I read a lot of books each year and I usually learn something from all of them, but only a select few make it into what I call my Success Library—books so powerful that they deeply inform my ideas about how to be successful in work and in life. The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling is one such book.
Do you have a personal or professional goal (or two) that you would desperately like to achieve? Something that you’re done talking about; done dreaming about; done making excuses about; something that you’re committed to turning into reality as quickly as possible?
Maybe you want to take that trip to Europe, lose 20 lbs, make the President’s Club, start a business or write that book?!
Or maybe you’re the manager or leader of a team that’s underperforming and it’s your job to help them get back on track?
If so, this book has many of the answers you’re looking for.
Of course, if you want to really master the 4 disciplines, you’ll have to buy the book, read it and practice it. It’s full of real world examples of how organizations have applied this methodology and achieved great results.
Today, I just want to briefly review what each of these disciplines entails, along with some key takeaways…