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Ability to Execute

Ability to Execute

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If you’re familiar with Gartner’s Magic Quadrants, you’ll recognize Ability to Execute.  “Ability to Execute” is a powerful concept.   Here is a quick mental model to picture Ability to Execute:

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Ability to Execute is a quick way to help prioritize ideas worth acting on.   After all, what good is a bunch of ideas you can’t do anything about. 

In the world around us, there are too many ideas, and not enough action.    I’m a fan of making things happen.   My strategy is aim big, but flow value along the way.   The little wins build execution muscle.    The trick though is to act on things that have value.  Otherwise it’s just noise.  It’s thrashing or churning and burning.  A better approach is to focus on meaningful results and high value.

In the spirit of Garter’s Magic Quadrants, here is a view of Ability to Execute and Value:

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One thing to keep in mind is that value is in the eye of the beholder.

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