VIDEO BOOK REVIEW: The Four Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, et al.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

About The Four Disciplines of Execution (from Amazon):

For fans of Good to Great and The First 90 DaysThe 4 Disciplines of Execution is the book “every leader should read” (Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma) for creating lasting organizational change. A #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller with more than 500,000 copies sold, The 4 Disciplines of Execution will radically change your business.

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.

My Video Book Review:



Welcome to another video book review. Today we were looking at The 4 Disciplines of Execution and, um, it has several authors. So Chris McChesney, Sean Coby, Jim Huling with Beverly Walker and Scott Thele.

Somebody on my team talks about this book all the time. And so I thought it just had to be like the most amazing book ever. And I watched the video. There’s a YouTube video. Uh, which I will link to, uh, where it’s one of the authors, I think it’s Chris McChesney, um, talks about basically 4DX, uh, the four disciplines of execution. And it’s, it’s a goal setting method. Um, I really love the idea of it. I loved the video, uh, thought this book was just going to be the best thing ever. And it is so boring.

It reminds me of when I read, um, what was it called First Things First by Stephen Covey…Anyway, Sean’s dad. Um, and both work for, uh, Franklin Covey. So, um, yeah, it’s just incredibly boring. I feel like it must be a rule with goal setting books. I love books about productivity, but I think when it’s goal setting books, like they just have to be boring. It’s it’s a rule.

Um, if you’re going to read it, I would suggest reading just the first part. I think everything after that is just, it’s just words for the sake of words. It gets so detailed, um, into, you know, how to meet weekly, how to score things, how to…whatever. It’s just, it gets really, really. I think makes it really cumbersome.

Like it shouldn’t be that complicated to have a goal and, and to monitor it. Um, maybe I would just say that because I am a goal oriented person, but these books just drive me crazy. So I did not like this book. Um, I, I would suggest just skipping the book and watching the video.

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Published by Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht is a marketer with a background in the publishing industry. She is passionate about all things related to books and loves helping authors navigate the world of social media for book promotion. She recently launched the course Marketing Your Book on TikTok.

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