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Take a Self-Assessment for the Discipline of Execution 

Monte Wyatt & Brad Sugars, Jan 02, 2020


Is there a lack of consistency between your team members, departments, and divisions? Is there too much variation in your organization's interactions with customers? This is extremely problematic for the sustainability of your company, because today’s consumer demands reliability from your company. Consistency provides familiarity and a level of assurance that you have your act together, you’re in control, and you’re dependable.

How are you doing in implementing the Discipline of Execution, which leads to consistency?

Companies that nail execution of their business strategy have researched and perfected what actually works, and that’s how they manage processes while leading people. These businesses guide their people in the consistent execution of fine-tuned processes, every day, in every transaction, by everyone, recognizing that means lots of repetition. Sustainability depends on consistency, which depends on all employees understanding how their actions support the company’s goals.

You should take a detailed assessment of your company to see where you stand in regard to the 5 Disciplines, which you can use your assessment as the basis for strategic thinking and execution planning.

Every year take an assessment to track progression and identify the one or two things that will make the biggest impact on the business. Here, we'll look at an assessment for the Discipline of Execution.

Rate your agreement with each of the following statements using the following numbers and criteria: Absolutely = 5Â Mostly = 4 Sometimes = 3 Rarely = 2 Never =1, or I don’t know = 0

1. All of the company’s major processes are written down, trained on, followed and updated periodically for continued improvement.

2. Every position in every department has Key Performance Indicators to measure progress and success.

3. We have a visual dashboard of key performance indicators (KPIs) that accurately measure our progress.

4. We have well-executed communication habits throughout the entire organization.

5. 100% of our department managers and management team members have a 90-day action plan every quarter.

6. We are productive vs. active (busy).

7. We have a culture of peer accountability and follow through. All team members count on each other and trust one another.

8. We have clear financial goals, budgets, and forecasts for the future that are reviewed weekly.

9. Every team member understands how they influence cash flow, revenue and profit.

10. We are constantly improving the actions that create our results. (vs. just focusing on results)

Add up the total points for this assessment for the Discipline of Execution.

Remember that the Discipline of Execution serves the constituents made up of the Team Member and the Stakeholder

A high score in this assessment for the Discipline of Execution indicates:

  • high morale;
  • high staff retention levels;
  • stakeholders experience financial consistency.

A low score in this assessment for the Discipline of Execution indicates:Â

  • poor communication;
  • inconsistencies among employees;
  • little or no profit;
  • people question whether business is successful.

Here are the areas of change for the Discipline of Execution:

  • Mindset: habits and routines;
  • Focus: processes, management and financial controls.

Great execution comes from good management practices using communication, updates, and progress status reports to ensure that the right things are getting done at the right time. An assessment will help you see where you are in the Discipline of Execution

To recap, companies that nail execution of their business strategy have researched and perfected what actually works, and that’s how they manage processes while leading people. You should take a detailed assessment of your company to see where you stand in regard to the 5 Disciplines, which you can use your assessment as the basis for strategic thinking and execution planning.

We'd love to hear from you. What areas of the Discipline of Execution do you want to focus on? Thank you for sharing.