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Week 5 Strategy Series | What do leaders think about taking small steps every day?

What do other 'world renowned' consultants say about Plan, Commit, Take Small Steps Every Day?

The past few weeks we’ve been looking at The Four Quadrants of Focus as a research tool to create a strategic plan. It’s time to look back through your research and summarise your compelling findings.

I wrote in the introduction about the powerful triumvirate – Plan, Commit, Take Small Steps Every Day.

Advisory Works, a New Zealand consultancy, state that the hardest aspect of strategy is implementation. Disciplined execution is the practical application of disrupting business as usual every day.

As a business leader, it’s the process of breaking goals down and driving your team to do what you need today to produce results in a year’s time.

That’s plan, commit and take small steps every day.

Advisory Works use the Golden Ratio 70:20:10.

70% of your time should be spent on business as usual, 20% on reflection, review, and learning (like reading this post) and 10% on implementing strategic actions and project.

10% of every day taking small steps.

Anthony Iannarino states that your success today is because of the steps you took in the past. If we need success to happen today, and haven’t taken the steps necessary in the past, we’re going to find ourselves in trouble.

I remind myself of this every time I call someone like you to begin a relationship. If I don’t call you today, how can I help you in the future? I can hope you might call me, and many of you do, but I can’t rely on ‘hope marketing’.

The future is the hardest thing to sell, Seth Godin says. Especially to yourself.

Seth says, “If you're trying to persuade someone to make an investment or support a new plan, please consider that human beings are terrible at buying these things.

What we're good at is now.

If you want people to be smarter or more active or more generous about their future, you'll need to figure out how to make the transaction about how it feels right now.”

This means you have to feel great about taking the small steps; making the call, rewarding the good people, letting go those who derail, talking to the right people, reading the research and taking action, and so on.

It’s easy to prioritise the fires. As a business leader, though, it’s carving up that one hour of the day to make important things happen now.

This is what John Spence advocates. John gives four key business ideas for success. Number 2 is ‘figure out what to focus on’ and number 3 is ‘figure out what to stop’.

John says that strategy is 100% useless if you don’t create a culture of daily accountability which will lead to future results.

As the business leader, that starts with you. That starts with taking small steps every day.

Next week | How our compelling findings help shape our Vision and Values

Shayne Leslie | Australia | 0412 241 773 | shayne@integratedgovernance.com.au

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