The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Chris McChesney , Sean Covey , Jim Huling

The 4 Disciplines of Execution



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Many people believe that when a strategy is clear, a leader finds it easy to get his team to execute it. This book tells us quite the opposite, explaining how much the execution of a strategy is in fact the biggest challenge for almost all managers, because the training they received is usually focussed on theory, ignoring the practical approach to implementing projects. The 4 Disciplines of Execution proposes a clear and simple, tried and tested formula, which enables leaders to achieve what is ‘wildly important’ to the company, with the active participation of their team. 

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Analysis and key concepts


Execution is the ability to execute a strategy and its main enemy is the “whirlwind”, made up of all the indispensable tasks that keep a company afloat


Focussing your utmost attention on one or two very important objectives enables you to fully achieve them


To focus on few objectives you need to let go of everything which is not relevant


The principle of leverage: identifying which actions are most effective and focussing on them


Keeping score to know whether or not we are succeeding increases team involvement


Take stock of the situation regularly, schedule weekly meetings to recap and plan the next moves




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Many useful tips to:

  • Learn to execute an effective management process.
  • Make strategic changes at an organisational level.
  • Learn the difference between knowing “what” to do and “how” to do it.

Chris McChesney is the Global Practice Leader of Execution for FranklinCovey, and is one of the main developers of the 4 Disciplines of Execution. For over a decade he has been responsible for testing and developing the Disciplines within his company, while also consulting for large international firms.

Sean Covey is executive vice president for Global Solutions and Partnerships, which supervises FranklinCovey’s international operations. He is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, among which are The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make and The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.

Jim Huling is an author, speaker and coach. He is the Managing Consultant at FranklinCovey, and is responsible for the implementation of the 4 Disciplines for several international companies.

Publishing house:

Simon & Schuster