The 4 Disciplines of Execution

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Achieving your Wildly Important Goals

Book - 2012
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An insightful new book which unveils the essential disciplines proven to help businesses and individuals realize their most important goals. By allowing teams to separate those urgent tasks that demand attention merely to keep a company alive - called the "whirlwind" - from new, "wildly important" goals that promise to break new ground, these disciplines empower leaders to accomplish what is by far the most difficult aspect of creating results: executing a strategy that requires a change in behaviour.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Free Press, 2012.
Edition: First Free Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451627053
Characteristics: xxvi, 326 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Huling, Jim
Covey, Sean
Alternative Title: Four disciplines of execution

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kpelish
Jul 28, 2017

The book's focus on execution over the more popular strategy is in the right direction. In their 4 facets of execution success, I learned the most re: prioritizing lead measures over lag measures. The 4 facets: 1. Maintain a laser-beam focus on just a couple wildly important goals (what they summarize as WIGs); 2. Act on the lead measures--something that is predictive and also influenceable by your team. This is very different than lag measures--such as revenue, profit, market share, and customer satisfaction. Lag measures provide data for results that have already happened. 3. Keep a compelling scoreboard: people thrive on achievement and winning. 4. Create a cadence of accountability. Consistently hold quick, weekly meetings that focus on actions and results that move the scoreboard. Note that commitments are set by the team(s) themselves, not the leader.
Written by Franklin Covey consultants, there's some upsell push into "buying" their model and a definitive voice that if you "install" these facets, you'll have a great team. I'd argue people aren't as simple as an operating system approach. There are lots of case studies and smartphone QR code references, which at times can be a lot of information to process.

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jasonamcbride
Jun 01, 2017

Excellent book for any organization or business leader. Learn how the concepts of Focus, Leverage, Measurement, and Accountability can transform your processes and effectiveness!

AL_JANE Aug 30, 2016

Probably my favorite business book of all time. It is so practical and so logical that I can't imagine any organization---business, government agency, or non-profit---that couldn't derive benefit from implementing this methodology for achieving goals.

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