Tuesday, June 02, 2015

June Book Report

Can you believe it is time for another of Don Kardux's immensely useful book reports.  This one sounds like a required read!

Here ya' go!

As part of my Debby Peters influenced "Elevator Speech" I mention that Business Navigators does two things to help business, people and organizations.

"First, we help them to discover for themselves what they want to do- 'To Make Things Better- that's planning."

"Secondly, we stay, for at least a year, to help them - Do It- that's implementation"
Another word used in place of implementation is Execution and in my view it is the most difficult to do.

In May of 2014 in the "Connext Nation Newsletter" I reviewed a book by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charam titled "Execution" it was written twenty-one years ago.
"The 4 Disciplines of Execution" was published in 2012 at so is less than four years old and it expands on Bossidy and Charam's observations.

Like  Marcus Buckingham's book, "First Break all the Rules" (Reviewed in May of this year) this book is also the result of first, 300,000 interviews with company leaders and team members and secondly, many years of field experience working with companies to help make 4DX (an abbreviation for the 4 Disciplines of Execution) a part of their culture.

These 4 approaches to discipline in Execution are the result of real world failures, successes and finally modification of the discipline content leaving the parts that really work.
I feel that it is important to mention the 4 Disciplines as it is also important to note the only way to fully understand what they mean and how they are to be used is to "Read the darned book!!"

Discipline 1:                 Focus on the Wildly Important (WIG =Wildly Important Goal)
Discipline 2:                 Act on the Lead Measures
Discipline 3:                 Keep a Compelling Scoreboard
Discipline 4:                 Create a Cadence of Accountability

These Disciplines are covered in Section 1 of the book and in 79 pages clarify their meaning and importance.
Section 2 focuses on Installing 4DX with your team and is most helpful in a practical way.
Section 3 focuses on Installing 4DX in your organization -and is best read by those who are involved with a large organization.

This book confirms and states things I have observed and believe about implementation/ execution.
It really identifies and clarifies the issues involved and well worth the read.
Two "Aha's" for me from this book.

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