Principles Of Effective Execution (Not for public use)
1. Effective Execution is The Real Challenge
How is it that some people seem to accomplish so much while the vast majority of people never accomplish what they are capable of? If you could fully tap your potential, what might be different for you? Click the link to read more
2. Rethink Your Year
Most people and most organizations for that matter don’t lack ideas. Whether they’re marketing techniques, sales ideas, cost-cutting measures, or customer service enhancements, there are always more ideas then you can effectively implement. The breakdown is not in knowing, but in applying. Click the link to read more
3. Discard Yearly Thinking
At the heart of annualized thinking is an unspoken belief that there is plenty of time in the year to make things happen. In January, December looks a long way off. Click the link to read more
4. Significant Activity Occurs Towards Year End
If you’ve ever been part of a year-end push, you know that everyone is focused on getting business in and completing important tasks. The difference between success and failure for the whole year can hang in the balance during the last 60 days. More often than not your results spike upward as the days in the year dwindle towards zero. Click the link to read more.
5. Systematic Planning (Periodization)
Periodization began as an athletic training technique designed to dramatically improve performance. Its principles are focus, concentration, and overload on a specific skill or discipline. Click the link to read more.
6. 12 Weeks Equals A Year
Forget about a year. By now you can see the pitfalls associated with annualized thinking. Let’s define a year. A year is no longer 12 months, it is now only 12 weeks. That’s right, a year is now a 12 week period. There are no longer four periods in a year, that’s old thinking. Now, there is just a 12 Week Year, followed by the next 12 Week Year, ad infinitum. Each 12 week period stands on its own – it is your year. Click the link to read more
7. The Sentimental Alliance Or Emotional Connection
Effective execution isn’t complicated, but it’s not necessarily easy, either. In fact, most people and companies struggle to execute well. Execution invariably requires taking new actions, and new actions are often uncomfortable. Click the link to read more
8. It Is time To Strengthen And Develop Your Brain
The brain is an amazing organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and doesn’t stop until you get into work. Our brains are wonderful, powerful and inconsistent. Due to its multiple functions, sometimes your brain can seem to be working at cross purposes with itself. Click the link to read more.
9. You Have To Ditch The Yearly Plan. 12 Month Planning Is Out
Once you have a clear vision of where you want to go, you will need a plan to get there. Imagine yourself driving to a destination with a map. You will probably agree this is not a good idea. Click the link to read more.
10. 12 Week Planning Is More Predictable
Like no other approach that we are aware of, 12-week planning delivers these benefits and then some over traditional annual planning. We’re not talking about quarterly planning – remember, that’s part of the outdated annualized-thinking model. With 12 week planning, every 12 weeks stands alone; every 12 weeks is a new year and a fresh opportunity to be great. Click the link to read more.
11. Setting Targets: Critical Actions
The whole point of planning should be to help you identify and implement the critical few actions that you need to take to reach your goal. If planning didn’t help you execute better, there would be no reason to plan. However, the sad fact is that most plans are not written with implementation in mind. The way the plan is structured and how it is written impacts your ability to effectively execute. Click the link to read more.
12. Take Actions Every Day
Long-term results are created by the actions you take every day. The secret to success is living your life in “day-tight compartments.” While we plan for the future, we act in the day. To be truly effective, your daily activity must align with your long-term vision, strategies, and tactics. Click the link to read more.
13. The 7 Day Plan
The 7-day plan or weekly plan is a powerful tool that translates your 12-week plan into daily and weekly action. The weekly plan is the instrument that organizes and focuses your week. It becomes your weekly game plan. Click the link to read more.
14. Challenging The Facts
Have you ever wondered why sports are so motivating? In fact, not only are they motivating to the players, but also to the spectators. Can you imagine people – fans – coming to watch you work, paying for the privilege to see you in action? One of the key reasons sports are so stimulating is that we keep score. Click the link to read more.
15. Comparing Outcomes Or Measuring Results is The Key To Success
Scorekeeping functions as a reality check, providing performance feedback and insight to your effectiveness. Effective measurement removes the emotion from the evaluation process and paints an honest picture of your performance. The data is not concerned with effort or intentions; it simply focuses on outcomes. Click the link to read more.
16. What Do Your 7 Day Results Or Weekly Scorecard Look Like
The best way to measure your execution is to work from a weekly plan (based upon the 12 week plan) and evaluate the percentage of tactics completed. For the 12 week year we’ve developed the Weekly Scorecard. If you’ve followed the process thus far, you understand that the weekly plan represents the critical activities that you need to accomplish each week to achieve your overall goals. Click the link to read more.
17. Deliberate Direction Is Intentionality In Progress
Everything you want to accomplish in life requires an investment of your time, s when you want to improve your results, you must face the fact that your supply of time is completely inelastic and perishable. Click the link to read more.
18. Chunking Your Time: Blocking Out Time In Your Schedule
Benjamin Franklin said, “If we take care of the minutes, the years will take care of themselves.” That is wise counsel. The challenge in applying his wisdom is that throughout the day things come up – things that you didn’t anticipate that will eat up your valuable minutes. Click the link to read more.
19. Accountability Is Crucial For You
Accountability is perhaps the most misunderstood concept in business and life. Most people equate it with bad behaviour, poor performance, and negative consequences. It’s no wonder that most people want nothing to do with accountability. Click the link to read more.
20. Commitments Are Powerful: Interest Versus Commitment
Commitments are a powerful part of the 12 Week Year. An ability to make and keep commitments improves results, builds trust, and fosters high-performance teams, yet many of us avoid making commitments, and worse yet, we often break them when the going gets tough. To be truly great at what we do, we have to become better at keeping our promises. Click the link to read more.
