaders make big promises … but how often does the organization actually deliver on those promises?  It’s all about accountability, action and results – people doing what they are supposed to do.

A Leadership Culture is a culture of execution – with a specific set of behaviors and techniques that are taught and mastered in order to gain and sustain a competitive advantage.

More than a tactic, execution is a discipline and a system.  It is built into a company’s strategy, goals, and culture, with the leaders of the organization deeply engaged.

In a 10-year study of winning companies, professors William Joyce and Nitin Nohria found four primary management practices that directly correlate with superior corporate performance, as measured by total return to shareholders: execution, strategy, culture, and structure (What Really Works, 2003).

However, more often than not, these core processes stand apart from one another like silos. What is needed is:

  • Robust dialogue to surface the realities of the business.
  • Accountability for results discussed openly and agreed to by those responsible for getting things done.
  • Rewards for the best performers.
  • Follow-through to ensure that progress tracks to the plans.

Are you and your teams trying to step up and execute effectively on your strategy?  Or are you just doing it?  Why or why not?

Do or do not.  There is no try.

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