Even a winning strategy won’t succeed unless it is executed with passion skill and drive. Yet disciplined execution is a challenge for many organizations, teams and team members.
Translating senior management growth plans and aspirations into action ‘on the ground’ can be real challenge. Here are some of the reasons why:
Effective Mobilization: Getting Off To A Good Start
Mobilizing the people and resources required for success is a vital precursor to taking action.
That requires a compelling rationale for taking action – that includes a clear assessment of the opportunity or challenge being faced (as a call to action), as well as clear priorities and compelling goals to which the team have bought-in. It also requires a realistic assessment of the requirements of success, including barriers or risks and the resources or time required. These are key to the Growth Pitstop™.
Urgent Vs Important: Focusing on what Matters Most
Managers are busy people, with over-flowing email in-boxes and lengthy ‘To-Do’ lists. The everyday requirements of doing our jobs, many of which are urgent, leaves little time for addressing the longer term strategic priorities.
It is the classic ‘urgent – important’ paradox where tasks that are urgent, but not strategically important, dominate the agenda. Re-focusing managers on what matters most is key to effective execution of key growth priorities.
Adaptive Challenges: Making Change Stick
Today’s business challenges are complex. The solutions required are often more adaptive rather than technical. That is to say, it is not knowing what needs to be done that is the real challenge, but the change in culture, attitudes and behaviours, required that tend to inhibit these areas. A mindset change is often required and working with the brain is complex stuff.
Put another way there is often a big difference between knowing what to do and doing it. The Growth Pitstop™ approach to execution helps to implement successful change and is underpined by behavioural change practices and pyschology.
Agile Implementation – Continuous Feedback & Fast Learning
In a fast changing changing marketplace the perfect strategy won’t stay perfect for long. Teams need to implement their strategy with smarts. That means a dynamic approach that involves continuous feedback, fast learning and ongoing adjustments as required. This is key to every pitstop design and execution.
Sustaining Progress – Maintaining the Momentum
Many projects strategies and initiatives are launches in a fanfare but soon fizzle out. Sustaining action is a challenge. This is a key role of the Growth Pitstop™.