In the article, the authors defined execution as "...the result of thousands of decisions made every day by employees acting according to the information they have and their own self-interest."
They also identified the top 17 fundamental traits of organizational effectiveness. Here's a quick look at the top five:
- Everyone has a good idea of the decision and actions for which he or she is responsible.
- Important information about the competitive environment gets to headquarters quickly.
- Once made, decisions are rarely second-guessed.
- Information flows freely across organizational boundaries.
- Field and line employees usually have the information they need to understand the bottom-line impact of their day-to-day choices.