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Continued from 10 Tips On How To Turn Ideas Into Execution – Part 1
Step 6. Listen to Feedback – Intently
Something will always arise that was not anticipated and that threatens to derail or delay the implementation process. There is no way for anyone to know every possible eventuality in advance.
Therefore, you must listen to feedback from all of your employees and customers when appropriate. Do not be insular and surround yourself by by yes-men who refuse to tell you the naked truth about the problems as they occur. Again, avoid the yes-men. Simple problems have a tendency to quickly escalate to real issues if they are not nipped in the bud.
Step 7. Be Flexible – Within Reason Of Course
Implementation often reveals unanticipated problems or issues, changes must often be made on the fly. If the project managers give you accurate and timely data, adjustments can be made to move the implementation process forward. Set a limit to how many adjustments are acceptable. I say this because additional resources will be needed for each one that becomes necessary. More costly.
Step 8. Benchmark Incremental Achievements – and Celebrate them
This good practice allows you and your executive team to acknowledge and recognize the hard-won accomplishments your teams are making on a more regular basis. You want to avoid burnout and low morale. Celebrating along the way lets your employees know their efforts are appreciated and are being noticed.
Step 9. Credit Sharing With Everyone Who Was Involved
One of the worst things you as a leader can do is to take all the credit for what you accomplished together with your teams. Ever notice the mile long list of credits at the end of any major films — it matters to those who contributed to the production. Be cognizant of this simple fact. Always give credit where it is due. Doing the opposite will cause your employees to resent you for sure and undermine any camaraderie that has built up over the course of working together. Their resentment will mean that they will be less likely to execute your vision at a high level. You don’t care – so why should they?
Step 10. Abandon Your Strategy or Project If Necessary
Oh my goodness. This can be such a difficult thing to do. We all will consider a strategy or project our “baby” and have a hard time letting go. It becomes a personal failure and we let pride override rational thought. If continual objective analysis and honest assessment is built into the implementation process (again – no yes-men); that will allow you and your executive to know when to call it quits on a failing project and end the hemorrhaging.
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