BOOK REVIEW: The 4 Disciplines of Execution
by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling,
with Beverly Walker & Scott Thele
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
4DX® is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that represents a new way of thinking essential to thriving in today’s competitive climate, making this 2nd Edition a book that no business leader can afford to miss.
The 2nd Edition provides more than 30 percent new content, including insight on topics such as:
-How 4DX impacts leaders of leaders.
-The one metric that sustains execution for the long term.
-Three leadership mindsets required for strategic commitment.
-Utilizing technology for compelling executive scoreboards.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution are used by more than 100,000 teams around the world in business, government, and education, and are changing how teams and organizations achieve their most important goals.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following the 4 Disciplines—Focus on the Wildly Important; Act on Lead Measures; Keep a Compelling Scoreboard; Create a Cadence of Accountability—leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams.
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Someone I work with talks about The 4 Disciplines of Execution (or 4DX) all the time, so I thought it had to be one of the best books goal setting books ever written. It’s not.
I love goal setting. And I love books about productivity, but there must be a rule with goal setting books that they have to be excruciatingly painful to read.
The idea behind 4DX is fantastic. I love it. However, reading this book reminded me of how I felt when I read First Things First by Stephen Covey. All of what is covered in both of these books could have been said much more succinctly, but they had to pad them with a lot of extra words to make them into a book. Interestingly, Stephen’s son Sean is one of the writers of this book. And both are products of FranklinCovey.
If you’re interested in reading this book, I’d recommend only reading the first part (it’s divided into 3 parts)…or just watch the YouTube video (below). The video gives you the main idea without having to suffer through the whole book.