Whether you’re a football fan or not, you may be interested in knowing about a man whose success as a coach has made him legendary in the annals of football history. He knew how to get things done better than anyone else. Would you like to be better at, execution i.e. getting things done? If so, read on.
In his thirteen years as head coach at the University of Notre Dame, Knute Rockne, the Notre Dame football coach, and his teams compiled a record of 105 wins, 12 losses and 5 ties. He never held a secret practice. In fact, he would often invite the opposing coaches to attend his team’s workouts. His motto for winning should also be the motto for every organization that plays to win. Coach Rockne said, “It isn’t the plays that win, it’s the execution of the plays.”
Every organization, both profit and non-profit, has a variety of processes and systems, i.e. plays. But what lays a foundation for success is how these processes and systems are executed. There are a number of coffee shops across the nation, but Starbucks™ has cornered the market on selling coffee one cup at a time because they execute their process better than anyone else. In case you haven’t noticed, they’re selling the experience, not the coffee.
Whether you’re running an entire company, you’re in your first management job or you’re coaching a football team, if you want to know more about how to get the job done and deliver results, check out the classic book about Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan.
For over 30 years, here are my own Five Key Principles for Execution, which are practiced every day at ReWorkMe
- Focus on the basics
- Pay attention to the facts
- Work from your heart
- Measure what you do
- Reward yourself and others often