Discipline for Your Wildly Important Goals

Recently, I received an excited phone call from a client/friend who was attending a large national conference. Kent was chomping at the bit to share with me about the contents of a seminar he had just attended titled “The 4 Disciplines of Execution.” He felt sure that what he had learned was going to really help him with his company’s implementation of System100.

System100 is software our company designed and developed to systematize businesses of all types—to give owners sustainable control over their operations.

Kent has been one of our most successful businesses, with regard to implementing the software, and he’s ever-motivated to move to the next level by continuing the improvement process. During the Conference seminar, Kent was able to purchase the course book, “The 4 Disciplines of Execution,” by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey and Jim Huling. I promised Kent I would also purchase the book and report back to him with my assessment.

This is what I learned from reading “The 4 Disciplines of Execution:”

“The 4 Disciplines of Execution” is actually a SYSTEM for achieving whatever goals you want or must achieve. The book is a MUST READ for everyone who has trouble staying on a system or implementing goals.

For those who tend to procrastinate—for some strange reason, never seeming to finish one goal or project before moving on to the next—I believe this book may be of help.

Entrepreneurs are famous for starting one project after another, as they see opportunity around every corner and it’s their nature to want to do it all!

I wrote an earlier blog about that very thing, titled “The Butterfly Effect.”

So, what are the four disciplines of execution?

Discipline 1—Focus on your Wildly Important Goals (“The 4 Disciplines of Execution” book calls them “WIGs”)
Discipline 2—Act on the Lead Measures
Discipline 3—Keep a Compelling Scoreboard
Discipline 4—Create a Cadence of Accountability

Philip Beyer, founder/president of Beyer Printing and Ebiz Products LLC in Nashville, TN, is a chronic entrepreneur, business systems analyst and consultant, author of "System Busters: How to Stop Them in Your Business," and an InterTech Award recipient for the design and development of System100™ business process management software. Philip speaks to business owners across the country on how to bring lean, sustainable order to their businesses.
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