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HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE EXECUTIVE AND GET THINGS DONE

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How to Be an Effective Executive

Success comes easily to the person who gets things done. To the successful, execution is everything. Executions is what leads to success. It doesn’t really matter if you are parent, a school teacher, a middle manager or a household manager. There is always room for more success. And if you aspire to become effective at the art of execution, more success can and will come your way.

You are an executive, whether you know it or not. If you have the power to make a decision, and the capacity to execute on that decision, you are an executive. The real question is, are you an effective one.

So, to help you become an effective executive, and as a result, a more successful person in general, we are publishing some simple practices that anyone can begin implementing today.

So, if you’re ready to learn how to be an effective executive, and master the art of getting things done, let’s get to it:

How to Be an Effective Executive

Things Effective Executives Do

According to Peter Drucker, who is known to many as the father of modern management, there are 8 key practices that successful executives almost always partake in. Drucker observed that effective executives typically displayed a pattern of asking specific questions with regard to getting things done. And these questions and practices were the following:

1. Effective Executives Always Ask, “What Needs To Be Done?”

Effective executives routinely ask “what needs to be done?” This is a critical question to ask, because it helps us pinpoint the what is needed, and what we can do about it.

This question removes fluff form whatever scenario you may be facing, and helps us get to a clearer understanding of the actions we must immediately take.

2. Effective Executives Always Ask, “What Is Right For The Enterprise?”

By asking “What is right for the enterprise?”, you’ll be ensuring that you are being thoughtful in your decision making.

This is important, because if we choose to take action on something that is not right for all the people who will be impacted by our decision, we can accidently create more work for ourselves down the road.

As such, you should always consider what is right for the group, family, organization, or enterprise before taking action.

3. Effective Executive Always Develop Action Plans.

An effective executive creates a plan of action, and then sticks to that plan of action. By having a plan of action, you’ll be much more likely to get started, and you’ll ensure you are taking steps in their proper order.

By not having an action plan, you increase your chances of doing things that are not important to your main goals, or right for everyone who is involved. So, create an action plan and ensure your actions are thoughtful and your efforts are efficent.

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4. Effective Executives Always Take Responsibility For Decisions.

Effective Executives Own The Decisions They Make

Things don’t go as planned, it is a part of life. And when things go wrong, an effective executive always takes responsibility for the decisions made that lead to the outcome.

Similarly, when things go right, the effective executive should also take responsibility. Of course, it is most critical to take ownership however, when things don’t go as planned. By taking ownership, the effective executive streamlines course corrections, and facilitates getting back into action.

5. Effective Executives Always Take Responsibility For Communicating.

Communication is important to just about every activity in any organization, team, or marriage. And troubles typically arise when communication fails.

But, when ownership is taken as to why communications have failed, the issues that cause breakdowns are more readily addressed. And so long as issues are being addressed, issues can be resolved, and progress can be made.

So, if you consider yourself an effective executive, be sure you always take responsibility for communication.

6. Effective Executives Always Focus On Opportunities Rather Than Problems.

Leaders know that you get what you focus on. And that if you spend most of your time pointing out all of the problems your team, group, or enterprises has, you can miss out on opportunities that are easier to identify by those focused on opportunities.

For example, if you are always focused on how an team member, is doing something wrong, you’ll never see what they are doing right. In addition to that, you’ll never even think to find ways to leverage their strengths to your benefit, if all you focus on is their limitations.

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7. Effective Executives Always Run Productive Meetings.

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple once stated that “The longer the meeting, the less is accomplished.” Without a doubt, there is much truth to this. Which is why an effective executive doesn’t just hold a meeting to hold a meeting.

Effective executives hold meetings when there is truly a need for them. On top of this, they ensure that no time is wasted on things outside the scope of the meeting. Value is the focal point of the effective executive’s meetings, and unproductive meetings create little value.

As such, only hold meetings if they serve a purpose, are highly productive, and add value to the organization as a whole.

8. Effective Executives Think And Speak In “We” Rather Than “I”.

If you really want to know how to be an effective executive, you have to learn to begin thinking in “We” versus “I”. If you only focus on yourself, you’ll limit your impact.

But, when you think “We” and speak “We”, all your actions will be directed at moving the needle forward as a group and as a team. This is important, because all great things in business are rarely if ever done by just one person. No they are not. But, they are almost always done by a team of people.

Final Thoughts

Alright, you now have the nuts and bolts for becoming a highly effective executive. By leveraging these practices you will begin to get more things done. Your ability to execute will increase.

Here’s one last recap, to tattoo these practices into your mind. Remember, effective executives always:

  • Ask “What needs to be done?”
  • Ask, “What is right for the enterprise?”
  • Develop action plans.
  • Take responsibility for decisions.
  • Take responsibility for communicating.
  • Focus on opportunities rather than problems.
  • Run productive meetings.
  • Think and say “we” rather than “I”.

With that being said, we hope you’ll leverage these tips and start executing like a Rockstar CEO. But more importantly, we hope you use them to get the right things done and find more success as you do.

Till next time,

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