Hurdle #3: People don’t keep their promises. If you’re thinking right now “I keep my promises,” you’re in the majority who think that. However, try this challenge: spend the next week being observant of all the promises you make, big and small. This includes all the times you say “I will,” or “I’ll get that done” or “Okay” to a request because if you say you are going to do something, that counts as a promise. Now, during this challenge, pay attention to how often you didn’t follow through on your promises. You’ll be surprised by the results.
Most of us believe we’re “good” people and we keep our promises. At least that’s our intent. The problem is, as long as we believe we always keep our promises, we don’t recognize that we don’t always do so. And if we don’t recognize this, then the chances of our getting better at keeping our promises – doing what we said we’d do – are limited. In other words, you might tell yourself, “Well I keep my promises, so I don’t have to get better at it.”
Execution can be said to be nothing more than doing what you said you’d do in the time frame in which you said you’d do it. Getting better at keeping our promises is an essential practice for improvement.
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!