2005: Issue 26
Make it Happen
Strategy+business is a magazine “dedicated to the value and power of idea.” (strategy-business.com) In celebration of their 10th anniversary, they surveyed their readers to identify the “top 10 most enduring ideas”; in other words, one’s that had lasting impact. Top on the list was execution, chosen by two thousand readers, ahead of the learning organization, customer service, and disruptive technology, to name just a few.
Some of you might be thinking, tongue in check, “well that’s novel” , yet a frequently referenced management book Execution, The Discipline of Getting Things Done (2002) by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, became a must read in many organizations. The authors contend that execution is the most critical job of an organization’s leaders; ideas are great as are choices, but how will you implement them is what drives success. Paradoxically, execution is the un-idea because it is about doing. It requires having the mental and organizational flexibility and adaptability to put new ideas into practice, even when they counter what you are currently doing.
Is what’s good for the organization also good for the individual? I know it is for me for one of my strengths is the ability to generate ideas, lots of them, day in and day out. They serve me well only if I take the necessary action to make them happen and therein lay the challenge for me. One could say a weakness, but I prefer to say, “we are limited by our strengths.” So, in this case, it is my idea generation, if not managed, handicaps me from “making it happen.”
We are at the cusp of 2005, a time when we are thinking and talking about our new year’s resolutions. Reflecting on ones we established 12 months ago, and perhaps doing a little self flagellation for not following through. Don’t worry as you’re not alone. In our first edition of Tiberius Rx, we quoted some statistics from a Columbia University study: of those who join a health club, most quit within 3 months and some never go a single time; fewer than half of heart attack victims follow through with lifestyle changes.
More examples: good ideas; no execution. Good intentions; no execution. You see the pattern everyday in your professional practice. Whether it is with your patients, staff, peers, boss or heaven forbid, yourself, it is present.
“Make it happen” is my motto for 2006 — personally and professionally. Hoping that 12 months from now, doing so will be habit so that my strength of idea generation does not carry such a high handicap.
ABOUT Extra Ordinary Living
Taking their learning from 20+ years in corporate healthcare, Janet Crawford and David Scheiderer, MD formed Extra Ordinary Living, Inc. in 2003 with an intention of helping physicians, other healthcare professionals and their organizations identify possibilities and opportunities, remove obstacles, and ultimately, optimize results.
Usually the first question we are asked, is why Tiberius? Our trivia friends usually can identify the references……yes, Tiberius was the 2nd Roman emperor, and yes, Tiberius is the middle name of James T. Kirk from Star Trek. One of our life mottos and business principles is “to learn from the past, look to the future but live in the present;” thus, Extra Ordinary Living.
As Executive and Professional Coaches, we are trained to listen, to observe and to customize our approach to our client's needs. We provide tools, support, structure and accountability to help our clients unleash their full potential and optimize results. There are so many reasons for physicians in particular to feel disenchanted with their chosen profession, their calling. Having a coach helps them get back in touch with their passion for being a healer.
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