Execution is usually defined as having the ability to achieve individual goals or objectives. In the workforce, employees who are able to execute in high volumes tend to be promoted to upper management positions, while slower, more lethargic employees don’t. The catch with execution is that even though managers want you to do as much as possible, there’s a risk of taking on too much. When managers work very hard and around the clock they expect their team members to do the same. However, pushing too hard on demands and expectations can lead to an unhealthy work environment or even worse, having employees quit. Instead of potentially risking the loss of your employees, try other more sustainable ways of encouraging and improving execution. Take a look at these three ways that you can use to develop a healthier, more effective method of execution:
I. Strive to be clear and methodical.
Instead of jumping right into the execution of a task or project, take the time to prepare. Make sure you are clear on what needs to get done, how it should get done, and who is responsible for what. When everyone is collectively responsible for a task, that actually means no one is. You must be methodical and develop a structure and a plan according to what said goal is. When you are organized and strategic, you and your team will have a clear sense of direction and will ultimately accomplish the goals more efficiently.
II. Plan out stretch goals and deadlines.
For example, go ahead and ask your team what it would take for them to complete a goal two weeks before the original deadline. According to their answer, adjust accordingly and set a stretch goal. It’s important you’re realistic and fair when setting a stretch goal; the point is not to burn out your team. That said, strategic stretch goals have proven to engage employees more and make them feel more satisfied with their work. It’s always rewarding when a team joins forces and accomplishes something they previously thought they were not able to do. Aside from stretch goals, always make sure you set regular deadlines. Employees may not love them, but the truth of the matter is that deadlines truly help in the execution of tasks and projects.
III. Build team unity
One of the best ways you can build team unity is by resolving conflicts that will inevitably arise between team members. When you’re working with a team, there will always be different opinions and attitudes towards the work that needs to get done, so naturally there will be conflict. But if you are able to respectfully hash out your differences as a team, you will naturally become more united. You will develop respect and trust amongst one another and, as a result, working together will become a smoother process.
If you want to improve your ability to execute, go ahead and implement some of these strategies into your workspace. According to what your team needs, adjust them fairly. Keep in mind that a combination of all three will probably be your best bet in order to truly execute effectively.