Hurdle #1: Every organization believes they have an execution management system. That’s right; every organization believes they have one. The problem is this: it’s not really a system. It’s a bunch of, at best, loosely related individual vehicles for accomplishing different apparent needs to manage execution. One CEO laughed out loud when we said every organization has an execution management system and said, “Yeah, but it’s a rabble!” (We love that word, rabble. It’s was the first time we ever heard it spoken in a sentence). Yes, it’s a disorderly mess.
Every organization has a number of elements in place that they use to manage execution, and they think of it as a system, but it isn’t. Facts are that less than 1% of organizations have a true execution management system in place. One benefit of a system is that when you improve one of the elements of it, you improve the whole system. When you don’t have a system, improving one independent activity doesn’t help the rest.
The point is, when a senior executive says they already have a system, it constitutes a form of resistance that we call the first hurdle. It’s important for them to see the truth of what they have. If they think they have a system, but don’t, they will go on doing what they’ve been doing with the same results.
The following blogs will discuss other hurdles you need to be aware of in order to be successful in implementing execution management. This education comes from an article co-written by Miles Kierson and Gary Tomlinson.
The Age of Execution is Upon Us!