What matters most to me in 2010 is one word: Execution.
I love Peter Senge’s definition of Leadership from his famous book “The Fifth Discipline”: leadership is the ability to get things done. Getting things done means turning ideas into results.
For the past ten years I have been working on this vision of mine. When things work well, it is because I focus on making things happen. When things don’t work so well, it’s because I get too wrapped up in dreams, hopes and wishes…
Yes, positive thinking is important. The Law of Attraction (Ask-Believe-Receive) sounds nice, neat and tidy. But all the Big Dreams in the world amount to nothing until someone is willing to roll up their sleeves and get sweaty all over.
Here is what Execution means to me, right now.
- Execution means clarity – keeping the main thing the main thing
- Execution means discipline – taking purposeful action regardless of how I feel (about it or about me)
- Execution means accountability – measuring and reporting my tangible and intangible results so I tell myself the truth about my current situation
- Execution means systems – having processes and structure to free my mind from sweating the small stuff, so I can focus on what’s important
- Execution means efficiency – doing things right to maximize the return on my investment of time, money and effort
- Execution means effectiveness – doing the right things that move me forward towards my goal
- Execution means progress – making sure I move forward each day
- Execution means commitment – doing what I say is most important to me
- Execution means collaboration – assembling and building a team that actively supports the vision and the mission
- Execution means communication – communicating my intentions constantly and clearly so that everyone who is involved and impacted by what I do knows what is happening and where I’m going
- Execution means purposeful courage – expanding my comfort zone by keeping one foot in and one foot just beyond, giving me a fulcrum from which to propel myself forward into the unknown
- Execution means planning – thinking things through before I act, to optimize my efforts and my results
- Execution means standards – establishing performance levels that I require of my self in all my actions
- Execution means results-focused leadership – ensuring that I stay out of the “strategy trap” where all I do is conjecture and plan, and that I move into action mode
- Execution means celebration – recognizing and celebrating progress so that I can enhance it
- Execution means acceleration – from first learning to crawl then to walk then to run, what is in common is that it’s all about putting one foot in front of the other
- Execution means boundaries – being clear about what I tolerate from others, and being grounded enough to say no (or no more) when it does not serve my purpose
- Execution means imagination – keeping the big vision alive in my mind’s eye
- Execution means relentless focus – being obsessive about creating results in alignment with what I say is most important to me
- Execution means responsibility – adopting the attitude that “the buck stops here”: if it is not working, first look at myself to see what I can change within me, if it is working, then recognizing the contributions of others that make it possible
- Execution means excellence – making a positive difference in the world that fully expresses Who I Really Am.
Dreamers open up the possibility of change, but it’s the doers that make revolutions happen. In 2010 I will be the revolution-maker.
What value matters most to you as you move into 2010?
For more information
Read my original post here: http://blog.davender.com/2009/12/what-matters-most-whats-your-one-word-theme-for-2010
Get Seth Godin’s thought-provoking e-book here: http://www.squidoo.com/Whatmattersnowfreeebook