The 4 Disciplines of Execution is not a theory. It is a proven set of practices that have been tested and refined by hundreds of organizations and thousands of teams over many years. When a company or an individual adheres to these disciplines, they achieve superb results, regardless of the goal. The disciplines are powerful yet simple. They are not, however, simplistic. They can be challenging to apply and sustain as they require us to work differently than we normally do.
The purpose of The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Manager Certification is not just for business management strategy, but to help managers create actual work plans.
DISCIPLINE 01: Focus on the Wildly Important.
Exceptional execution starts with narrowing the focus— clearly identifying what must be done, or nothing else you achieve really matters much.
DISCIPLINE 02: Act on the Lead Measures.
Twenty percent of activities produce eighty percent of results. The highest predictors of goal achievement are the 80/20 activities that are identified and codified into individual actions and tracked fanatically.
DISCIPLINE 03: Keep a Compelling Scoreboard.
People and teams play differently when they are keeping score, and the right kind of scoreboards motivate the players to win.
DISCIPLINE 04: Create a Cadence of Accountability.
Great performers thrive in a culture of accountability that is frequent, positive, and self-directed. Each team engages in a simple weekly process that highlights successes, analyzes failures, and course-corrects as necessary, creating the ultimate performance-management system.