The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

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Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash? Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities?

By the time it finally disappeared, it’s likely no one even noticed.

What happened? The “whirlwind” of urgent activity required to keep things running day-to-day devoured all the time and energy you needed to invest in executing...

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Overview

Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash? Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities?

By the time it finally disappeared, it’s likely no one even noticed.

What happened? The “whirlwind” of urgent activity required to keep things running day-to-day devoured all the time and energy you needed to invest in executing your strategy for tomorrow! The 4 Disciplines of Execution can change all that forever.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following The 4 Disciplines:

• Focusing on the Wildly Important

• Acting on Lead Measures

• Keeping a Compelling Scoreboard

• Creating a Cadence of Accountability

leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams.

4DX is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that have been tested and refined by hundreds of organizations and thousands of teams over many years. When a company or an individual adheres to these disciplines, they achieve superb results—regardless of the goal. 4DX represents a new way of thinking and working that is essential to thriving in today’s competitive climate. Simply put, this is one book that no business leader can afford to miss.

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Editorial Reviews

Governor of Georgia, 2003-2011 - Sonny Perdue
“The State of Georgia had unprecedented success as a result of implementing the principles outlined in The 4 Disciplines of Execution. We certified hundreds of leaders to take the disciplines to every department, achieving unprecedented results in customer service, quality improvement, and cost reduction. These execution principles are a must for any government agency that is seeking to be world class.”
President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company - Herve Humler
“In a business world where the essence of leadership centers around strategy, this book highlights the true requirements of any organization to focus on the principles of execution. At The Ritz-Carlton, I believe the only way to strengthen operational excellence is through flawless execution. The application of Focus, Leverage, Engagement and Accountability, as discussed in The 4 Disciplines of Execution, are key to our success and make exceptional reading for today's business leaders.”
President, Elanco Animal Health, Eli Lilly and Company - Jeff Simmons
The 4 Disciplines of Execution book contains principles and processes that do indeed work. I do believe that 'execution excellence' is the ultimate competitive differential of this decade. As we have partnered with FranklinCovey to apply the methodology and process globally throughout our organization, it has not only had a significant impact on our organization’s business results, but it has been transformational for me as a leader, both personally and professionally.”
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Kroger Co. - Dave Dillon
“The 4 Disciplines’ practical guidance on goal-setting and measurement resonates with groups of all levels in our organization. Many teams have applied this intuitive approach to build engagement and increase execution and accountability.”
US Vice President of Training and Learning Development, Hamburger University, McDonalds Corporation - Diana Thomas
“The 4 Disciplines of Execution helps leaders, teams, and front line employees to narrow their focus and spend their time executing those things that will bring the highest return for their organization and customers. This book is a must read for any leader who wants to achieve that which is extraordinary in their company!”
Co-Author of the Best Selling Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and the author of What the CEO Wants You - Ram Charan
“What Six Sigma and Lean are to manufacturing, The 4 Disciplines of Execution is to executing your strategy. 4DX is a practical methodology that can solve every leader’s #1 challenge: execution.”
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc. - J.W. Marriott
“Many of the foundational values of Marriott are embodied within The 4 Disciplines of Execution. By utilizing this process inside our organization, our leaders and teams have been able to set and achieve extraordinary goals, which have had a significant impact on making 'Our Guests’ Experience' truly remarkable. Any organization can create these same kinds of breakthrough results if they apply the principles and processes taught in this book!”
Bain Fellow, Inventor of the Net Promoter® System and author of: The Ultimate Question 2.0 - Fred Reichheld
“Customers are loyal to a brand when they can trust it to deliver a consistently outstanding experience. This requires the commitment of everyone up and down the organization to innovate new ways to economically delight customers, so they become promoters. The 4 Disciplines of Execution offers a proven process for engaging the hearts and minds of every employee toward this vital goal. I highly recommend this book to any leader committed to making customer loyalty a mission-critical goal.”
Chief Executive Officer, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., #1 on Fortune magazine’s 2005 list - Danny Wegman
“We believe that The 4 Disciplines of Execution are the keys to growth and success. For years we have struggled with creating focus for our people. We have used priority sheets, standards of performance measures, and others. We have fallen in love with the concepts of “whirlwinds and WIG!” When you read this book you will never look at work, or life, the same!”
Governor of Georgia, 2003-2011 - The Honorable Sonny Perdue
“The State of Georgia had unprecedented success as a result of implementing the principles outlined in The 4 Disciplines of Execution. We certified hundreds of leaders to take the disciplines to every department, achieving unprecedented results in customer service, quality improvement, and cost reduction. These execution principles are a must for any government agency that is seeking to be world class.”
From the Publisher
The 4 Disciplines of Execution offers more than theories for making strategic organizational change. The authors explain not only the ‘what’ but also ‘how’ effective execution is achieved. They share numerous examples of companies that have done just that, not once, but over and over again. This is a book that every leader should read!”
—Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451627053
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 12,405
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris McChesney is the Global Practice Leader of Execution for FranklinCovey and one of the primary developers of The 4 Disciplines of Execution. For more than a decade, he has led FranklinCovey's ongoing design and development of these principles, as well as the consulting organization that has achieved extraordinary growth in many countries around the globe and impacted hundreds of organizations.

