When Chris McChesney stopped his GLS 2016 talk to emphasize this point, every leader in the room nodded.
As leaders, we are responsible, accountable—and let’s face it—energized by getting things done. We clearly see a bright future for our teams and organizations. We wake up every day wanting to move initiatives forward toward that future reality.
And the most frustrating moments in our days are when we realize that we are stuck in the day-to-day activities—“the whirlwind”—and seem unable to make progress on what really matters.
At the 2016 GLS, Chris McChesney’s excellent session provided a pathway to help us get unstuck: the 4 Disciplines of Execution process.
Many of us sat through that session and thought, “I really need to go back to that topic sometime.” Well if that was you, there’s no time like the present! As a GLS community, we will focus on the topic of Execution during the month of April. Here’s how you can follow along.
- Watch the Execution Defining Moments on GLSnext. In this month’s edition, Bill Hybels will discuss this topic with Heather Larson, explaining how he identifies the most important goals for Willow Creek and the process he uses in execution.
- Follow this topic on the Follow the GLS Every week, look for new perspectives on Execution from trusted voices in the GLS extended family. This month, we will feature posts from:
- Schedule time to reflect on how you are doing with Execution. Here are a few questions to get you started:
- Of all the things your team could be doing, have you identified your one or two key goals for the next 3-6 months?
- Do you have a plan in place to “break out of the whirlwind” and ensure that you are moving forward toward this goal?
- Have you identified your key lead measures and lag measures for the goal?
- What ongoing accountability systems have you put in place to ensure progress?
- If you are a WCA member, look for the Skills in Action resource: The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Wildly Important Goals that will be released on April 15. Found under the Year-Round Leadership Development tab on the WCA membership website, this tool is specifically designed to help you grow the skill-side of your leadership in execution.
Let’s spend this month breaking out of the whirlwind—and move the needle forward on our most important goals.
Liz Driscoll is the Digital & Year-Round Content Director at Willow Creek Association. Passionate about ideas, the local church and with a deep conviction that fired-up, Christ-centered leaders can change the world, she oversees content for GLSnext, Defining Moments, the Follow the GLS blog and was the content director for the companion Study Guide for Bill Hybels’ most recent release, Leading from Here to There.