The 4 Disciplines of Execution: The Secret to Getting Things Done, on Time, with Excellence

Version: Abridged
Author: Stephen R. Covey , Chris McChesney
Narrator: Stephen R. Covey
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Development
Publisher: Franklin Covey
Published In: January 2008
Length: 1 hour, 10 minutes
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Executing strategic goals is the greatest challenge in business today. Aligning the organization's work teams with your most important objectives is a never-ending battle. In addition, keeping teams engaged and focused on the top goals is critical. Imagine an organization where every team--from the senior leadership to the front line--is focused on the most important priorities and committed to achieving the Wildly Important Goals.

Stephen Covey introduces one of the best thinking of execution leadership experts, Chris McChesney who teaches important principles through relevant, current examples to illustrate the four imperatives:
1. Focus on the Wildly Important. Shift through urgent priorities and define what's most important to the organization.
2. Act on the Lead Measures. Identify key actions that help goal accomplishment.
3. Keep A Compelling Scorecard. Track key measures of success.
4. Create a Cadence of Accountability. Build an individual planning-and-accounting system to get the most important work done.

Reviews (1)

Quick and Inspirational

Written by Thunderbunk from Yorba Linda, CA on July 3rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was a quick read (listen), just 1 CD. I thought that with just 1 CD, it wouldn't have that much material. However, you don't need that much material. Some of this is pretty obvious, but then again, some things that are obvious just aren't that obvious. I really liked the points this book made on how to improve your execution. Basically, how to execute on the goals you set. Highly recommend. I listened to it several times to make sure it sunk in.

Author Details

Author Details

Covey, Stephen R.

In 1996, Stephen R. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans and one of Sales and Marketing Management's top 25 power brokers. Dr. Covey is the author of several acclaimed books, including the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It has sold more than 15 million copies in 38 languages throughout the world. Other bestsellers authored by Dr. Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, with sales exceeding one million, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. Dr. Covey's newest book, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, which was released in November 2004, has risen to the top of several bestseller lists, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today Money, Business Week, and and Barnes & Noble. The 8th Habit has sold more than 360,000 copies.

* In 2002, Forbes named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the top 10 most influential management books ever.
* A survey by Chief Executive Magazine recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as one of the two most influential business books of the twentieth century.
* The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People audiobook on tape is the best-selling nonfiction audio in history, selling more than 1.5 million copies.
* Over two million copies of First Things First have been sold. Simon & Schuster expressed the opinion, "...First Things First is the best-selling time management book ever."
* Dr. Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families was released in October 1997 and ranked fourth on the New York Times list within three months of its release date. It is the No. 1 best-selling hardcover book on family.

Dr. Covey is co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. FranklinCovey shares Dr. Covey's vision, discipline and passion to inspire, lift and provide tools for change and growth of individuals and organizations throughout the world. Dr. Covey's organizational legacy to the world is Covey Leadership Center. On May 30, 1997, a merger of Covey Leadership Center with Franklin Quest created FranklinCovey. Dr. Covey's vision of empowering organizations to implement "principle-centered" leadership in their cultures continues to be an important focus of FranklinCovey.

McChesney, Chris

Chris McChesney is the Global Practice Leader of Execution for FranklinCovey and one of the primary developers of The 4 Disciplines of Execution. For more than a decade, he has led FranklinCovey's ongoing design and development of these principles, as well as the consulting organization that has achieved extraordinary growth in many countries around the globe and impacted hundreds of organizations.