Linking Strategy to Personal Performance
In their Harvard Business Review article, Turning Great Strategy into Great Performance, Michael C. Mankins and Richard Steele give seven rules for successful strategy execution for an organization.
The same rules can be applied to a professional career to improve your personal performance.
1. Keep it simple.
- Know who you are, where your contributions lie and be able to articulate them in a crafted and honed one minute "elevator speech.
- Evaluate for yourself the prevailing thoughts on who is difficult to work with, on whether the idea was tried before and failed, on what the market needs, and build a compelling case for trying something new.
- Define what success means to you and align your work with your goals; whether the work is a means to an income, a source of personal satisfaction, a place to grow and enjoy power.
- Know what it will take to meet the goals you lay out for yourself and put a structure in place to ensure that your time and emotional commitment are allocated appropriately.
- Meeting your objectives requires the identification and execution of key actions. Are you taking the steps every day that move you closer to your goal.
- Whether it's how many times you exercise a week, how many networking calls you make, how many customer problems you resolve or how many days you make quality time for your family, tracking your measures of personal performance will keep you on track to your personal success.
- Plans, goals, measures and "I shoulds" are easy to create. The challenge lies in developing the plans and structures one goal at a time, and then developing the habits that support achieving success.
My question is what could be achieved for the individual and the organizations if some of that commitment and those skills were turned toward developing individual success.