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The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
Narrated by: Sean Covey
Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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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.

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

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Liked abridged version

Good read. Great concepts. Glad I went for the abridged version. couldn't imagine a need for 5 more hours of this book in the full version.

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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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Specific instructions regarding weekly planning

It's an excellent brief book.

The main idea of the book:
Pick 1-2 wildly essential goals, and focus on them. Don't work on several things simultaneously.

Ideas
1) There're 20 % efforts, levers if you will in any process. We should define that sort of shots that produce 80% results
2) Visual displaying data about the score you gained is essential.
This scoreboard must be as simple as a soccer scoreboard.
3) Visibility drives accountability
4) Results drive engagement
5) A manager should create a weekly meeting when every responsible person reports about the current progress. Everyone should choose only 1-2 most important things they can do to move forward the score.
6) Weekly commitments (2-3) must represent a specific deliverable, and it must influence the lead measures.
7) Profoundly impacted engagement has the following qualities: - the more specific the commitment, the higher accountability (when what, and what is the outcome (deliverable)) - it's aligned to moving the scoreboard.

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Keep it simple..

It's harder than you think. Strategy is great, but execution is what gets you paid.

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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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Excellent information

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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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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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Outstanding

Too large a divide stands between strategy and execution. This book bridges the gap marvellously.

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great for getting it done

vision for a company is so important but with out execution it's only a dream.

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Great management system.

4 steps to really improve performance and build in accountability within your team. Good story.

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  • l girling
  • 03-15-16

pretty spectacular!

If you could sum up The 4 Disciplines of Execution in three words, what would they be?

Within 25 minutes this was hitting the nail on the head. WILDLEY IMPORTANT GOALS. Must read find out for yourself if you own a business it will help.

What other book might you compare The 4 Disciplines of Execution to, and why?

grant car done 10x your life.

What about Sean Covey’s performance did you like?

easy to follow, good speed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

at my leisure.

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  • Kieren Geaney
  • 11-13-17

A well read guide.

I bought this as a number of leaders in my organisation recommend it and I wanted to be able to reference book concepts for discussion at work. The narration is engaging keeping me focused on the contents, even whilst listening on the commute. The actual content is not far removed from SMART goal setting with regular catch ups for accountability. The content stands on its own and of benefit to a new manager or one who hasn't had formal training. in that regards, the content is a bargain. However if you are familiar with coaching and smart, you may not gleam new information.

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  • Sam
  • 09-14-17

Stay out the whirlwind get important things done

Great book setting out the simple steps to follow to move the needle on the strategic goals in business. Now to get head down out the whirlwind and make a change!