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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The Importance of Operational Discipline and Formality to Improving Safety in High-Reliability Organizations
When I was in the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power Program, I oversaw numerous High-Reliability Organizations. High-Reliability Organizations (HRO) are organizations which routinely operate and execute in high-risk, dangerous environments, yet have very few safety incidents or mishaps. In my experience, there was one organization that stood out as the “gold standard” – nuclear powered aircraft carriers. Continue reading →
Anyone that has not recognized the necessity for continuous learning in modern business has missed out on one of the most significant lessons learned in recent decades. The forces of rapid global change can render limited professional skill sets obsolete almost overnight. Moreover, organizations that fail to continuously revise their assumptions about their operating environment (i.e. market) will soon face obsolescence or irrelevance. Continue reading →
Way back in 1885 Hermann Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist, famously demonstrated something everyone already knew; that people start forgetting what they learn as soon as they learn it. In his “forgetting curve,” he demonstrated that humans forget half of what they learn within an hour of learning it and a full 2/3 by the following day. Since, psychologists have discovered that there are many ways to improve retention and memory. Continue reading →
Do you know how to collaborate in a disciplined fashion? It’s a great question, isn’t it? The current business and leadership literature touts the importance of collaborating in our turbulent world. Businesses and teams large and small are struggling to wrap their heads around just what collaboration is. Many see collaboration as a challenge that can be met through technology whether it is through social media or virtual conferencing. Continue reading →
Gravity can be a wonderful thing. It keeps us grounded on this big, beautiful, floating blue marble. It’s an irresistible force. Once, I worked with an organization that had a catch phrase. When they encountered a challenge that was beyond the scope of control of their particular team or division they would call it a “gravity issue.” “It’s out of our control,” they explained, “much like gravity – you can’t do anything about it.” Sadly, this mentality represents the culture in many organizations. Continue reading →