Positioning to S.C.O.R.E in Unpredictable Moments — Execution –James Rosseau

Talking Trends
3 min readJun 2, 2022

Part 5 of a 5 part series

James Rosseau

Leaders often use knowledge, skills, and experiences at a level of unconscious competence to deliver results. During times of uncertainty, high risk, and diminished control, leaders are forced to kick into action. In such moments, combining developed instincts with an intentional approach is crucial to improve the probability of positive outcomes.

James Rosseau, a solutions-oriented, purpose-driven steward, recently authored a playbook for leaders titled Positioning to S.C.O.R.E. in Unpredictable Moments. This guide for leaders consists of five sequential essentials to help managers prepare for certain situations. James is innately a change agent for human potential, and his natural communication skills allow him to empower others to be and do their best. Through this playbook, James has used his own personal and professional experiences to formulate replicable techniques and mechanisms that can be used by other leaders.

In an interview, James explained why he chose to write this playbook, who the target audience is, and what it means to him. After interviewing James about his guidebook for leaders, we were interested in each one of the five underlying steps that he spoke of. To dive deeper into each one, we decided to publish a series of five stories. Here is a sneak peek into the last step in his guidebook.

The ‘E’ in S.C.O.R.E


In order to properly accomplish tasks, it is essential to developing an execution plan and communication framework that weighs around a constantly changing environment. If you have been following this article, congratulations, you are almost done with your execution planning!

There are different applications of execution but the fundamental ones are

  • Plan
  • Do
  • Review

As previously discussed, highly predictable conditions allow us to operate smoothly. Naturally within execution cycles, where the Planning and Review elements occur on a more familiar situation, are assumptions relative to predictable situations. In other words, “we don’t need to collectively revisit this often, let’s get the work done!”

However, in a period of extended uncertainty, where conditions are likely to constantly change, your execution plan needs to perform to those changing conditions. Consider how effective a daily execution cycle is going to be for your team with some recommended pointers;

  1. You are in an extended period of uncertainty.
  2. Your resolve relative to your uber objective and your “Why, What and Who.”
  3. Your commitment, as a team to shift “where and how,” and this is a part of that shift.

As you set your team up for success in the form of a daily execution cycle, think about your communication style. The RACI chart is a good way to consider who you communicate with and how.

  • Responsible

Team members who are responsible for the task they are assigned to since they have to do the work in order to have the work completed.

  • Accountable

On some tasks, the Responsible party may also serve as the Accountable party but they are the last one to review the task before it’s deemed complete.

  • Consulted

Consulted parties are typically the group of people who provide input based on either how it will impact their future project work or their domain of expertise on the deliverable itself.

  • Informed

These team members simply need to be kept in the loop on project progress, rather than roped into the details of every deliverable.

That being said, ​​the fact that you took the time to keep up with this article already says a lot about who you are as a leader. While nothing can guarantee perfect outcomes, the five steps reviewed within this series of articles certainly set you up for a higher level of success.



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