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The 4 Disciplines of Execution Summary (Part 1)

posted August 9, 2012 comments (2)


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? By the time it finally disappeared, it’s likely no one even noticed. What happened? The “whirlwind” of urgent activity required to keep things running day-to-day devoured all the time and energy you needed to invest in executing your strategy for tomorrow! 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: focusing on the wildly important, acting on lead measures, keeping a compelling scoreboard, and creating a cadence of accountability, leaders can produce breakthrough results.

4DX is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that have been tested and refined by hundreds of organizations and thousands of teams over many years. When a company or an individual adheres to these disciplines, they achieve superb results –– regardless of the goal. 4DX represents a new way of thinking and working that is essential to thriving in today’s competitive climate.

• What the 4 Disciplines of Execution are and why they work.
• How to execute your strategic priorities and get results.
• How to effect change in human behavior to achieve your goals.
• How to install the 4 Disciplines of Execution in your team and organization.

The Real Problem with Execution
If you’re leading people right now, you are probably trying to get them to do something different. Whether you lead a small work team or a whole company, a family or a factory, no significant result is achievable unless people change their behavior. To be successful, you will need their commitment. Getting the kind of commitment that will endure in the midst of the daily grind is not easy. When you execute a strategy that requires a lasting change in the behavior of other people, you’re facing one of the greatest leadership challenges you will ever meet. With the 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX), you are implementing a set of proven practices that meet that challenge successfully every time. The real enemy of execution is the whirlwind, the massive amount of energy that’s necessary just to keep your operation going on a day-to-day basis. The 4 Disciplines aren’t designed for managing your whirlwind but for executing your most critical strategy in the midst of your whirlwind.

In the next blog post, The 4 Disciplines of Execution Summary (Part 2), we will discuss the four disciplines to help you and your organization to achieve your wildly important goals.

Comments (2)
  • We are implementing this strategy in our place of business today.
    This is an awesome concept…a question though. With all the reports and company commitments already in place – how do we introduce this concept without making staff think…yet another task to generate, and deflating the postivie movement toward 4DX?

    posted at 5:59 pm - August 13, 2012 by Mary Anne

  • I am curious to learn and to understand how to acieve my wildly important goals

    posted at 5:59 pm - August 13, 2012 by Roland Hartmann

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