If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.  – Lewis Carrol

In a word…Intentionality.

We rarely get there by mastering leadership “tricks” or knowing complex theory.

Intentional leaders embrace common sense behaviors with uncommon levels of discipline and grit.

We like to call these common sense behaviors Intentional Leadership.

Intentional Leadership is a byproduct of intentionally practicing a small set of principles over along period of time.

Intentional Leaders achieve Execution by exercising The 4 C’s

  1. Clarity
  2. Communication
  3. Confirmation
  4. Connection

Clarity reminds us that It is not enough for us to know what matters…

we must clearly communicate it to others.

Trying to lead without clarity is like trying to build a house on sand. It is doomed to failure.

Communication takes the form of positive and negative feedback.

This usually takes the form of positive recognition when people are in alignment and negative feedback when they are not.

Balance is crucial here!

Too much positive feedback feels insincere while too much negative all but assures apathy.

Confirmation is simply creating opportunities for people to talk about their results.

The good, the bad and the ugly. They also hold each other accountable for any behaviors that may be hurting the team.

Next to a lack of clarity, this is perhaps the most glaring weakness we have found in businesses.

There is simply no follow up happening and without it the results will always suffer.

Connection happens in the context of strategic and tactical meetings.

These are usually either Solo (1 on 1) or Team meetings that are scheduled on a regular basis to support the first 3 Principles.

They range from morning huddles (3-5 min) to annual offsites (2-3 days).

Connection is designed to address both the strategy and the health of the team.

Bottom line? If integrity is the engine that makes things go, then the these 4 principles are the tires.

Without them, you have something that looks great and sounds nice but it’s not going anywhere.

Relevant Coaches work with leaders and their teams to recognize, understand and apply these principles of execution.

The decisions you make today determine the stories you tell tomorrow.

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