"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost

November 1, 2013

Currently Reading: The 4 Disciplines of Execution

This book actually belongs to my mom. But because I recently need the knowledge given in this book, jadilah saya "terpaksa" membaca buku ini.
Kalau boleh jujur, ini non-fiksi yang paling berat yang pernah saya baca sejauh ini. Bukan berat sih, hanya saja bagi saya agak membosankan. Makanya ketika baca selalu saya kaitkan sama hal-hal yang saya butuhkan juga, biar tetep nyambung hahaha.
But then, although it's boring, bisa juga digunakan buat kehidupan sehari-hari kok :)
Now I'm gon' tell you a bit about the book ya... I'm gonna use easy examples so that it's gon' be easier for you to understand..

As individual, we must have once had that great goal that, in time, so often we end up don't execute it.
Why do we do that?
Apparently, it's because we're too busy doing our routines. This routine --that absorbs approximately 80% of our energy, money and time-- is usually called whirlwind.
Ok, so The 4 Disciplines of Execution is the disciplins we need to execute our strategy in the middle of whirlwinds.

And the 4 disciplines are:
Discipline #1 Focus on the Wildly Important
                #2 Act Towards Lead Measure
                #3 Present a Motivating Scoreboard
                #4 Creating the Accountability Rhythm

The book is divided into three parts. Since I've only read the first chapter of part one, at least for now Imma share it first ya :)

So, discipline #1 Focus on the Wildly Important

There are few rules we must follow when doing this discipline, they are:

1. There are only one or two WIG(s) that can be focused on at a time.
Why is it just one or two? Because, if it's more than two, we'll get unmotivated and then we'll get easily distracted by the whirlwind. This is why we need to know what our WIG(s) actually is/are.
What to do, then? Well, we can prioritize.

2. The battle you choose MUST win the war.
The book says the only reason we are in to the battle is to win the war.
Our lower-level WIG must not only support but also make sure the success of the higher-level WIG.

3. Senior leader can do veto, but is prohibited to dictate
It needs engagement of all parts of team to make the execution succeed. This is why senior leaders must permit the leader in the level below them to define the WIGs of their team.

4. All WIGs must have "End Line" in a form "from X to Y when".
WIGs must be measurable.

*due to time limit, this post is not done yet but still gonna be posted. To be continued. I'll add the examples here when I get the time. Thanks for reading this post, have a lovely day :)

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