The ability to get things done
What is it?
Execution is the ability to get things done. Every organization has *that* person who know how to deliver results. Obstacles and problems are just seen as excuses and must be overcome.
Why is it important?
Things rarely go according to plan especially if the project is large and complex. If managers gave up at the first sign of trouble, their organization wouldn’t need them. Managers need to stay focused on deadlines and deal with problems swiftly and creatively or things will never get done.
Use Project Management Tools
There are a wealth of project management tools and training available to insure that projects run smoothly. For example, Gantt charts can be a useful planning tool by identifying all the major tasks that need to get done assigning each task to one or more people and given a deadline. Since certain tasks need to be completed before other tasks can begin, those dependencies are noted. This is all put into a chart that forms a graphic visualization of the project timeline.
Get Regular Updates
Managers who are good at executing and delivering results do so by getting regular updates from their direct reports. They don’t leave anything to chance. They are focused on deadlines and expect others to deliver on time so they’re in regular communication on a weekly and even daily basis to hold direct reports accountable.
To improve your execution skills you need to expect problems and try to anticipate where and when they may happen. Once a potential problem begins to emerge, it needs to be dealt with swiftly and thoughtfully. Small problems can often turn into bigger problems if they are not addressed in a timely manner. What are the biggest problems you’re dealing with today? Write them down and create a plan to deal with them proactively.