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Blocking & Tackling

One time Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach John McKay said it best, “We didn’t tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.”

McKay was known for his colorful quotes with the media, but this particular one resonates. Sometimes, we’re quick to itemize the reasons we missed the objective, goal, target, or prize. Not enough resources. Customer loyalty is gone. Macroeconomic dynamics. Corporate is slow to respond. The list goes on and on. It becomes a dangerous game we play to rationalize and justify poor performance. And eventually the lines become blurred between perception and reality.

What about execution? Where does that come into play?

Execution is the backbone of any organization or individual’s success. A strategy is useless without implementation and execution.

Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, created a simple leadership model over a 20-year period.

The 4 E’s of Leadership

Energy – Individuals with energy love to “go, go, go.” These people possess boundless energy and get up every day ready to attack the job at hand.

Energizers – They know how to spark others to perform. They outline a vision and get people to carry it out. Energizers know how to get people excited about a cause or a crusade.

Edge – Those with edge are competitive types. They know how to make the really difficult decisions, such as hiring, firing and promoting, never allowing the degree of difficulty to stand in their way.

Execute – The key to the entire model. Without measurable results, the other “E’s” are of little use. Executers recognize that activity and productivity are not the same and are capable of converting energy and edge into action and results.

Execution is the great eraser. It negates and offsets all of the other obstacles that are between you and the prize. You don’t have to worry about the “objects in the mirror that are closer than they appear” because execution keeps you out in front. Everyday I’m hustling…

Execution is neither complex or complicated.

At the end of the day it comes to simple things like blocking and tackling…

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2 Comments on “Blocking & Tackling”

  1. Steve 02/01/2013 at 7:38 AM #

    My favorite McKay quote when asked by a reporter what he thought of his team’s execution today – “I’m all for it!”

    • Candela 10/28/2013 at 12:50 PM #

      Oh, be careful Diane. I’m not sure I would suttbituse regular pastry flour for whole wheat flour. Whole wheat is still tougher, so can handle being added to a quickbread dough. I might experiment with your pastry flour by using at least half to two-thirds regular all purpose flour. Otherwise, whip up a bunch of cakes!

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