Naveen Jain said "Success doesn't necessarily come from breakthrough innovation, but from flawless execution." His point was no that breakthrough or innovation are bad. In fact, they are pretty important for forward movement. At the end of the day, the thing that allows some to leap ahead while others don't even cross the finish line is simply the grit to do what they set out to do.

So what does effective execution look like? What does it entail?

NO EXCUSES. NO QUITTING. NO WAITING.

Having this mindset creates a powerful culture and shifts the atmosphere. 
It sounds simple. And while it is simple, that doesn't mean it's easy. Any venture worth doing -- large or small -- is going to have hiccups and reason to sideline the project. But if the thing you've set out to do is in line with your vision and strategy, not completing said task is simply not an option. Why? Because to do so would erode the things you say matter, and make it easier to quit or "change direction" again the next time it gets tough! Having this bedrock mindset also means that when you hit that hiccup, instead of it creating a sense of defeat, the auto-response is immediately one of problem-solving. How great would it be a to see each derailment as an opportunity to find new solutions?! And when those difficult projects reach completion, it builds team confidence that the next hill is capable of being taken as well.

The point is this: the cost of incomplete or poor execution are greater than that singular project. It creates cancerous consequences and can alter your organization DNA and trajectory. So... NO EXCUSES. NO QUITTING. NO WAITING.

 

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