By Stephen R. Covey, Ph.D., the co-founder and vice chairman of Franklin Covey, a leading global professional services firm. Stephen is also the author of the best-selling book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”
There is a vast “execution gap” in most organizations that causes many crucial initiatives and change efforts to fail. The execution gap is a human issue that has little to do with market strategy, technology or executive leadership. Several months ago, Franklin Covey asked 11,000 people in the U.S. workforce to tell us about their execution discipline. If the typical organization is like this, execution is obviously at high risk. To close the gap, organizations must practice these four disciplines of execution.