Leadership Simplified: Doug Van Dyke

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Ideas are Great, Implementation is Better

During a recent brainstorming session with a client, they mentioned a new revenue stream that their business had recently added to their arsenal. I praised them on the concept – it was a great idea. They deflected the praise and mentioned that a colleague had come up with the idea. I then asked if the colleague was also involved in the implementation. They said “no, that was all us.” That comment allowed the real praise to begin. They should be applauded for their focus and meaningful action. 

I hear a lot of great ideas. The action of making those ideas a reality is what separates the exceptional from the successful. Often the act of implantation is complicated and takes a potpourri of coordination. Most implementation begins with two simple steps, which I will mention in a moment. Many professionals leave great ideas languishing – promises unfulfilled – because they do not use a simple system to ensure that actions follow ideas. Here are the two initial steps that lead to successful implementation:

  1. Assign a date for the implementation and place it on your calendar. Note: you may also place it in Tasks or your To Do List, but do not solely place it there.  
  2. Using definitive language, as if the implementation is already complete, tell someone you greatly respect what you or your team is going to accomplish.    

This may sound simplistic, but the journey of 1,000 miles begins….yeah, yeah, you know.            

Posted by Doug Van Dyke on 2009-06-23 at 07:19 AM
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