Sean Covey is Executive Vice President of Global Solutions and Partnerships for FranklinCovey and oversees FranklinCovey's international operations in 141 countries around the globe. As the Chief Product Architect for FranklinCovey, Sean organized and directed the original teams that conceived and created The 4 Disciplines of Execution and has been an avid practitioner and promoter of the methodology ever since.

Jim Huling is the Managing Consultant for FranklinCovey's The 4 Disciplines of Execution. Jim's career spans more than three decades of corporate leadership, from Fortune 500 organizations to privately held companies, including serving as CEO of a company recognized as one of the "25 Best Companies to Work for in America." Prior to joining FranklinCovey, Jim was one of the first leaders to adopt The 4 Disciplines of Execution.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xix

Strategy and Execution xxiii

A Letter xxv

The Real Problem with Execution 1

Section 1 The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Discipline 1 Focus on the Wildly Important 23

Discipline 2 Act on the Lead Measures 44

Discipline 3 Keep a Compelling Scoreboard 65

Discipline 4 Create a Cadence of Accountability 77

Section 2 Installing 4DX with Your Team

What to Expect 105

Installing Discipline 1 Focus on the Wildly Important 118

Installing Discipline 2 Act on the Lead Measures 136

Installing Discipline 3 Keep a Compelling Scoreboard 155

Installing Discipline 4 Create a Cadence of Accountability 171

Automating 4DX 194

Section 3 Installing 4DX in Your Organization

Best Practices from the Best 209

Focusing the Organization on the Wildly important 235

Rolling Out 4DX Across the Organization 251

4DX Frequently Asked Questions 286

Bringing it Home 286

So, Now What? 294

Glossary 297

Notes 303

Acknowledgments 307

Index 311

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Best application since 7 Habits

    So much has been written about the "what" instead of the "how to" in this area, so I was delighted to see/order this book. Devoured it in two days and already applying its principles of Focus, Leverage, Engagement and Accountability - first third of the book gives a basic explanation and the rest enhances understanding of what (and what not) to do to get results.
    I found the most meaningful idea to be a search for what will impact the goal the most, versus how to accomplish "it" at every level of the team.

    This is required reading!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    I'm using this process on my own team and our results have been

    I'm using this process on my own team and our results have been exeptional. I know several other companies using the 4Disciplines of Execution which are also getting excellent results. I highly reccomend this to everyone.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Just finished this book and by the end it dramatically changed t

    Just finished this book and by the end it dramatically changed the way I managed which increased the productivity of my team. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    this is a very effective and useful guide to accomplishing those plans we have established.

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

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    Strategy without an effective method of execution is worthless,

    Strategy without an effective method of execution is worthless, no matter how good it looks on PowerPoint. Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling – all FranklinCovey consultants – provide managers with a process for realizing “wildly important goals.” They offer a simple yet effective four-step formula for execution, from goal setting to application and accountability. Although the concepts are basic, the clear instructions for implementation make this book a standout. Unfortunately, some of the content verges on being too promotional of FranklinCovey’s training, services and products. Setting this foible aside and focusing on the good stuff, getAbstract recommends this clear strategy manual to all business leaders.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    Strategy is without question important but it is also nothing wi

    Strategy is without question important but it is also nothing without execution. This book provides the tools to execute on the most important priorities. Anyone can execute when they only have one thing to focus on. That is not the world we live in. We live in a world of every increasing technology and distractions. This is the formula to execute in the midst of whirlwind of competing priorities. Part of me wishes the entire world could implement these principles, part of wishes that I could keep this my little execution secret.

    MUST READ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Lots of information to consider to help your orgainaztion

    great read

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