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4 Secrets for Turning Insight into Execution

It can be incredibly rewarding to help an idea click in someone’s head. They now know what needs to be done or what was holding back success until this point. However, this bright idea can grow dim quickly if it’s not nurtured and reinforced. In an article for strategy+business, Elizabeth Doty explains how you can improve your follow-up in order to turn insight into execution:

  1. Document insights in real time, in vivid ways.
  2. Be rigorous about your personal system for managing attention and commitments.
  3. Use questions to reactivate the “aha.”
  4. Notice everyone’s deadlines.

Insightful Execution

A good way to start this process is to document insights in real time. Don’t wait till a meeting or off-site event ends to start capturing these insights, but also be weary of initial over-enthusiasm and people committing to things prematurely. Have your team members check their schedules and then make realistic commitments to next steps. You can record the “aha” moments people have for future recall through many means, such as taking photos of key flip charts.

Doty also says that you need to ensure your own personal system for managing attention and commitments is in check:

If you want to increase your team’s attention density, you need to proactively manage your own focus. There are many valuable methods available — for instance, David Allen’s Getting Things Done is explicitly designed to help you manage the flood of information inputs. The key is to have a personal routine for consciously directing your attention to what matters, and to follow it religiously. Having your own system helps you to choose how to direct your team’s attention, and sets the expectation that they should have similar systems. This is also the only way you or your team can make commitments you know you can keep.

Make sure you continually ask questions to make people think more about the big idea when you see them. This can be done casually in passing or in team meetings or anywhere in-between. Basically, just make sure the gears are still turning with your team members. Additionally, remember to recognize individuals’ deadlines so they know that you’re paying attention to their contributions and that their work still matters in the grander scheme of things.

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