get_it_done_450pxSuccess in business requires a number of essential ingredients. A sound strategy. A robust business model. Effective planning. Strong financial controls and bookkeeping. A good team. Great systems. Measurement. Focus.


But you know what? Even all those elements are not enough without this skill: Execution.


Call it Getting Things Done, making things happen, the action habit, extreme focus call it what you like, for many practice owners it’s what separates mediocre from magic. It’s the difference between a practice that plods along from one year to the next, and one that grows, evolves, impresses, enriches.


Execution is a skill. Sadly, we’re not taught it at school. The good news is that, as adults, we can go out and find the information and principles of effective execution, then apply them. Daily.


To fast track you on your journey towards becoming brilliant at execution, here are some books that we highly recommend that you not only read, but you study, practice, live by:




  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Book, Audio
  • Getting Things Done: Book, Audio
  • Influencer: The Power To Change Anything; Book, Audio





Read (or listen) to those books, and your mind will be permanently re-wired. Obstacles and frustrations will become Projects, Tasks, or Wildly Important Goals. And you’ll have a pragmatic framework for achievement and creating the change you want in your business.


And in your life. It’s powerful stuff.


We’d love to hear of your favorite books on this ‘execution’ topic. Please share them in the Comments below, and after you read (or if you have already read) any of the books above, please share with us the key principles and practices that have made the biggest difference to you in terms of getting things done and executing your ideas.


Mark J. McGaunn, CPA/PFS, CFP® leads the veterinary/dental/financial planning divisions at McGaunn & Schwadron, CPA’s, LLC and can be reached via mark@mcgaunnschwadron.com or (781) 489-6651.