The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney

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 organization? Did it go down with a loud crash? Or was it slowly and quietly...

Details The 4 Disciplines of Execution

TitleThe 4 Disciplines of Execution
Release DateApr 24th, 2012
PublisherFree Press
GenreBusiness, Leadership, Nonfiction, Management, Self Help, Personal Development, Productivity

Reviews The 4 Disciplines of Execution

  • Darwin8u
    “It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.” - Albert CamusProbably somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars. First, full disclosure: I went to a private school in Provo, UT with several of Stephen R. Covey's kids. Not Sean Covey. He was older, but one or 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...
  • Andy
    Update 2017: I have used this approach in real life and it worked. 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. So I am bumping this up to 5*.Original review 2012: The 4DX approach makes sense in the context of general principles of behavior change, because it gets group...
  • Rachel
    WILDLY IMPORTANT GOALS! "We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret" Jim Rohn as quoted in this short video synopsis of 4DX: technical toward the end, but for the most part it was an interesting read and I see its potential for improving many different environments: at work, or in a non-profit organization, or even in family, and individual lives.
  • Cara
    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! Why??? 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....
  • Jon
    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 3.5 stars. That may change as I put these disciplines into play.
  • Jennifer
    As sales pitches go, The 4 Disciplines of Execution ain’t bad. McChesney, Covey, and Huling – the deputized writing arms of the FranklinCovey hivemind – put together a lucid, readable plan that’s sensible enough to seem practical while being acronym-stuffed and slick enough to appeal to upper management looking for the Next Big Thing in organizational fads.If I seem cynical, it’s more from having spent more than a decade in management h...
  • Bill
    4DX is better than YABR (Yet Another Business Religion) books that I've read. 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 the 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 ...
  • Ty
    4DX (as it is known by the hip and cool) is one of the best books on managing execution that i have ever read. we are spared the history, philosophy, and emotions of management and shown a method that the authors have demonstrated to work in many companies around the world. the book is a simple, but powerful, read. many of the points in the book are so obvious that i thought to myself, "Well, i know that already"...but i also had to acknowledge t...
  • Jamieson
    I had to read this for work. It was fine? It was fine.
  • MountainShelby
    Developed and promoted by FranklinCovey, The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) provides hands-on, practical tools to help a company drive its primary goals even in the middle of the daily "whirlwind" of work. All too often, leadership training follows a strategic course, with little to no practical application. You have all of these great ideas to improve your business—but how do you actually put them to work? This book is FranklinCovey's respon...
  • Amber
    I'll start off by saying I am probably not the target audience for this book. It was a goodreads recommendation based on business books I have read in the past. It was an odd recommendation, because most business books I read have a focus on people and building great corporate culture (i.e. Conscious Capitalism, The Decoded Company). This was more directed to strictly numbers/results/profit-oriented types. I would say this is most valuable for pe...
  • Russell Chance
    Overall this was a very insightful book. I think most business people will readily identify with the concept of the "whirlwind" and the associated frustration of not being able to focus on the activities that you know will move your business forward. While I'm sure undertaking a full implementation of 4DX would lead to good results, business leaders would be wise to at least grab a hold of the concept of "less is more" when it comes to executing ...
  • Patti Bosworth
    I am currently reading this book. Originally, it was recommended to me by our CFO and leader of our department. It is a wonderful resource for members of a team to use to help identify and then work towards achieving those "wildly important goals." Although I began reading this as a "work-related" book, I can definitely see goal setting/achieving techniques that can be applied to my personal and home life goals. It's a keeper on the bookshelf; so...
  • Robson Castilho
    Great approach to get your goals done (professional AND personal ones).There are some similarities with "Agile": the scoreboard, the WIG sessions purpose and structure... (if you never heard about Agile, it's a philosophy originated from software development industry and you really should read about it!).I expect 4DX helps me achieve my goals (I'll give it a try for sure).As a negative point of the book, it is too long for the main idea, so it al...
  • Aggressor
    I have to say, this is one of the best books I've read in a while. The stories, while too simplistic at times, are very relevant and apply to almost any environment. I fought the urge to immediately try to utilize 4DX and opted instead to buy a copy of the book for others on my team. I'm hoping this book provides them with as much excitement and clarity as it did me. I cant wait to put the principles in action. It's well worth the read.
  • Robert Chapman
    This is a short and value packed book. Thing I loved most about this book was the concept and associated explanation of lead and lag measures, and how they impact achieving goals.I've read a lot of leadership and development books, but I have to say this one gave me renewed clarity at a vital time. I highly recommend this book.
  • André Gomes
    I enjoyed the reading. I was easy and quick, and I had lots of insights.Interesting many of the ideias presented in the book are aligned with what we already do in Agile Software Development.I've also prepared a talk to my team about this book, here is the slides (in portuguese)
  • Lea Ludwig
    We read this book on our team at work. There are two concepts that will stay with me: 1-Beware of the "whirlwind" .... The day to day urgent activities that prevent you from working on your true strategy2-WIG... The wildly important goals that you should put your daily energy intoI recommend this book for helping people who want to stay focused, accomplished and organized !
  • Mike
    Really great ideas. Trying to figure out how to apply them to my team with scattered foci will be challenging but I think it can work. Definitely worth reading.
  • Dvir Oren
    set specific goalsfocususe accountability
  • Nancy
    Worth a try, for sure.
  • Joseph Young
    Through simple techniques, this book has already helped me in the workplace. I hope to apply these principles in further areas of work and other goal setting.
  • Dan
    An engaging book about achieving W.I.G.s (wildly important goals) despite the Whirlwind of everyday tasks and obligations.
  • Mario Russo
    Good book to reinforce, remind or present how to not be taken by "the whirlwind" and being accountable by the goals you want to achieve. Must read.
  • Mahesh Sheshadri
    Exceptional!Execution and Execution Excellence is the biggest challenge for Business Leaders worldwide, and its a well know fact that 2/3rds to 3/4ths of Organizations fail to implement their strategies effectively.The disciplines in this book can empower you with the best practices to create an execution culture in your Organization/Team leading to excellence in execution, in a sustained way.Being an Execution Evangelist, I recommend this among ...
  • David Bedolla G
    Las disciplinas descritas son excelentes. Un poco complejo el desarrollo pero los puntos principales son increíbles y fáciles de aplicar en cualquier situación.
  • Wil Reynolds
    I've now read this book 3 times. The book grounds you, in a process that is very easy to follow and incorporate into daily practices. the most impactful part of the book to me was the part on leading vs lagging indicators,that part of the book alone was worth it. The concept is super simple to grasp, most metrics we set up are lag indicators, meaning that by the time we get the numbers, its too late to do anything about them. Instead we should lo...
  • Daniel Taylor
    Goals cannot be set and forget, to achieve them you need to get the right things done. Goals are the "what", but what stops many from being achieved is the "how." Sean Covey's latest book teaches the "how."The 4 Disciplines, when described seem simple. And to understand them is simple, but they are not simplistic. Discipline 1 is Focus on the Wildly Important. Discipline 2 is Act on the Lead Measures. Discipline 3 is Keep a Compelling Scoreboard....