In previous articles in The Beacon on Execution, we have covered the imperative of prioritising strategic execution time in your calendar, focus, and accountability. This month I want to finish off the topic with two more items – cadence and review.
During these meetings you decide on the tasks that must be completed each week, in order to be on track for successful execution of your 90-Day Actions by the end of the quarter. I suggest an agenda like this:
The next most important cadence is quarterly. At the end of every 90 Days, take a half day out to review your execution performance for the quarter. Again, all your management team should attend. Be brutally honest with yourselves. What went well? What went badly? Did you achieve all your 90-Day Actions? If not, why not? What are our major learnings about how to execute? How will we apply them in this next quarter to execute better? Document and circulate your findings, and go again. Update your SWOT Analysis and decide on your next 90-Day Actions. Once a year, when your 1-Year Actions are due, take a whole day, review some elements of your strategic plan, and start the whole execution cycle again.
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by Chris Bunce
Chris has 28 years’ experience as a management consultant and business coach. During this time he has worked with clients in many industries and of all shapes and sizes, including some in Australia, Asia and the US. Nowadays he is passionate about improving the lives of Aucklanders by helping business owners to master the very few management practices that actually make a difference to their success. Chris lives in Blockhouse Bay with his wife, Cathie, having lived in or around the area for most of his life.