Stability of thought and Discipline of Action
Successful execution-practitioners are stable in their thought. This means that once they decide upon something they stick to it and do not meander around. Besides, they maintain the consistency of the planned schedule with diligence and discipline. This is critical to effective execution.
Stability of thought refers to the philosophy that once the decisions are arrived at, they should be executed till the desired result is achieved. Changing decisions frequently or veering too much and too often in one's line of thinking will not yield effective results and will definitely confuse and demotivate the employees. For example, if a contest is launched to boost sales and then it should cover major part of the performance period and the organization should not launch new contests every now and then. Too many of these in a short period of time will confuse the sales employees and they will soon stop responding to them. To have discipline of action means that if some standard process has been finalized, then it has to be followed regularly without fail. Breaks in the consistency will dilute the cumulative effect of the program itself. Whenever a new program is launched, there is a significant majority of employees which is skeptical of it. It is only the sheer consistency of the processes being executed every single day which later brings a turn around their attitude towards the program. Once their attitude changes, execution becomes easier. But this shift in the attitude requires grit and determination of the program managers to continue the tasks day in and day out. The discipline of action is the catalyst which brings about performance excellence.