Blog - Execution

Articles and blog posts from our thought leaders on execution and The 4 Disciplines of Execution.

  • The Focusing Power of No

    The Focusing Power of No

    It is incumbent upon leaders to say no to good ideas every day in order to focus on the wildly important strategic goals of their organizations.

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  • Align Inputs With Outputs

    Align Inputs With Outputs

    Do you find yourself unable to consistently get or replicate your desired results—especially when it comes to building relationships?

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  • Execute With Excellence: The 4 Disciplines of Team Engagement

    Execute With Excellence: The 4 Disciplines of Team Engagement

    Now, what happened to the city workers in Aurora, Illinois, as they started to live by the principles of excellent execution?

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  • Execute With Excellence: Create a Cadence of Accountability

    Execute With Excellence: Create a Cadence of Accountability

    So you’ve decided on your wildly important goals. You’ve set your measures, put up a scoreboard…and then you might watch the entire effort fall apart.

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  • Execute With Excellence: Keep a Compelling Scoreboard

    Execute With Excellence: Keep a Compelling Scoreboard

    People play differently when they’re keeping score. Your team needs a scoreboard so you can tell at a glance how you’re progressing towards your wildly important goals.

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  • Execute With Excellence: Act on the Lead Measures

    Execute With Excellence: Act on the Lead Measures

    In tracking progress of a goal, there are two kinds of measures: lead and lag. Lead measures track actions you take to achieve the goal.

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  • Execute With Excellence: Focus on the Wildly Important

    Execute With Excellence: Focus on the Wildly Important

    Nearly every team has an articulated strategy, But that strategy becomes meaningless if the team fails to produce results. Successful leaders not only create a clear strategy, they execute it.

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  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution

    The 4 Disciplines of Execution

    The 4 Disciplines of Execution are designed to create a winnable game. They give you the power to execute your most important goals in the face of competing priorities and distractions.

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  • Accountability IS the Game

    Accountability IS the Game

    Discipline 4 is where execution really happens.

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  • All Actions are Not Created Equal

    All Actions are Not Created Equal

    Some actions simply have more impact than others and it is those that you want to identify and act on if you want to reach your goal. We call them lead measures.

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  • The More You Try to Do, the Less You Accomplish

    The More You Try to Do, the Less You Accomplish

    This is a stark, inescapable principle that we all live with.

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  • 4 Rules of Execution Every Leader Needs to Know

    4 Rules of Execution Every Leader Needs to Know

    Do you remember your last important initiative that launched well and then died?

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  • People Play Differently When They Are Keeping Score

    People Play Differently When They Are Keeping Score

    The difference in performance between a team that simply understands their lead and lag measures as a concept, and a team that actually knows their score, is remarkable!

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  • How to Clarify Your Goals and Reach the Finish Line

    How to Clarify Your Goals and Reach the Finish Line

    “We are the most focused company that I know of or have read of or have any knowledge of.

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  • Businesses must define and prioritize goals

    Businesses must define and prioritize goals

    “The key for companies to achieve their priorities is to narrow their focus and take on one goal at a time — something with which many leaders struggle.” -Chris McChesney

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  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution Summary (Part 1)

    Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization?

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  • Forbes.com Relates Startups to Execution

    When entrepreneurs come to me with that "million dollar idea", I have to tell them that an idea alone is really worth nothing.

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  • The Real Problem with Execution

    B. J. Walker was facing the greatest challenge of her career. When she was the newly appointed Commissioner of the Department of Human Services for the U.S. State of Georgia in 2004, she could see tha

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  • Investors Business Daily talks about 4DX

    With unlimited time and resources, much can be accomplished in business.

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  • Execution vs. Strategy

    As a leader, you can influence two principal things when it comes to producing results: your strategy (or plan) and your ability to execute that strategy.

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