Thomas Edison was a visionary, and one of the most influential people in modern human history because he understood the effort it took to successfully execute a vision. As Edison once quoted, Vision without execution is delusion. With effective tools and techniques available today, executing your vision with effective organizational collaboration and planning can lead you to success.
During my 30 plus years in a large corporation, I worked with many people who had vision but not everyone was able to turn their vision into reality. Although it is true that in many organizations Leadership is responsible for developing the vision, implementing their plans was usually left to others in the organization. Unfortunately, if a solid connection was not made between Leadership’s vision and the plan for execution, the project wouldn’t succeed.
I’ve had the good fortune to work on several successful teams and it became clear to me that the success of a project was usually a function of who was on the team. I noticed the successful team members consistently took the following action steps:
- Connected the vision to the work. The team members who were successful at execution were able to connect the project’s goal (vision) to their current work and the overall success of the organization. The path was clear to them on how the vision could be achieved and how it would positively impact their jobs and the success of the company.
- Developed an effective plan. Successful members were well organized and able to develop an effective plan for themselves and enlist their teammates in the effort. Their plans for success were well documented and communicated to the team. This communication fostered a sense of ownership and a feeling of transparency that was inherently healthy.
- Obtained access to accurate and timely data. Success was possible when accurate information and data were readily available. The successful team member knew how to obtain and use the information effectively to drive the project. Those who were able to execute the plans were well versed in using the data management tools available to them. If the tools weren’t available, they would develop their own set of tools that made gathering data and reporting very efficient.
- Provided clear and concise communication with all stakeholders. This means they developed and published the progress of the project to all interested parties. Communicating pertinent information on a timely basis allowed for discussion of the results and insights. If the information was clear, complete, and concise, it provided guidance to Leadership and facilitated an honest discussion of the project’s progress. In this environment, the project had a greater chance of success.
A team member who understood the planning and hard work it took to achieve the vision got noticed and was always given more opportunities to be successful. See how you can turn your team's productivity quotient around by solving the problem of Excel latency. Click on the banner below to see datatooth, the enterprise planning and collaboration platform in action.
PS: Thomas Edison had many quotes, but this one pulls it all together: Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
About the Author: Mike McAlister works as the Client Relations Director and Independent Sales Consultant with datatooth. If you're interested to learn more about datatooth or schedule a demo, please reach out to him: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit: www.datatooth.com