Published October 1, 2018

Ep 034: Chris McChesney with Kim Simios

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ExecutionLeading Organizations

Have you ever noticed that sometimes your most important work often gets lost in the whirlwind of urgent activities? In this episode, execution expert Chris McChesney talks with Kim Simios about his 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) method that helps leaders break through the whirlwind to execute on their most important goals. Chris and Kim explore the practical implications of executing the 4DX process then participate in an audience Q&A.

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SUMMARY:

Have you ever noticed that sometimes your most important work often gets lost in the whirlwind of urgent activities? In this episode, execution expert Chris McChesney talks with Kim Simios about his 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) method that helps leaders break through the whirlwind to execute on their most important goals. Chris and Kim explore the practical implications of executing the 4DX process then participate in an audience Q&A.

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • How do you help organizations execute a strategy that requires a high degree of buy-in?
  • Leaders study strategy but they struggle with execution.
  • In the moment, a human being will always choose the urgent over the important.
  • People often excel at execution in a crisis because they understand the urgency.
  • The 4 Disciplines were designed to increase the urgency of strategic priorities.
    • Discipline 1: Focus on the Wildly Important
    • Discipline 2: Act on the Lead Measure
    • Discipline 3: Keep a Compelling Scoreboard
    • Discipline 4: Create a Cadence of Accountability
  • Disciplines “say easy” but “do hard.”
  • There are always more good ideas than you have the capacity to execute.
  • If the 4 Disciplines live at senior levels, they won’t do any good. They need to be implemented on the front lines.
  • Key question to ask your team, “What are the fewest battles necessary to win the war?”
  • Human beings can handle one Wildly Important Goal (WIG) in addition to their day job.
  • When you add accountability to a goal, you are communicating that this is a high-stakes game.
  • People want to be known, relevant and measured.
  • It takes about two months of consistent work for the 4 Disciplines to catch fire.
  • Teams will read the leader to determine how important this is to the leader.
  • Key question to ask yourself (as a leader): “Do the people working for me feel like they are playing a high-stakes winnable game?”

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

1. Think about your organization: Do Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) live on the front lines team level or only the organizational level?

2. If your team has identified a WIG, how are you doing at 1) Acting on Lead Measures? 2) Keeping a Compelling Scoreboard? 3) Creating a Cadence of Accountability? Identify the area that would help your team move forward in the 4 Disciplines process and take a step this week to do something about it.

3. If your team has not identified a WIG, work to identify one. You can do this exercise by yourself or with a team. Ask the following questions:

a. What are the fewest battles necessary to win the war?
b. If our team were to focus on one thing to move to the next level, what would it be

 

RESOURCES MENTIONED:

The Global Leadership Summit 2016

Stephen R. Covey

Seinfeld

Ram Charan

The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney

NASA

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

W. Edwards Deming

Wegmans

Chick-fil-A

Patrick Lencioni

3 Signs of a Miserable Job (Now titled The Truth About Employee Engagement) by Patrick Lencioni

Remember the Titans

First Things First by Stephen R. Covey and A. Roger Merrill

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

Comcast

Marriott

 

RELATED LINKS:

Chris McChesney

Franklin Covey Execution Solutions

Kim Simios

Ernst & Young (E-Y)

The Global Leadership Summit

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