What does 85% of the Fortune 50 know about Flawless Execution?
Few organizations operate with the efficiency and precision of elite military teams, but the ones that do practice Flawless Execution. A proprietary continuous improvement process derived from military practices, Flawless Execution is built from a foundational understanding of the habits and qualities of high-performing teams who operate in rapidly changing and challenging environments.
This blog will serve as your go-to resource throughout your pursuit of Flawless Execution. From tips and techniques to white papers and expert articles, you will find everything you need to accelerate performance and drive results in your organization. But most importantly, this will be your home for Flawless Execution. Throughout 2014, we will walk you through the model that has revolutionized the daily processes, and consequently the output, of thousands of organizations around the world.
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First there was change management, where organizations tried to temper the unpredictable forces of change through structured processes and rigid management styles. Then there was change leadership, the forward-leaning, charismatic big brother to change management. The concept of disciplined operations gave way to ambitious vision and inspirational buy-in campaigns. As businesses around the world tried to master change management and change leadership—while simultaneously trying to figure out the differences between the two—academia and the consulting world moved on to transformational leadership, another top-down leadership fad that is still being defined today. Continue reading →
The idea of continuous improvement is one that has made the rounds in organizations of all sizes and types since before the mid-twentieth century, bringing processes like Six Sigma, Lean and ISO 9001 with it. These processes have brought success to many of those organizations, but still others have experienced failed roll-outs and lack of ROI. Whether it’s increased training in these methodologies or marrying them to create the ultimate hybrid process, corporations around the world have struggled to make their operations and cultures fit these initiatives. This level of change is rarely met with open arms, and worse, often isn’t necessary.
By Brian Rivera, MBA, PMI-ACP, CSM, MPM, Afterburner Executive Consultant
This article first appeared on LinkedIn on Jan. 19, 2015
This year’s Super Bowl match-up is yet another chance for old school to be schooled by new knowledge. In less than two weeks we will know if a legendary heavyweight is able to capture Sunday’s and Monday’s social media blitz with a meticulously planned and extraordinarily expensive 60 second masterpiece. Or will an adaptable newcomer have another “You Can Still Dunk in the Dark” moment?
The Super Bowl match-up I am talking about is not the one between the legendary Tom Brady and the agile newcomer Russell Wilson. The real Super Bowl match-up is between old school and new Agile Marketers. The winner(s) will be the ones who maximize marketing results through maximizing the work not done (read that again). And here is the kicker: every organization is able to participate in this this game. You want to play?
Now that you’re aware of all the Pros of Debriefing, you’re likely wondering how to go about conducting one. The process of Debriefing is as important as the Lessons Learned that are gathered from it. Why? Because haphazard or unstructured Debriefs can create more issues than they solve. You run the risk of creating a pseudo-safe environment where criticism is neither constructive nor pertinent and the Nameless, Rankless element is forgotten. Or individual egos affect the team’s ability to identify and thoroughly vet the errors or near-misses of the mission. However, by following the seven-step STEALTH DebriefSM, you can positively affect your team’s operational environment by establishing a culture of continuous improvement that circumvents future errors through Lessons Learned and candid feedback. Sounds great, right? Now, do away with the dreaded end-of-year performance review and follow these seven steps for Flawless Debriefing. Continue reading →
(Because We Couldn’t Think of Any Cons)
It happens time and time again. A project or endeavor comes to an end, be it successful or otherwise, and the team…does what? Of course, the “what next” is generally determined by the outcome of the mission: celebratory team outing or a heads-down push to the next plan. This “what next” can be any number of things, but it rarely includes reflection on the just-completed mission. But why is post-execution performance analysis important? If the objective was met, what is there to learn? We achieved the mission so let’s move on to the next one and continue the streak, right? Wrong. Continue reading →
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