Monday, October 27, 2008

get it done

Last week's blog focused on "sanctioned incompetence" and the need for leaders to be willing to confront those who prove to be incompetent. So what determines competence - especially in leaders? I believe thast leadership competence lies in the ability to GET THINGS DONE. That sounds simpler than it really read on.
Leaders are to be about the task of setting and communciating a vision...leaders are to be about the task of aligning the organization and its people to accomplish the vision...leaders are to be about the process of setting the strategy and direction for the organization to accomplish the vision. So what might this have to do with GETTING THINGS DONE?
I think that mostly this is about finding the right people to help get things done - to holding them accountable to get things done - to following up that things get done - and to reporting when things are done. GETTING THINGS DONE is really about making sure that the vision is lived out by everyone on a daily basis...making sure that the right people are in the right seats on the bus...and about making sure that operational plans are put in place so that strategies are accomplished.
What makes this difficult? Getting involved in the day-to-day tasks that keep one from focusing on the big picture...spending time on day-dreaming (as opposed to real dreaming)...trying to do it all oneself...not inspecting what one is expecting...not measuring one's activiites against the get the idea.
People are watching and asking whether are weas leaders are GETTING THINGS DONE? Or are we merely frustrating those around us by floundering around with more talk than action?

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