Getting things done – A Key Strength of Successful Leaders
Have you ever taken the Gallup StrengthsFinders test? (www.strengthsfinder.com) It is a really neat personality test that reports back your top 5 strengths out of 34 possible personality traits. It is by far the most accurate, and useful personality test I have ever used.
In the spirit of full disclosure, here are my strengths:
As CEO of AchieveIt, it seems entirely fitting that my #1 strength is Achiever. I pride myself on getting things done. I am the sort of guy who keeps lists and checks things off as I go. As a leader of an organization, it is my responsibility to ensure that the company meets its goals. As management guru Larry Bossidy (former chairmen of Honeywell) and Ram Charan wrote in their best-selling book Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done (http://www.ram-charan.com/books/execution/ ) , “Execution is the job of the business leader”. If you aren’t getting things done, the rest just doesn’t matter.
However, it can be challenging to achieve your objectives- and get the right things done – through a group of people. Does this sound familiar? You hold an all hands’ meeting to discuss the plan for the year. You email it out to everyone. January goes by, and you are already nervous that the organization is not fully executing the plan. Why?
These two issues in turn cause two major problems:
So what can you do to join the list of high achievers known for getting things done?
It would seem that there should be some enterprise software that is purpose-built to help leaders achieve their objectives through the collective actions of employees. For goodness sake, sales organizations have been using CRM tools like Salesforce.com (www.salesforce.com) for decades to collectively achieve sales targets.
That is where AchieveIt comes in. We have developed the software platform that helps all of the rest of the organizations in a company achieve objectives. We use it internally here at the company. Come check us out at www.achieveit.com or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.