The Four Disciplines of Execution

Version: Abridged
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Narrator: Stephen R. Covey
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Development, Career Development, Health & Wellness
Publisher: Franklin Covey
Published In: May 2004
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Focus on the Critical

In business, survival depends on meeting objectives. Most failures in organizations today are not the result of a lack of smarts, they are caused by a lack of execution -- things just don't get done. Defining a clear strategy and setting goals is one thing, sticking to strategy and meeting those goals is quite another. The 4 Disciplines of Execution teaches how to focus on your top priorities and get the critical things accomplished. Whether you are a member of a team, lead a team, or lead an entire organization, this workshop will equip you to deliver on your top priorities consistently.

What You'll Learn

Four universal business disciplines that deliver results again and again:

a. Focus on the Wildly Important
b. Create a Compelling Scoreboard
c. Translate Lofty Goals into Specific Actions
d. Hold Each Other Accountable -- All of the Time

Each discipline includes a business principle, old thinking, new thinking, and a metaphor that further clarifies the learning. A bonus section, "Implementing the Disciplines," supported by a special resource CD, gives critical information about activating the power of the 4 Disciplines in your organization.

Reviews (6)


Written by Anonymous on November 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

The principles were solid but this is not new information. The entire presentation was rather trite and there are no “wow” moments. This is would be good for a young student just starting to climb the corporate ladder.

The Four Disciplines of Execution

Written by Gary Todd on March 28th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I bought this for work after listening in my car on the way to and from. I think there are some great principals in this writing, but I'm not sure that there is enough detail to put to real use. The jury's still out from that aspect. It would be better live as a pupil or in the audience, but again, I think great principals are there.


Written by Anonymous on February 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A definite paradigm shift from time management to ENERGY MANAGEMENT! This book is very timely and has the potential to help a lot of people (especially BUSY people)

Four Disciplines of Execution

Written by Anonymous on February 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Rehash of 7 habits, or 8 habits, or however many habits there are now. Good if you haven't heard his other stuff, but start with 7 habits and you may not need this one.

Thought Provoking

Written by Allen Washburn on August 11th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I must say this selection was nicely laid out and full of thought provoking ideas. The delivery was excellent and the oratory was pleasant. I would recommend this reading to anyone looking for help in following through with goals. The only negative to this selection were the long sections, which made reviewing the information within difficult.

Four Disciplines of Execution

Written by Roy Godwin on August 3rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

After having listened to his book Focus, this book was somewhat of a let down for me. I was expecting more. It was similar to a movie sequel, never as good as the first.

Author Details

Author Details

Covey, Stephen R.

In 1996, Stephen R. Covey was recognized as one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans and one of Sales and Marketing Management's top 25 power brokers. Dr. Covey is the author of several acclaimed books, including the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It has sold more than 15 million copies in 38 languages throughout the world. Other bestsellers authored by Dr. Covey include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, with sales exceeding one million, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. Dr. Covey's newest book, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness, which was released in November 2004, has risen to the top of several bestseller lists, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today Money, Business Week, and and Barnes & Noble. The 8th Habit has sold more than 360,000 copies.

* In 2002, Forbes named The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People one of the top 10 most influential management books ever.
* A survey by Chief Executive Magazine recognized The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as one of the two most influential business books of the twentieth century.
* The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People audiobook on tape is the best-selling nonfiction audio in history, selling more than 1.5 million copies.
* Over two million copies of First Things First have been sold. Simon & Schuster expressed the opinion, "...First Things First is the best-selling time management book ever."
* Dr. Covey's book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families was released in October 1997 and ranked fourth on the New York Times list within three months of its release date. It is the No. 1 best-selling hardcover book on family.

Dr. Covey is co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. FranklinCovey shares Dr. Covey's vision, discipline and passion to inspire, lift and provide tools for change and growth of individuals and organizations throughout the world. Dr. Covey's organizational legacy to the world is Covey Leadership Center. On May 30, 1997, a merger of Covey Leadership Center with Franklin Quest created FranklinCovey. Dr. Covey's vision of empowering organizations to implement "principle-centered" leadership in their cultures continues to be an important focus of FranklinCovey.