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The Leadership Code: Five Rules to Lead by by Kate Sweetman, Norm Smallwood, Dave Ulrich

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THREE

Rule 2

Make Things Happen

To make things happen, be an executor:

1. Make change happen.

2. Follow a decision protocol.

3. Ensure accountability.

4. Build teams.

5. Ensure technical proficiency.

EXECUTION IS MAKING SURE that you get where you are going. Knowing where you are going and getting there are two very different challenges. We often know where we want to go and what we should to do, but we don’t do it well. At a personal level, we know we should exercise, eat healthily, and spend time with those we love, but in the inevitable rush of life, too often we don’t do these things as well as we would like. Execution is the ability to turn what we know into what we do.

As a leader, your ability to execute will enable you to turn strategic ...

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