Practicing the Four Disciplines of Execution

As a leader, part of your job is to be the best guide for your office that you can – and a guide usually works by a set of principles. The Four Disciplines of Execution are business principles that have been tried and shown to be true for setting and attaining goals in many types of businesses. You may already be familiar with the book, or maybe you are thinking – oh yeah, I heard of those once. Either way, here’s a brief reminder of what the 4 disciplines are, and how Scoreboard Buzz can help you achieve each of them.

  • #1: Focus on the Wildly Important Goals (WIG)
    • What is a WIG? – A goal so important that not achieving it makes other achievements inconsequential. This is the Discipline of Focus. Choosing the one thing that will truly make a difference – if you and your team pursue it without distraction, not letting other things from the Whirlwind cloud your vision or curb your efforts. If you changed nothing else about the way you and your team operate, what is the single change that would help you move forward in your business? That’s a good place to start to find your WIG.
  •  #2: Act on Lead Measures 
    • Focus on the few activities that will have the greatest impact on achieving your WIG. This is the Discipline of Leverage. There may be a dozen things you could try to help your team reach their WIGs. But many of these will just result in your team spending effort and frustration to get few visible results – essentially beating their fists against the proverbial rock. You, as a leader, can help them find the Lead Measures that will act as a lever on that rock, and enable it to move with the least overall effort. These may be small, counter-intuitive activities – and they might take some trial and error to discover, but when leveraged correctly they will produce the most extraordinary results. And these are the exact types of activities that, once codified, can be effectively and easily tracked on Scoreboard Buzz.
  • #3: Keep a Compelling Scoreboard
    • Your team will not put forth their best effort unless they are emotionally engaged – this happens when they can tell if they are winning or losing. This is the Discipline of Engagement. Scoreboard Buzz was designed with this concept in mind. Keep the following things in mind as you are thinking about your Scoreboard.
      • People play differently when they are keeping score. Numbers on an Excel spreadsheet might not always cut it. But keeping score on something large and visible helps keep the current score at the forefront of their minds.
      • There are differences between a players’ scoreboard and a coach’s scoreboard. The players’ scoreboard is simple. It should be easy to interpret and keep track of. They should be able to tell at a glance where they are for the day – something that games like our Daily Team Tracking game are perfect for!
      • The team should be involved in creating the scoreboard to instill ownership and responsibility.
  • #4: Create a Cadence of Accountability  
    • This is the Discipline of Accountability. Without consistent accountability the players will never give their best effort towards the game. Part of having a visible Scoreboard it to keep public accountability to the goals you have set. Everyone can see if the goal has been reached or not. In addition to the Scoreboard, regular meetings are a great way to keep accountability. In these meetings, you should:
      • Review the scoreboard. Learn from successes and failures. Now, you can also review the Pulse and look at the ups and downs your office has experienced over the past month – these trends can be important to catch and talk about early on rather than after they get serious.
      •  Report: Each team member must report the goal they committed to and the actual data. Each team member can pull up their Stats for the period of time being reviewed, and use that to talk about actual numbers achieved vs. the expectations that you set for them.
      •  Plan: Each team member must create new commitments to guarantee the WIGs are met.

 

These four principles can help you set and achieve the goals that will help your business grow, and Scoreboard Buzz is there for you each step of the way.


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