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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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    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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    janmaskew 05-23-12
    janmaskew 05-23-12 Member Since 2012
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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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    Kristen 05-09-12
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    "Must read!"
    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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    F. W. Pearce 05-28-14 Member Since 2012
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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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    "Great ideas, meh execution"

    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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    martin Willowbrook, IL, United States 09-20-13
    martin Willowbrook, IL, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Execution tactics you can use"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The abridged version of this audiobook is all you need. I can't imagine what more they would pack into the full version. The abridged version provides you with a breakdown of the 4 diciplines with some nice illustrative stories about their use and pitfalls. Next the book shows you how to put them into practical use. I have found it easy and effective to apply the info within. I recommend this book.


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    Jeff CHRISTIANA, TN, United States 06-06-13
    Jeff CHRISTIANA, TN, United States 06-06-13
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    "Several very mentally stimulating ideas."
    What did you love best about The 4 Disciplines of Execution?

    Many of the ideas are applicable across several disciplines and business types.


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    I actually found the idea of tracking lead and lag measureables a great method of predicting your overall performance. This would obviously help a leader to stay more engaged with the action.


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    I see a use for these methods in our church and helping to generate growth.


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    Wendy 04-27-13
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    "Critical tools for leaders driving resutls!"
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    Takes the topic beyond philosophy. Actually provides tools that can be quickly and easily implemented. System will focus teams throughout an organization to be high achievers.

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    JASON THE WOODLANDS, TX, United States 04-13-13
    JASON THE WOODLANDS, TX, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable read that helped organize the chaos"

    After listening to this book, I didn't have any "AH-HA!" moments but it helped me organize and collect the thousands of thought running through my head. Very easy read, concise, and powerful implications. Considering how short it is, I would strongly recommend picking it up! I have already started utlizing the key points throughout the book for my team and it seems to have some impact, and most importantly, my team has a stronger foundation due to the principles.

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    Darrell 03-18-13
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    Great take on how have people motivated and accountable for their actions with regards to projects and day to day work activities.

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