Webster defines execution as the carrying out or putting into effect of a plan, order, or course of action. Win Every Day: Proven Practices for Extraordinary Resultsby Mark Miller attempts to show the reader how execution can be improved in both business and personal goals. The author walks you through a three-step process of pursuing mastery, owning the numbers, and helping others win. Through the example of Blake, a CEO working to improve his business and Tom, the new football coach at the high school the principles are described and illustrated. Both Blake and Tom were challenged to help their teams see the status of the organization and to determine if change was needed – or even wanted.
One of the strengths of the book was to show how leadership impacts the process of winning every day and the added responsibilities that must be assumed by those casting the vision. Several quotes from the book, pointed to leadership, are worth remembering:
“Every organization decides how great they want to be.” (p. 8)
“The best way to win on game day is to learn how to win every day.” (p. 30)
“We really can’t win every day without everyone.” (p. 70)
“We can encourage you …but if you want to be great you will have to decide.” (p. 81)
“Execution is not one more thing, it is the thing.” (p. 117)
“Your choices are the only things you can control. Choose wisely.” (p. 127)
At only 140 pages, Win Every Day is a quick read, but it contains valuable insight, and more important, direction for how to implement real change in your organization.
My personal business is in the midst of major disruptive factors that are changing the work landscape. We have the choice to change or die. Decisions on questions posed by this book may well drive the direction we move. How good do we want to be? Is who we are enough? Does our implementation mirror our values? Do we have shared goals and are we working together to achieve them? How am I as a leader helping others to win every day?
As we work through these questions over the next few weeks I will revisit this book to glean a better understanding of the leadership principles. Pursue mastery, own the numbers, and help others win has to become more than a slogan. It needs to be a way of life.
Disclosure: A copy of the book was provided for review. No incentive or direction was given regarding the content of the review.