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The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals | [Sean Covey]

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

An insightful new work from the multimillion-copy best-selling author Sean Covey and the FranklinCovey organization, based on their work with hundreds of thousands of employees and large companies. It unveils the essential disciplines proven to help businesses and individuals realize their most important goals.
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An insightful new work from the multimillion-copy best-selling author Sean Covey and the FranklinCovey organization, based on their work with hundreds of thousands of employees and large companies. It unveils the essential disciplines proven to help businesses and individuals realize their most important goals.

A publishing phenomenon, Sean Covey and the FranklinCovey organization have become one of the most respected brands in the highly competitive world of thought leadership in business. In his latest work, Covey lays out an unprecedented plan for goal-realization that will revolutionize the way we approach our dreams.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution provides a simple, proven formula for achieving the goals that every individual or organization needs to reach. From Marriott to the U.S. Navy, Covey and his team have worked with more than 200,000 people in hundreds of organizations to improve performance, identifying and honing four secrets of perfect execution:

  • Focus on the Wildly Important
  • Act on the Lead Measures
  • Keep a Compelling Scoreboard
  • Create a Cadence of Accountability
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 behavior. Simply put, this is a work that no business, however small or large, can afford to pass up.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 FranklinCovey Co. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    janmaskew 05-23-12
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    "Great book if you have a hard time setting goals"
    If you could sum up The 4 Disciplines of Execution in three words, what would they be?

    Truly very helpful.


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    I love how they go into detail to help you get started in getting your team on board with these ideas. Very helpful if your teams have been struggling to attain certain goals.


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    William United States 07-23-12
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    Covey does it again! Great insight and useful templates to put together a real program for my team to work on their wildly important goals. I was able to put this to actual practice with my team and set standards for following up on our most important issues we face to make our company and team work more efficiently.

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    Kristen 05-09-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book that simplifies the very complex topic of improving execution.


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    I'm buying this book for my team!

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    christopher 06-11-15
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    learned it, live it, love it. great stuff. this will change my leadership methods and make me and my team better

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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    As a student of strategic planning, leadership, and management, I think I've read just about all of the better volumes on the subject. 4DX is not really "ground breaking". Determine your most important strategic goal, determine how to measure progress, and be accountable to the measures necessary to accomplish it. Now, that being said, I can see how this process will have great value for many (most?) companies and organizations who have trouble focusing on improvement. So I would recommend the book. Just don't expect something world-changing when you do.

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    Reviewer#9 04-06-15
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    "The management book Aristotle would have written."

    Lots of really good uncommon common sense. it's interesting chiefly because following these principles is the only way I've ever really gotten things done. whether in high school or early on working with teams.
    when I'd been successful I'd accidentally followed these principles.

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    quick read, very practical and intuitive. I can definitely apply this to my small business

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    Maria Ratliff Durham, North Carolina 02-13-15
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    "Excellent actual work!"

    For strategic planners, frustrated with the difficulties inherent in executing or implementing your best laid plans this book is not a must-read; it's a MUST DO.

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    "Maybe the best business book I have read."

    Fantastic practical guide for implementing the principals of execution. I cannot wait to put the plan to work in my business.

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    Alexandra 03-29-14
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    The ideas in this book are dynamite. They make sense; when I'm listening, I want to get up and go and implement them. I've listened to it a few times, and I'll continue to relisten to it whenever I feel I need a reminder on how to set goals and achieve them. I've recommended it to colleagues at work. The reason I don't give it five stars is I don't care for all the readers on it, and because it's a little too much of an advertisement for the company that wrote it. Still, it's definitely worth listening to despite its performance shortcomings.

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