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The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Achieving Your Wildly 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 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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What the critics say

" 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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Just a really long infomercial in book form

I was expecting more in-depth content. it went over the basic steps and then tried to sell you on these principles.

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Outstanding book - life chaning approach

Excellent book - wonderful to listen - life changing - at work and personal. Highly recommend it

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  • G
  • 2018-09-18

Solid outline/ instruction on strategic planning

Really good read. Solid direction on identifying the wildly important goals; implementing Lead and Lag metrics; creating a visual scoreboard; and how to sustain.

Highly recommend. Even good for building in your own personal direction and life.


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  • Erik T Frank
  • 2016-09-06

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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  • Michael
  • 2018-06-21

Actionable

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

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  • Curiousgeorge
  • 2014-05-16

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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  • Christopher R Jaekel
  • 2018-06-23

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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  • Andrew J. Davis
  • 2016-10-10

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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  • Jinean F.
  • 2016-08-04

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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  • Anthony Cervantes
  • 2015-02-27

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
  • 2015-02-03

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
  • Smyrna, GA, US
  • 2016-12-15

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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  • Old Country
  • 2019-07-17

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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  • Damien Thouvenin
  • 2018-07-03

Recommandé sans réserve

C'est un livre qui parle de l'agilité des entreprises (sans jamais citer ce mot me semble-t-il).
La question au coeur du bouquin est "comment arriver à concilier l'urgent (qu'on ne peut pas négliger, au risque de mourir tout de suite) et l'important (qu'on ne devrait pas négliger, sau risque de mourir très vite) ?"
C'est une question qui se pose à tous les dirigeants même si elle s'exprime plutôt sous la forme "Mais pourquoi on n'arrive pas à déployer notre stratégie ?".
Les auteurs (dont le fils du fameux Stephen Covey des 7 habitudes...) proposent un modèle simple inspiré directement des pratiques agiles mais décliné à l'échelle de l'exécution stratégique.
Le livre est structuré en trois parties qui reprennent les mêmes idées en plusieurs passes : les concepts, les conseils pratiques illustrés par des exemples, et les retours d'expérience de la mise en pratique. Ce triple passage permet de bien ancré les idées et de mieux voir comment les utiliser dans son propre contexte.
C'est simple, efficace et utile.