I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Sean Covey, Jim Huling and 4DX shows leaders where they can find real leverage and how to use. 4DX. Sean Covey is president of FranklinCovey, co-author of The 4 Disciplines of Execution and author of The Leader in Me: How Schools. Franklin Covey 4DX. The 4 Disciplines of Execution are all about producing great results. The disciplines point from right to left because great teams execute.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The 4 Disciplines of Execution: An insightful new book from the multimillion-copy bestselling 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.
Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your o An insightful new book from the multimillion-copy bestselling 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 ckvey realize their most coovey goals.
Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash? Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities? The 4 Disciplines of Execution can change all that forever.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution 4DX is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following The 4 Disciplines: It is a proven set of practices that have been tested and refined by hundreds of organizations vovey thousands of teams over many years.
When a company or an individual adheres to these disciplines, they achieve superb results—regardless of the goal. Simply put, this is one book that no business leader can afford to miss. Hardcoverpages. Published April 24th by Free Press first published October 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Feb 01, Darwin8u rated it liked it Shelves: He was older, covry one or coey of his younger brothers. Ckvey 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 on demand each of the 7-habits and business strategy clvey.
In many ways I’m biased by my own agnosticism towards 4rx Covey. I think Stephen R. Covey was brilliant at coovey 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 WERE brilliant. 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.
4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX): Closing the Execution Gap
Anyway, the Covey mantle has evidently been passed. 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.
If covwy had left that out, his Fovey would have been only a pamphlet. But seriously, every time 4ex brings up WIGs at work without irony, I start to cringe and look for a quick exit or hidden bottle of whiskey.
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: 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.
View all 14 comments. Aug 29, Andy rated d4x it was amazing. I have used this approach in real life and it worked.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
I presented the issue, other team members proposed solutions, we agreed on measurable leading indicators, tallied our progress visually, and that focused our actions, making a huge difference in helping us achieve our goal.
The 4DX approach makes sense in the context of general principles of behavior change, because it gets groups of people working step by step toward meaningful Update The 4DX approach makes sense in the context of general principles of behavior change, because it gets groups of people working step by step toward meaningful objective ocvey with frequent feedback.
These tactics are based on the authors’ trial-and-error experience consulting with thousands of employees. They don’t offer any outside scientific evaluation of their technique but they do offer testimonials from companies that piloted the approach in some locations and not others, with the result that 4DX sites did way better.
I haven’t tried to implement this yet as a manager, but I think this will be very helpful and the colleagues I’ve talked to so far agree. At one level, there is nothing new in here: The plus-value is getting into the nitty-gritty of how to do it. The authors give examples of the specific wording to use when asking questions, talk d4x how often to have meetings and for how long and with how many people, etc.
Their lessons seem plausible.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney
People aren’t robots, so you can’t just say “let’s increase performance! This book gives very clear and reasonable advice on what to do. Aug 12, Rachel rated it really liked it. Gets technical toward the end, but for the most part it was an interesting read and I see its potential for improving many different environments: Aug 21, Cara rated it it was amazing Shelves: I picked this book up at just the right time.
I was just starting to try Elance to get freelance projects, and I noticed that whenever I was feeling apathetic or low, instead of getting on Facebook or whatever, I’d find myself writing proposals!
It took me a while to figure out, but I realized that the number and dollar amount of proposals I’d submitted each week was the only thing I was tracking visibly and giving myself credit for doing. That observation primed me to embrace everything I picked this book up at just the right time. That observation primed me to embrace everything in this book–I’d already stumbled a tiny version of it myself.
Overall, I’d 4cx this book is frickin’ fantastic. I’ve been self-employed for over a year, and I’ve spent most of that time flailing and not feeling like I’m getting anywhere. Covry I started covye 4DX, I’ve felt much more in control of my life, I can see the progress I’m making and what I need to do to make even more, and I’m finally making money!
For the first time, I’m actually ahead of my targets. Winning the game feels great.
The 4 disciplines are: Choose a Wildly Important Goal How to choose: What one thing in your business would have the highest impact if it changed? What will ensure the success of the WIG? Lead measures Lead Measures – predictive measure something that leads to the goal and influenceable we can impact this immediately The key is choosing the lead measures that will give you leverage to move the giant rock that is your WIG, and measuring them.
Compelling Scoreboard People play much harder when they’re keeping score. Show the lead measures and whether the team is winning; don’t muddle it up with a lot of complex data. This is particularly true when the team can see the direct impact their actions have on the results. In our experience, nothing affects morale and engagement more powerfully than when a person feels he or she is winning. Cadence of Accountability p.
Otherwise, the effort will fall by the wayside. Then rank them by impact on the WIG. Before you adopt a measure, make sure it’s predictive, influenceable, ongoing, measurable, worth measuring, and a team game, not a leader’s game. I will need to re-read this in more depth and follow through on the links to case studies and other resources found embedded in this ebook.
I read through it at lightning speed so I could at least intelligently discuss the concepts with my upper management where I work. I gave it four stars, but really would probably hone that in to 3. That may change as I put these disciplines into play.
Nov 08, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: Fully two-thirds of the book focuses more on the how than the what, which sets 4DX a bit apart from its brethren and makes its pitch both compelling and attractive. Sep 17, Bill rated it coveh was ok Recommends it for: The approach is simple enough to actually be usable in an organization and it directly addresses what I think is the problem with all YABRs, follow through.
I like that 4ex authors discuss the “whirlwind” or daily business tasks that consume us all and indicate upfront that unless the managers me and my boss are willing to block out time to deal with our WIGs Wildly Important Goals the whole things will fall apart.
If you really want to address getting things done and are willing to dedicate resources and time, this is a good approach. Over one year later The whirlwind wins and virtually nothing learned in this book was applied at work. Like all of the “business religions” there are a lot of good ideas, but you have to actually make time to do things differently. Do the same thing you’ve always done, and you’ll get the same results. Sep 27, Ty rated it it was amazing.