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Publisher's Summary

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 to unveil 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; and 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. All rights reserved. (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

" 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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a must read for every leader

Don't even think about not getting this book. truly a great operating system for any business .

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Gives a framework that can work!

What made the experience of listening to The 4 Disciplines of Execution the most enjoyable?

I really liked this book, the authors provide a straight-forward framework to apply at home or at work, but clearly recognise and name the key blocker that fogs everything up. The whirlwind. Nicely written book, logical and clear.

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Outstanding

Totally makes sense. Great insights that when acted upon change everything for the better! I would recommend every day of the week and twice on Sunday!

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Actionable

The book is geared towards people working in companies with multiple employes, but has little for solopreneurs.

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Great Read

This book is a game changer. As a business leader, this book lays down the laws of implementation. It's a pivot.

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Practical

I liked the way the book was divided up. I liked examples or good and bad ideas for wigs, leading and lagging measures. I liked the faq at the end.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 02-03-15

Please Remember To Tip Your Executioner?

“It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.”

- Albert Camus

Probably somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars. First, full disclosure: I went to a private school in Provo with several of Stephen R. Covey's kids. Not Sean Covey. He was older, but one of two of his younger brothers. My wife also worked for the Covey Leadership Center (and later FranklinCovey after the merger) while I was finishing college. I am very familiar with the FranklinCovey business model (could probably vomit the 7-habits on demand) and business strategy approach. In many ways I'm biased by my own agnosticism towards Franklin Covey. I think Stephen R. Covey was brilliant at building a consultant business that structured time-management, strategy, and execution ideas into highly marketable programs (notice I don't say books) that could be sold in several formats and applied in multiple industries. The ideas were common sense, but the packaging and marketing was brilliant. Stephen R. Covey died a couple years ago from a mountain bike accident in Rock Canyon (oh the stories I could regale you with about the dangers of Rock Canyon). Anyway, the Covey mantle has evidently been passed.

This book is the management/leadership book equivalent of the novelization and franchising of a successful movie (see Star Wars, etc). 4DX was developed by FranklinCovey as an addition piece of their large consulting and content-delivery arsenal. IT was almost the reverse process that works with other leadership coaching/books. First you birth the book, than you try to exploit the success of the book into a bunch of CDs, webinars, videos, consultant workshops, certifications, yaddas and yaddas.

Anyway, I think the 4DX approach is just fine (see my agnosticism line above). But like Mark Twain once wrote when reviewing 'The Book of Mormon', "Whenever he [Joseph Smith] found his speech growing too modern—which was about every sentence or two—he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as “exceeding sore,” “and it came to pass,” etc., and made things satisfactory again. “And it came to pass” was his pet. If he had left that out, his Bible would have been only a pamphlet." The team that wrote the 4 Disciplines of Execution didn't include "and it came to pass" once, but if you removed all the hyping of 4DX, the internal and external reviews of how much it helped "Business A" or "Organization X", all the subtle and not-so-subtle references to 4DX CDs, certifications, consultants, etc., it might not be a book, it might only have been a pamphlet (and you can't sell a pamphlet for $30 to the State of Georgia).

So, why do I give this 3-stars while I gave a recent (and rare) read of a business management book only two-stars (Executive Toughness)? Well, the simple answer is: polish. At least the development team of writers, consultants, VPs, staff, and family at the FranklinCovey Organization know how to write and edit. When I read this I didn't laugh or gag once, and that is (I guess) at least worth one additional star.

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  • HMM
  • POWDER SPRINGS, GA, US
  • 12-15-16

good read. interesting book.

it is a good book. i did struggled a little bit to finish it. the 4dx seems like a nice system... i want to see if i can apply on my personal life.

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Excellent Leadership Book

Simple, understandable, actionable, and clear. This book takes the complexity of leadership and simplifies it by forcing you to focus on what will bring results. Loved the book.

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Great for corporate drones, not entrepreneurs

Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

No - it became apparent while listening that this is targeted toward corporate middle-managers and has little relevance for a hard-driving entrepreneur like myself. If you have a large number of employees at a big company and they're not getting the job done, your leadership is at fault and this book *may* help.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The least interesting to me was simply how corporate it all is. And the cutesy "4DX" brand reeks of that.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

I found this book recommended in a business form but almost immediately realized that this is for managers of good-sized teams in big corporations, not for no-nonsense entrepreneurs like me and others in the same arena. It seems to me like one of those books (and brands) that thrive by giving corporate drones something to talk about and work on, creating an excuse to justify their jobs.

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  • David
  • 09-24-13

This really works!

If you follow the 4 disciplines you will get improved results. I have and I did. That said, there is a one-hour introduction book which gets the basics across better than this book does. My view is buy the shorter book and listen to it 5 or more times and you'll get all you need to start using the disciplines in practice.

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  • spencerhudson
  • 02-02-17

Highly recommended - optimise getting stuff done

Over recent years I've been on a reading mission. Trying to bootstrap my own performance as well as those teams I'm a member of. While many books have helped and illuminated the way I believe this book to be the best. The foremost reasoning being the synthesis of so many aspects of performance into what are the four disciplines of execution. Simple to explain but with ninja like training and commitment required to master. If you have time to digest one "management" or "performance" book then I would highly recommend The 4 Disciplines of a execution.

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  • Mark
  • 01-28-18

Take heed, execute better, and never look back!

Would you be willing to try another book from the authors? Why or why not?

These guys have tested this process into existence. The 4 disciplines will help you with the elephant in the room: execution!

But be aware, this longer version is harder to digest. The latter half is aimed at already big organizations. If you have a team in single figures (or you're a 'solopreneur')— the shorter version of 4DX will save your time and attention.

You've been warned!

Now enjoy (and be consistent with) your application of 4DX! :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-17

Great book

Really enjoyed the book. Learned a lot and can apply the principles. Easy to listen too.

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  • JedHoll
  • 06-23-17

Good system

An interesting account of the 4dx system used to aid execution of goals - there is practically no one who wouldn't gain from reading this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-18

Excellent.

This book could change the way you do business as it has for me by making my goals clearer and more impactful to the end result. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to improve systematically.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-28-18

Good if your an enterprise

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by the narrators?

only if it was relevant for individuals and personal goal achieving

Would you recommend The 4 Disciplines of Execution to your friends? Why or why not?

its aimed for big business

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The use of terminology like WIGS, Lag goals and lead goals to describe basic goal setting characteristics - why add a layer of complexity or confusion. Just call them what they are.

Any additional comments?

I learned for example not to make the weight loss target the goal but rather make the calorie counting each day the goal. That makes sense, but thats all i got out of it for me

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  • Dennis
  • 02-08-17

Insightful and practical

A must read for any person wanting to create lasting change in their life by influencing themselves and other people to apply leveraged focus on the things that really matter.
Whether you're an entrepreneur, a team leader, an employee, a homemaker, a student - this book is a worthwhile read!

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  • Rick Stephenson
  • 05-27-15

AWESOME

loved it. An excellent book detailing how to implement things in a repeatable and sustainable manner

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  • Leonie
  • 03-16-15

Wow! A must in any business

Loved the principles & concepts in this book. I will definitely try them out in out organisation. Can't wait to try