The organizations that execute the best, have transparency within their organization about the direction of their company and they way they want to achieve it (their strategy).

They reinforce that transparency by utilizing a meeting rhythm that everyone participates in.  Daily Huddles to synchronize activity each day, weekly meetings to set each week’s anticipated actions and close out the completed ones, monthly meetings to measure progress and adjust, quarterly meetings to set a new agenda for the next ninety days.  Annual meetings to regroup and set the table for the coming year.  All of the meetings are looking forward.

The very best organizations operate truthfully, with a sense of fairness, with good intent, and a sense of good will underlying everything.

Come to think of it, they generally are practicing Rotary’s Four Way test when they communicate and then act.  (

  1. Is it truthful?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Doesn’t mean they don’t argue, disagree, or fight.  But they do it with these in mind.  And the drama disappears as they move forward.

The Four Way Test doesn’t solve everything. Still have to have strategy, still have to have good meeting rhythm.  But it sure helps to operate from these four rules.

Learn how to bring these items to your team to enable sustainable growth.  At the upcoming Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Workshop on April 25th.  The workshop is a “working session”  that will bring these three ideas together for your team.