Keep Score

“There’s a difference between knowing a thing and knowing data.” – Chris McChesney

Chris McChesney shares an interesting view about how education trains leaders in strategy and planning but not execution. We tend to blame people for problems when in reality it is the system that is the problem, and leaders have to own this truth. To stay on track, McChesney shares four leadership disciplines.

  1. Focus on the Wildly Important Goal (WIG): What are the fewest battles to do to win the war? Stay focused on the goal and execute it with simplicity and transparency.
  2. Act on the lead measure: There’s a difference between knowing a thing and knowing data. For example, we may know a thing such as the need to diet and exercise in order to lose weight. But, few know the actual data such as the calorie count needed for our diet. Understand both the thing and the data behind it.
  3. Keep a compelling scoreboard: People play differently when they keep score. Keep a simple scoreboard that is visible with the right measures available to your team. Everyone should know if we are winning or losing.
  4. Create a canvas of accountability: Have weekly commitment meetings—like standups—with your team, but never urgent. Urgency trumps importance, and this is why execution is hard. In these meetings, report on last week’s commitment, review and update the scoreboard, and make commitments for next week. Then break!

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