Instaread Summary of The 4 Disciplines of Execution Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling
Five out of five stars
The first key takeaway in this summary is so accurate in defining the problem of trying to identify and act on long term goals that it should be put in all caps, a larger font and bolded. It is
“The chief obstacle to sustaining progress toward goals in a business is the whirlwind of everyday activity that is more urgent but less important.”
Veterans of the modern business world will greet this with a loud “Right on!” Implicit in this statement is the problem of quantifying urgency and importance so that they can be properly balanced against each other.
The second takeaway is also one that will generate strong agreement, although the inclusion of the word “wildly” is an act of hype that is as unnecessary as it is irrelevant. When you are hitting it out of the park, there is no need to pile it on. Although it does allow for the creation of an easily remembered acronym, WIG, for “Wildly Important Goal.”
“The first discipline needed to pursue an important goal is to narrow the list of goals down to the one or two most wildly important. It is expressed as an action with a starting point, end goal, and time frame.”
The remainder of the takeaways generally deal with the implementation hows and are also solid. Creating simple scorecards that are understandable and accurate for employees to monitor their progress is of fundamental importance and emphasized.
This summary contains a great deal of excellent advice on how to break out from the cycle of feeling like the hamster in the wheel. Moving fast and furious but without making any progress on the long-term goals of the organization.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.