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"“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”"

-John Wooden, Basketball Coach

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October 2017


The Third Discipline of Execution

The Meeting Rhythm is the third of the disciplines of execution. I know that most of us dislike meetings, but think about it. How else do you communicate effectively all that needs to be communicated in a business of any size? Typically, the problem isn’t meetings. The problem is bad meetings.

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The First Discipline of Execution

The first discipline that is necessary for excellent execution we call ‘priorities’. Every business faces the same challenge. There is always too much to do and too little time to do it in. As the numbers of people in a business grows, it becomes increasingly more difficult to keep everyone on the same page and focussing on the same thing. Individually we will all have our own tasks, our own preferences and our own interpretation of what is important. The natural consequence of this is that very quickly businesses and organisations become fractured as people start following their own agendas and setting their own priorities.

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When Cash is King

No one can prepare us for the reality check that comes the first time, as a business owner, we need to sign the cheque to make the payroll. Nothing can prepare us for the reality that bites at that moment, the realisation that if there isn’t enough cash available that people are not going to get paid and all that will ensue. That moment of truth is a defining moment and I don’t believe that anyone who has not been in that position can ever fully realise what it is like.

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