4DEx equals Lean Simplified

#the4disciplines – I have been a long time fan and practitioner of Franklin Covey’s, The 4 Disciplines of Execution. One of the reasons maybe that the 4 Disciplines are closely related to Lean practice of PDCA. If you are looking for a simplified version of putting PDCA in practice these 4 Disciplines serve as an excellent guideline. It is PDCA without calling it PDCA. In fact, I cannot remember any Lean Engagement that I did not cover this material. the4disciplines

The 4 disciplines have been slightly updated in the book and can be summarized:

  1. (Plan) Focus on the Wildly Important (WIG): Execution starts with focus. Focus on the one or two goals that will make all the difference, instead of giving mediocre effort to dozens of goals.
  2. (Do) Act on the Lead Measures: Apply a disproportionate amount of energy to the activities that drive these lead measures. In this way, your team is creating the present while focused on the WIG.
  3. (Check) Keep a Compelling Scoreboard: If you know the score all the time, people will be engaged.
  4. (Act) Create a Cadence of Accountability:  A frequent recurring cycle of accounting for past performance and planning to move the score forward. Great teams operate with a high level of accountability.

One of my takeaways from the book was this statement: “Accountability means making the personal commitments to the entire team to move the scores forward and then following through in a discipline way.’ Closely resembling a past blog post, Kaizen is Always Individual.

Never understood why there had never been a book published and was excited to see the material finally in print. This is a video introducing the 4 Disciplines of Execution by Franklin Covey. It illustrates the frustration that most leaders experience when trying to execute on their strategy.

I have followed this program since its inception and attended workshops more than once. This has been a foundational tool for me and any client associated with me. Since 2004, I have routinely listened to the audio of  ‘The 4 Disciplines of Execution for reinforcement. I think the book will greatly assist organizations in developing and executing their strategic objectives. If you can’t tell by now, I highly recommend the new book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution.

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