21. The Future Is Created Now: Greatness In The Moment
They say that with technology the world is now smaller; I think it’s also moving faster. Life seems to be getting busier and speeding up
Don’t get me wrong technology is great but the downside is that we now have very little downtime in our day. It used to be that on the drive to and from work you could ramp up and ramp down, but now most people spend that time on the phone. The natural margin in our day is disappearing, but we still need time to mentally relax. Click the link to read more.
22. Do The Right Things Now: Performing In The Moment
When does a champion become great? The obvious answer seemed to be when the individual achieves a high level performance, such as winning a gold medal.
Greatness is not achieved when the result is reached, but rather long before that, when an individual chooses to do the things that he or she knows needs to do. Click the link to read more.
23. Calculated Disproportion Or Intentional Imbalance
The 12 week year is powerful and life-changing. One challenge most of us face is balancing our time and energy – between work and family, community service and recreation, exercise and relaxation, personal passions and obligations. Too much time and effort spent in a single area can create burnout and a lack of fulfillment overall. Click on the link to read more.
24. The Implementation Process Or Execution System
The 12 week Year is an execution system that helps you operate at your best each day by creating clarity and focus on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. As a result, more of the important stuff gets done day in and day out. Click the link to read more.
25. Accountability Commitment And Decision. The Three Principles
The 12 Week Year builds a foundation of three principles that in the end determine an individual’s effectiveness and success. These principles are:
- Greatness In The Moment (Decision) Click on the link to read more.
26. The Five Success Disciplines
The 12 Week Year tackles both the way you think and the actions you take. At the action level, it concentrates on building capacity within a set of success disciplines that are required for effective execution. Click the link to read more.
27. Change Your Inner Game Emotionally Now
To apply the 12 Week Year will require change, and change is uncomfortable. It’s helpful to understand the process we go through emotionally when faced with change, so we won’t be derailed by it. Whenever we decide to make a change in our lives, we experience an emotional roller coaster. Click the link to read more.
28. An Exclusive Structure: A Closed System
The 12 Week Year can be described as a closed system in that it contains everything you need to succeed. If you apply the 12 Week Year fully, as a complete system, you can’t help but improve. The challenge is that not everyone applies it as a system. Click the link to read more.
29. You Must Create Your Perception: Establish Your Vision
The first step to creating a breakthrough with the 12 Week Year is to craft a great vision for yourself. This should be a fun and inspiring exercise. Vision is critical because there will be days when you just won’t feel like taking action on your plan. To help you stay on track, you will need a powerful reason why – and that’s your vision. Click the link to read more.
30. Possibility Thinking
Unfortunately, when we imagine a future that is significantly bigger than our current reality, we can begin to think that it is impossible for us. We can see others who have achieved great things, but we start to think that there is no way that we can get there. Click the link to read more.
31. Develop Your Future Through Perception: Craft Your Vision
The best visions balance your personal and professional lives. Typically your passion comes from your personal vision, and passion is the energy source that helps you push through the pain of change and the valley of despair. Click the link to read more.
32. What Is Your Concept Of Vision?
What is your concept of vision? By its nature, vision is a thinking exercise, but how you view the concept of vision will impact the degree to which you leverage and benefit from it. Click the link to read more.
33. Group Coaching: Team Application
While vision is generally, an intensely personal exercise, a manager can often take some specific actions, through group coaching, that will help their direct reports to more effectively leverage their visions. Vision is the best starting point for all effective performance-based coaching relationships because vision creates ownership. Click on the link to read more.
34. Group Perception: Team Visions
As a leader, it’s important that you establish a team vision for your company, division, or group. We are not talking about a vision statement that is worded just so and framed and hung on the wall. The team vision is similar to the individual vision in that it describes the destination at a fixed point in the future. Click on the link to read more.
35. Preparation Is Crucial: Planning Is Beneficial
Preparation is crucial for any worthwhile project. Preparation is a vital component of any progressive enterprise or program. Unless your job is mostly reactionary in nature, it’s hard to argue against the value of planning. Click on the link to read more.
36. Act In The Moment: The Game Changer
Operating in the 12 Week Year execution cycle creates an increased premium on the value of time. In 12 weeks, each day counts towards reaching your goals. The value of each moment is brought into sharp focus when there are only 12 weeks in your entire year. One of the benefits that come from applying the 12 Week Year is learning to act in the moment because that’s where the future that you will experience is being created. Click on the link to read more.
37. Great Design Encourages Action: A Good Plan Fosters Solid Execution
What we are looking for is effective execution and a great design encourages action. It means that the planning stage has had some serious thought before being written down. Click on the link to read more.
38. Competent Preparation Shape: Effective Plan Structure
The structure or shape of the plan that you write matters if you want to set yourself up to be successful. A good plan starts with a good goal. Competent preparation shape, also described as effective plan structure is a requirement. If your goal is not specific or measurable, the plan that you write will also be vague. The more specific and measurable your 12-week goals the easier it will be to write a solid 12-week plan. Click on the link to read more.
39. Set Up Your Targets: Establish Your 12 Week Goals
Deciding where you are going is the first step to getting there. Effective planning absolutely begins with a well written, specific, and measurable 12-week target – a target that you own, that, if you hit it, creates meaningful benefits for you – a target that makes a difference. Click on the link to read more.
40. Creating Your Target Roadmap: Writing Your 12 Week Plan
Now it’s time to write your first 12-week plan or as I like to call it creating your target roadmap. The plan is the roadmap needed to reach your 12-week targets. The best plans are focused on one or two things that you want to make progress on in the next 12 weeks. The fewer goals and weekly actions there are, the easier the plan will be to execute. Click on the link to read more.