The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
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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.

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" 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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Actionable

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

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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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Revolutionary

The authors have uncovered a diamond in the rough and exposed its true value. I’m looking forward to seeing many significant improvements in my life and business. A must read for leaders who are tasked with continuous improvement and change management.

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Good for medium size businesses

With a small business (1 to 10 people) I see this being difficult to implement BUT the principles, idea, strategy, and action steps are incredible. The process is clear, concise, and great for organizations.

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This may be the best book I have. Awesome!

Straight forward how to get things done book. Practical guidelines to apply that aren't just theory but proven strategies that work. Thank you for this audio version, it has become a great resource of knowledge.

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Excellent Read

The basic concepts in this book appear the basis for profound cultural change within your work group, business or even family.

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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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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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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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  • 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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  • beccimac
  • 01-18-20

Great concept but a hard read

Having adopted 4DX as a company initiative, we were recommended to read this to help us fully understand what we were committing to. The book gives you a great idea of how 4DX works and ideas for implementation within your company. It thoroughly explains the reasons why and gives examples from businesses who have moved to 4DX. From a readability point of view I didn’t enjoy the book. I found it endlessly repetitive and a lot of the examples came across as if it were a sales pitch, not a book. There was a lack of narrative throughout the book, especially with the case studies included. Would I recommend this book? Yes, BUT only the first quarter and the last quarter! I have recommended that my team skip the mid section once it becomes repetitive. I would say that so long as you understand the concept then there’s not a lot of value in the “sales pitch” portion of the book!

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  • Baldvin Johnsen
  • 02-23-20

Facinating

I found the theory presented in the book extremely interesting and I find it intuitively appealing that applying it will give great results. Can’t wait to try it out. Well written, easy listen, a lot of real life examples help clarify the practical steps necessary on this journey to implementing a new way of working. Happy to have read/listened to the book. Thanks

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  • Steven
  • 08-25-19

Scaled and agile alignment for organisations

The three authors and there colleagues do a good job. The material talks about processes and leadership behaviours that will help individuals and teams in your organisation pull together.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-24-19

Perfection.

Spectacular book. There are so many books on goal setting but after listening to (AND reading) 4DX O realise how much they lack. They just scratch the surface. 4DX is about making those goals happen even when caught up in the day to day chaos (what they call the whirlwind.) Read main pages 1 to 19, which are an excellent summary but the real value is the simple rules for each stage throughout the book. I loved this so much, I ordered a copy for every single person in my Business that is a people manager of any sort but I am also using it myself for some personal goals I have on my private life. 5 stars just aren’t enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-19

powerful framework

well told story to explain and give examples of the use of the 4 disciplines.

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  • Ixxy
  • 02-26-19

OMG! Where have you been all my life?

Just what I needed. Been thinking about this a lot. Have distilled some insights from previous experience, and so reassuring to see them addressed in this book, and built upon.

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  • Jim
  • 11-19-18

Good but way too long

The whole book was summarized in a chapter at the end which was all that was needed. Just way too long for no reason

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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
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-20

Worth It

Was worth the Saturday to listen to it all. Execution with workable models is priceless

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  • Wade
  • 05-30-20

Lead metrics for life

I am blown away by how simple and clearly this book presented the WIG and lead metric ideas. One of my best reads this year. As a result my questions and actions as a leader at work, home and in the community have so much more impact.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-19

Simple. Perfect. Necessary.

I’ll be 4DXing with my staff before the week is out! Excited for where this can take us. 4DX is a simple concept, but beautifully developed and presented.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-19

Easy listen

great easy plan to moving to excellent results. now is the implementation plan. bring it on.

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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