Well execution is something that has interested me for long. I have written about it earlier and continue to remain amazed about how so many in leadership positions ignore the value of execution. One factor, and I may get run over by a truck for saying this, could be how easy it is to change jobs these days. In some industries it’s a musical chairs of sorts. The same people move from one company to another. If I know I am all set to move in a year or two how motivated am I likely to be to accomplish any long term goals! Idea – Senior positions must come with a bond to serve the role for three years!!! I know I am a wanted man now.
So, where am I on my goals?
My first goal was about getting better at work – helping our stakeholders with faster, better, and cheaper (a term credited to Michael Hammer) processes. I am on track for this. Cant talk much about it since this is a bit employer specific.
Second goal was about becoming more customer centric. Not much progress here but I am talking about it.
Third goal was about making ASQ India and ASQ Bangalore more active – good progress on this. WE have had four meetings in the last four months (one due next week). We have had companies sponsoring these events and the line-up of speakers has been brilliant.
Fourth goal was to Read, write, and speak more – some progress on this. Completed reading a fantastic book. The Last Lecture by Prof. Randy Pausch. Check it out – if you have to read just one book this year then this is it! I am now reading Faster, Cheaper, Better by Michael Hammer and Lisa Hershman. I bought this book more from respect for Dr. Hammer (this is last book…he passed away in 2008). I am not regretting the investment one bit.
And the final goal was around family – I have started running again. Hoping to fall into a habit and lose some weight.
Not bad! Not very good either.
There is another goal which I did not write about – this is inspired from ASQ’s new tag line – The Global Voice of Quality. I have become very vocal about raising my voice against poor quality. Have complained to leading companies about the poor service I am getting. And surprisingly they are listening. Not only listening, acting as well. I am learning that if you have a firm and clear voice you can move mountains.
What was the tipping point? Sharing goals in public helped. Hoping to continue.