Summary of The 4 Disciplines of Execution

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Strategy without an effective method of execution is worthless, no matter how good it looks on PowerPoint. Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling – all FranklinCovey consultants – provide managers with a process for realizing “wildly important goals.” They offer a simple yet effective four-step formula for execution, from goal setting to application and accountability. Although the concepts are basic, the clear instructions for implementation make this book a standout. Unfortunately, some of the content verges on being too promotional of FranklinCovey’s training, services and products. Setting this foible aside and focusing on the good stuff, getAbstract recommends this clear strategy manual to all business leaders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why many companies experience a gap between strategy and execution, and
  • How to bridge that gap by using the “4 Disciplines of Execution” framework.

About the Authors

Chris McChesney, a developer of the 4DX program, and Jim Huling, who has more than 30 years of experience in corporate leadership, are both consultants with FranklinCovey, where Sean Covey is an executive vice president and runs global operations.



Strategy Blockers
Executives implement some strategies easily with a single order. They initiate such changes as designating investments, revising compensation or hiring additional staff simply by asking the appropriate managers to make it happen. However, more ambitious strategies require...

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    Marcus Pingol 2 years ago
    A must read for every leader - very well summarized - clear and easy to understand and apply.
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    Chiu Nicole 4 years ago
    It is also useful for me. The suggestions of 4 DX are helpful for us to get change to happen. we could apply 4 DX rules for translating strategy into action. Through applying the disciplines in some project management, I think it could help me achieve goals as well as better results. In my past experiences, if we spend enough time to let employee really understand "why" the new strategy before implementation, it will have a chance to inspire employee to do the more excellent execution as well as results in organization. What previous experience you have ? or what do you see key factors in excellent execution or any thoughts?
    By the way, another topic about inspire action which you might have known is also recommended. " How great leaders inspire action" by Simon Sinek.
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    Barbara Federica Abate 4 years ago
    Very uselful, I will surely put in place the four points.Thank you!
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    Eric Laurens 5 years ago
    Excellent book. Execution is they key to making things happen and an essential complement to strategy. Very practical and applicable information.

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    Nothing you do in business matters if you can`t execute. And now, you can.

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