Glenford Smith, Career writer
Talk about 'killing two birds with one stone'. Gleaner columnist Robert Wynter did just that with his In Focus article of Sunday September 29, titled 'PSOJ barking up wrong tree.'
With surgical precision, he provided the answer to the simultaneous equations for two crucial problems. The first, which his column focused on, was a primary cause of many of Jamaica's problems.
The second, which I've extrapolated from the first, is the problem of why many brilliant and talented executives, entrepreneurs, artists, and professionals routinely achieve mediocre results or even fail in their careers.
What's the answer Wynter posited? Lack of execution, pure and simple.
Says Wynter: "I read in the press that the PSOJ has the answer to Jamaica's problems. Among the answers are proposals on which only the Government can take action".
He continues: "These (proposals) appear to be very good plans that the Government should heed. However, what the PSOJ has failed to grasp - or if they did, they have failed to admit - is that the Government's capacity and willingness to execute these grand plans is far more important than the plans themselves."
In other words, the Government is not short on plans. What's killing us is our chronic failure to execute those plans. I believe you should give Wynter's brilliant observation some serious thought if you intend to take your career to its zenith. Here's why.
I've talked to countless people, through the years, who told me, excitedly, of their dream to write a book, start a business, go to college or play the piano. Amazingly, however, only a few ever follow up and follow through on their intentions. They either procrastinated in getting started, or fell victims to distractions along the way.
Many had the talent, intelligence and support, too. Inexplicably, however, they buried their stillborn hopes and desires in the graveyard of unfulfilled dreams. Like successive Jamaican governments, they lacked the will to implement plans to realise their aspirations.
There's a cautionary aphorism which says, 'When all is said and done, all is said and nothing is done.' I think it is because people find it easier to talk and devise fancy plans than to discipline themselves to realise their plans. That's not just my opinion, incidentally.
Several years ago, Fortune magazine published a special feature titled 'Why CEOs Fail'. This special report revealed the findings of an extensive investigation, by famed business experts Ram Charan and Larry Bossidy.
Top CEOs, they discovered, failed not because they lacked intelligence, talent or good strategy. Rather, their undoing resulted from one thing - failure to execute.
In 2002, Bossidy and Charan published Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done. In it, they stated: "Execution is the great unaddressed issue in the business world today. Its absence is the single biggest obstacle to success".
So to take your business, career and personal life to a higher level of success and effectiveness, move beyond talking, planning and intending. Master the discipline of implementation. An average plan which you implement is much better than a brilliant one gathering dust.
Don't kill your plans for greater career success - execute them instead.
Glenford Smith is a motivational speaker and success strategist. He is the author of 'From Problems to Power' and co-author of 'Profile of Excellence'. firstname.lastname@example.org