"doing more with less" or simply doing less with less? how execution cultures get things done by michele comette
There are many organizations and individuals out there who have subscribed to the notion of needing to “do more with less” in order to succeed in the ever-changing economic climate. In addition to implementing legitimate ways to become more lean and effective (e.g. waste reduction, work flow re-engineering), organizations are requiring their talent to become more agile and nimble, more innovative, and more strategic in order to remain competitive in the business landscape, all with less resources and less time. If everything is a priority, how do we get everything done without burning out?
Our new reality may not actually be about doing “more with less” but rather, it may be about doing less with less or simply letting some things go. There’s no doubt we all want to make meaningful contributions and feel as though what we do is making an impact. I don’t think I know anyone who really likes to contribute to unimportant work. But, if everything is a priority, how do we identify what we truly should be working on and get results?
Getting less done with less can really be explained through an execution culture whereby everyone knows what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. It’s a culture of workers who know how to get results with the resources available to them, while understanding the interdependencies of tasks, and demonstrating a commitment to moving an organization towards its goals, all while holding one another accountable for results.
Here are some tips to help you and your organization move towards execution excellence: