Unwritten Rules of Management (Leadership)- “Constantly review developments to make sure that the actual benefits are what they are supposed to be.”

From my recent blog series, I shared that a client of mine passed along a copy of former Raytheon Chairman & CEO William H. Swanson's "Unwritten Rules of Management." 

There are several enduring virtues or principle's contained in "Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management" (If interested I would encourage you to "Google it!") 

If the axiom is true that we're all products of the five people that we are closest to, this compendium embodies precisely that. Swanson refers to the Unwritten Rules as the "anthology of common sense."

Let's get to number 7 then.

Unwritten rule #7 "Constantly review developments to make sure that the actual benefits are what they are supposed to be. Avoid Newton's first law."

For me, my synthesis of this particular Unwritten Rule:

First of all, in my book, execution trumps strategy. In this country, in my view, we aren't short of good strategies. We do suffer some from the lack of execution. 

Set KPIs. Monitor KPIs through constant vigilance and environmental scanning. As leader there, who else? As an organization, if we shift off course, deviate from expected or drift, set a course correction. Don't list.

Newton's Law says that "for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction."

Understand that the actions that you take may have second or even third effects. Often unintended consequences. If you're really, really good, peer around the corner and assess the probabilities of those second and third reactions. Go deep and think further on what you might do if those unintended reactions occur. Be nimble. Cute cat.   

Peer around the corner

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