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Stephen R. Covey's The 4 Disciplines of Execution: The Secret To Getting Things Done, On Time, With Excellence - Live Performance Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Dr. Stephen R. Covey is an internationally respected leadership authority, teacher, author, organizational consultant, and co-founder and vice chairman of Franklin Covey Co. He is author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which Chief Executive magazine has called the most influential business book of the last 100 years. The book has sold nearly 20 million copies, and after 20 years, still holds a place on most best-seller lists. Dr. Covey earned an MBA from Harvard and a doctorate from BYU, where he was a professor of organizational behavior. For more than 40 years, he has taught millions of people ― including leaders of nations and corporations ― the transforming power of the principles that govern individual and organizational effectiveness. He and his wife live in the Rocky Mountains of Utah.

Chris McChesney is the Global Practice Leader of Execution for FranklinCovey and one of the primary developers of The 4 Disciplines of Execution. For more than a decade, he has led FranklinCovey's ongoing design and development of these principles, as well as the consulting organization that has achieved extraordinary growth in many countries around the globe and impacted hundreds of organizations.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Franklin Covey on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455892831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455892839
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris McChesney is the Global Practice Leader of Execution for Franklin Covey and one of the primary developers of the 4 Disciplines of Execution. For more than a decade, he has led FranklinCovey's design and development of these principles, as well as the consulting organization that has become the fastest growing area of the company.
Chris has personally led many of the most noted implementations of the 4 Disciplines, including the State of Georgia, Marriott International, Shaw Industries, Ritz Carlton, Kroger, Coca Cola, Comcast, Frito Lay, Lockheed Martin and Gaylord Entertainment. This practical experience has enabled him to test and refine the principles contained in the 4 Disciplines of Execution from the boardrooms to the front line of these, and many other organizations.
Chris' career with Franklin Covey began by working directly with Dr. Stephen R. Covey and has continued over two decades to include roles as a Consultant, Managing Director, and General Manager within the organization. Chris launched the first 4 Disciplines of Execution Practice in the Southeast Region of Franklin Covey and today has seen it expand around the globe. Throughout this period of significant growth and expansion, Chris has maintained a single focus: to help organizations get results through improved execution.
Known for his high-energy and engaging message, Chris has become one of the most requested speakers within the Franklin Covey Organization, regularly delivering keynote speeches and executive presentations to leaders in audiences ranging from the hundreds to several thousand.
Chris, and his wife Constance, are the proud parents of five daughters and two sons. His love of family is combined with his passion for boating, water sports, coaching, and trying to keep up with his children.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on March 19, 2006
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I attended this training session in person, and purchased the CD's from Amazon to share with team mates who were not able to go. While I believe the CD's are a good reinforcement and reminder for me.... alone, they lack meaning in many areas and would be weak training at best. This is mostly a recording of a live training session, without the benefit of the workbooks or group interaction.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shefali Dua on June 12, 2012
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Steven is the most influential writers of his time. This review is of the audio revision on the book. The premise resolves around how the best executioners use the four key disciplines to drive results.

Discipline 1: Narrow the focus; Forecast a finish line
- Big Idea is X to Y by when?
- Defining the finish line makes accountability and moral go up;

Discipline 2: Lead Measures
- Golden Rule of execution: Identify lead measures
- Lead measures are predictive and influence the end goal
- Lags - oh crap measures e.g weighing scale
- Leads - The real bet; Come up with the bet; e.g. controlling calorie intakes
- Too much focus on lags is counterproductive;

Discipline 3: Capture the bet
- Make it a game
- Have Compelling score board
- Scoreboard should tell if we are winning or losing
- People play better when they are keeping score
- Look at the Lag and lead to see the whole game

Discipline 4: Go and Measure it
- Focus on 3 things to do to change the score board!
- Whirlwind urgent items will not change the scoreboard.
- Make the commitment;
- Follow the sequence Goals ->live measures ->lead measures->scoreboards

Key Points
- Account for change in human behavior when trying to execute a strategy
- More the leader is in love with strategy, the more he tends to underestimate the execution
- Focus on the wildly important "the big idea".
- Insisting on people should focus and not acknowledging the whirlwind of events around them will lead to frustration.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A reader on September 26, 2006
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One of the best business CDs I have listened to. The four disciplines are presented in a very accessible way, with many examples. I found myself making many mental notes of actions to take on a personal level and with my team.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William J. Siems on May 8, 2012
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Every few years another GREAT work come out of the FranklinCovey organization. This is an older (2007) preview of the recently released book "the 4 Disciplines of Execution" and a GREAT beginning prior to your reading the book. When I listened to it a number of years ago, I wished that there was a book of the same material and now there is. In 60 minutes Chris McChesney covers the main points of the 4 Disciplines; Focus on the Wildly Important (Goals), Act on the Lead (as opposed to the Lag) Measures, Keep a Compelling Scoreboard, and Create a Cadence of Accountability. These 4 Disciplines are the rules that are simple to read/say, but heard to do. If you do them, enacting them consistently, you can expect to become incredibly successful at whatever you do. This is well worth the listen, again, and again, and again, even after having read the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerret M. Peters on March 19, 2012
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A colleague loaned me his copy of this CD. I've listened to it straight through almost three times, and have picked up more of the content each time. The presenter is completely on target when he shares that these thing are simple to understand, but hard to do - that's why they're called *disciplines*.

As a working manager in today's business environment, the concept of the 'Whirlwind' resonates very strongly, as well as the steps to take to lead execution in a fast-paced world.

In closing, the additional point Chris makes about the nature of the Covey institute is very relevant. The underlying principles that drive the universe (including human nature) are inviolable, and this audio CD provides a concrete, coherent overview that exposes some of those most critical to actually moving an organization forward.

Highly Recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William J. Siems on March 31, 2010
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60 minutes of Stephen R. Covey & Chris McChesney. Focused, principled action is desperately need in this day & market.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coach Roy on February 19, 2013
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If you are a fan of Covey, you will like this. It is a bit too long to say what could be said much better and faster.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Al on November 8, 2012
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I think extremely highly of the Seven Habits of highly effective people. This an excellent extension of that. The issue I have is ths s an abbreviated version. I suggest trying to find the original unabridged version.
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