When execution is broken, so is leadership. Teams that don’t execute are starving. They crave vision and direction. Carrots don’t improve vision.
Execution breaks down when there’s..
- fuzzy vision
- lack of buy-in
- hidden agendas
- competing priorities
- broken teamwork
Don’t blame, punish, or make excuses. Lead better.
4 Reasons Execution Breaks Down (and what to do about it)
- Lack of Commitment
Excitement doesn’t necessarily mean commitment. Encourage early dissent. Ask, “what’s wrong with this plan?” or “How’s everyone feeling.” Check with folks offline. Ignored objections will visit later in uglier clothes.
- Unspoken Agendas
You’re the boss, so they go along. But, they have their own ideas, stakeholders and personal concerns. Surface competing commitments. Help the team prioritize. Talk one-on-one.
- Fuzzy Direction
You think the plan is clear– it’s not. Ask the team to articulate their specific next steps and timeline. I’m often amazed at the breakdowns. Best to catch them early.
- Moving Too Fast
I’ve got scar tissue on this one.Early in my career my boss pulled me aside.
“Karin, you’ve got good ideas and big energy. Your brain moves quickly. You get remarkably excited. You rally the team and start running. BUT. you get running so far ahead that you forget to look back and see if we’re with you. Slow down, look back, folks are gasping for air on the side of the road and can’t see you. Make sure we’re with you.”
If you’re a runner, learn to wait at the water stops. Check for understanding.
Commitment, agendas, direction, velocity.