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Strategic Discipline’s Approach to Five Killer Competencies

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Aug 13, 2010

The Five Killer Competencies Strategic Learning suggests are vital in this fast paced change environment are Insight, Focus, Alignment, Execution and Renewal.  Let’s quickly explore how Positioning Systems coaching and Strategic Discipline Principles keep you on track in all these areas.Discipline sign resized 600

Insight: The daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual planning meeting rhythms require your company to keep pace with the internal and external issues you face.  Each weekly meeting provides a specific agenda focused on customer and employee data.  Pattern Recognition is extremely important to develop insights and these meeting rhythms provide the foundation for developing insights into your business on a regular basis.

Focus: Monthly, quarterly and annual planning meetings provide the structure to apply focus to your top priorities.  The quarterly planning meeting requires your business to concentrate on three to five top priorities choosing one issue as your top priority or ONE THING.  Following the Gazelles and Positioning Systems rhythm meetings principles will keep your team focused on the right things.  Furthermore establishing metrics for company, department and individual priorities, then monitoring them in each meeting will assure focus is maintained.

Alignment: The One Page Strategic Plan is the perfect tool to align the organization from top to bottom.  The entire organization, including metrics and reward systems [Quarterly Planning includes rewards and celebrations], organizational structures and processes, the business culture [BHAG, Purpose, Core Values], and the necessary motivation [Company, department and individual dashboards] of your people- are aligned and energizing your team’s strategic focus on the right priorities.

Execution: Combining meeting rhythms with a focus on the right metrics and priorities accentuates execution. Weekly meetings provide opportunity for collective intelligence where the power of the team drill into challenges and opportunities.  Monthly meetings provide time to dedicate to learning, education and longer time frames to solve problems.  Finally Positioning Systems 4th Discipline provides dedication to defining the key systems in your business that differentiation your company from your competition.

Renewal: Routine sets you free. Meeting Rhythms, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually offer the discipline necessary to constantly review your plan, set new priorities and continually move toward your next target. 

Does your business require this kind of attention to stay ahead of your competition?   Or is it what you desire to achieve its potential?

Einstein called it the most powerful force and the universe.  Next blog will examine the two most powerful forces in the universe, which apart have very little impact, yet when combined release power that multiplies their impact into a combination that’s unbeatable.  

Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, One Page Strategic Plan, priorities, Strategic Planning, Five Killer Competencies

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The Strategic Discipline Blog focuses on midsize business owners with a ravenous appetite to improve his or her leadership skills and business results.

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