Simple Implementation Templates To Track Progress
When it comes to making something happen, Saint Francis of Assisi said it well, “Start by doing what is necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Use this advice to laser focus your plan and implement it with precession instead of shotgunning the approach. I’ll give you a simple yet powerful plan and tool to stay on track with each milestone until you reach your goals.
I have met CEOs around the world who have told me that what matters most to their successful business growth is having the best products and services. They are not wrong, but they are not 100% correct. Even decent leaders should know that great plans along with great products and services fail if the execution of selling and delivering is bad. Conversely, poor plans along with inferior products and service can succeed if the execution of going to market is good. Therefore, in business, your success hinges on execution. I advocate building a great plan and refining your products and services to be great too, of course. This is what Renaissance Methodology is all about.
The “A” in R+E+NxAISS(A+N+C)E formula is the focus on Accelerating Your Plan to wow customers, operate with excellence and aggressively grow. There is much detail involved in designing and building the right people and processes for this execution. Getting these parts right guarantees you victory. Right now I am going to focus on a simple template to use in your project management teams for tracking implementation progress. Check out the templates below.
Keep in mind there is software you can use or build Excel spreadsheets with formulas that are customized to your needs. Frankly, the only thing that matters is that you hold your people accountable to the timeline set forth and the metrics established in your plan that track to your objectives and goals. Leave room for flexibility as required.
- Empower your Champions and stakeholders to act autonomously
- Give genuine kudos often as earned to continually boost morale
- Place innovation at the pinnacle of the culture so it evolves internally
- Measure mission-critical tasks using the Theory of Accelerance to drive execution
No matter how large a business is. If there are just 1 to 5 people or thousands, the mentality that leaders have of trying to do too much, and not empowering their people is a killer. In my early days of operational management consulting, I witnessed a life lesson in a poultry processing plant in Maryland. A frontline manager did not show up for a scheduled morning meeting with our consulting team. The veteran project manager said, ‘Let’s go get him, and we will probably find him doing someone’s job on the line!’ Sure enough, there was the manager doing a lineman’s job. When asked why he was there and not in the important management meeting discussing the execution plan to improve processes he replied, ‘Well, I am the only one who can do this job the best and the FDA has a serious inspection coming today so I wanted to get it right.’ NO, wrong! Training and empowering the frontline people to get it right, according to the specified timeline and metrics, is the right answer.
I have many stories like this one and have been privileged to work with startups, SMBs and publically traded companies around the world. In the early 2000s, I developed a way to bridge operations, customer experience, and business development into a methodology that transmogrifies businesses in any industry into focused organic growth engines. It is all about the people and processes, but it has to start with the ultimate leader and trickle down through managers into the people. Next, learn to listen to prospects and customers. Then innovation can spawn from the people.
Use this simple yet powerful advice to help your business accelerate the doing parts of your plan, and let the Implementation Process Templates serve as a guide to building your own custom tools. Good luck with your operations, and good hunting in the market!