In this interview, they review the 4 disciplines of execution, why it’s 4DX shows leaders where they can find real leverage and how to use it to. The 4 Disciplines of Execution® (4DX) is a methodology that helps close the execution gap. It is based on universal principles of human. How would consistent execution impact, you, your team, and your Discipline 1: Focus on the Wildly Important .. W. B. B. B. Implementing the 4DX System.

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In every business, strategy is vital for success. It charts the course and sets the direction. But, every strategist knows that so often strategic goals never take off because they are drowned by all of the other competing interests. The daily activities of the organization starve the strategic goal. And these same concepts can be applied to achieve your personal goals.

Tell me about the whirlwind and what can be done about it. We call it the whirlwind. Think about it this way: The whirlwind is urgent and it acts on you and everyone working 4ds you every minute of every day. The best way to understand the whirlwind is to remember the last important initiative in your organization that launched well and then died. How did the end come?

4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX): Closing the Execution Gap

Was it with a loud crash and a tremendous explosion? Or did it go down quietly over time, suffocated by discip,ines whirlwind? The challenge is executing your most important goals in the midst of the urgent! If you ignore the urgent, it can kill you today. You talk about the leadership challenge of focus. Why is focus such an ongoing challenge? Basically, the more you try to do, the less you actually accomplish.


This is a stark, inescapable principle that we all live with. Somewhere along the way, most leaders forget this.

And yet, there will always be more good ideas than you and your team have the capacity to execute. Focus is a natural principle. Focus on the wildly important requires you to go against your basic wiring as a leader and focus on less so that your team can achieve more.

What are some of the difficulties in executing a WIG? Execution starts with focus. So, why do almost all leaders struggle to narrow their focus? Every week, we work with dozens of leadership teams across the world and, almost without exception, they acknowledge that they need greater focus. Despite this desire, they continue to find themselves with too many competing priorities, pulling their teams in too many different directions.

Focusing on the wildly important means narrowing the number of goals you are attempting to accomplish beyond the day-to-day demands of your whirlwind. Simply put, Discipline 1 is about applying more energy against fewer goals because, when it comes to setting 4vx, the law of diminishing returns is as real as the law of gravity. If a team focuses on two or even three goals beyond the demands of their whirlwind, they can often accomplish them.

However, if they set four to ten goals, our experience has been that they will achieve only one or two. Confronted with so many goals the team members will stop listening let alone executing.

The fundamental principle at work in Discipline 1 is that human beings are genetically hardwired to do one thing at a time with excellence. Science tells us the human brain can give full focus to only executin single object at any given moment. From sales goals to employee safety, it makes a difference. You talk about keeping a compelling off under Discipline 3. What are some of the pitfalls leaders fall into when trying to install a scoreboard? Visually displaying data is not new to you or your team.


4 Disciplines of Execution

In fact, you may be thinking that you already have a scoreboard, or even lots of scoreboards, all captured dissciplines complex spreadsheets inside your 4vx. And the data just keeps coming in. Most of this data is in the form of lag measures accompanied by historical trends, forward projections, and detailed financial analysis.

There are four questions we always ask when determining if a scoreboard is likely to be compelling to the players:. Main menu Skip to primary content. Skip to secondary content. Home About Contact Me. After reading the book, I followed up with author Jim Huling to delve into the material.

The discipline of focus. Extraordinary results can only be achieved when you are clear about what matters most. As simple as this principle may sound, few leaders ever master it.

The discipline of leverage. With unlimited time and resources, you could accomplish anything. Unfortunately, your challenge is usually the opposite: The discipline of engagement. You have the authority to make things happen, but you want more than that — you want the performance that only passion and engagement can produce. The discipline of accountability. No matter how brilliant your plan or how important your goal, nothing will happen until you follow through with consistent action.

Which of the four disciplines to you find is the most difficult for you? How do you avoid the ‘whirlwind’ to keep focused on your own goals? You can leave a comment eisciplines clicking here. This article is copyrighted discuplines Skip Prichard, republishing is not permitted. Please share, but executiom repost in its entirety.