The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) method is a simple, repeatable, and proven method to help leaders manage the execution of their most crucial strategies, realize breakthrough results, change behaviors, and achieve higher levels of engagement and performance from your team.
Discipline 1: Focusing on the Wildly Important
An organization should focus its best effort on only one or two goals that, when achieved, make all the difference. These goals are known as wildly important goals (WIGs). If the organization exerts only a mediocre effort on dozens of goals, it will never achieve meaningful success.
Discipline 2: Acting on the Lead Measures
After the organizational teams break down the WIGs into specific, measurable targets, they must then define the activities that will help them achieve those goals. The achievement of goals can be measured with lag measurements and lead measurements.
Discipline 3: Keeping a Compelling Scoreboard
For teams to know whether or not they are achieving their goals, they need a compelling scoreboard so they can compare where they are to where they should be. There is a remarkable difference between the performance of teams that know the concepts of their lead and lag measures and the performance of teams that actually know their scores. By practicing Discipline 3, leaders can help their teams convert their lead and lag measurements into visible, compelling scoreboards that are designed for the sole purpose of engaging team members to win.
Discipline 4: Creating a Cadence of Accountability
Execution really happens when leaders create a cadence of accountability—a cycle of accounting for past performance and planning that recurs frequently and moves the score forward. Execution is more than just setting a goal and achieving it. What is more difficult is the ability to achieve a critical goal while operating within the day-to-day whirlwind. Even more difficult is when leaders must change the behavior of their teams to achieve their goals.
We use the 4DX system and scoreboards in conjunction with our master-mind groups to drive higher productivity and profitability.