The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals - Deepstash

Explore the World's Best Ideas

Join today and uncover 100+ curated journeys from 50+ topics. Unlock access to our mobile app with extensive features.

CHRIS MCCHESNEY

Nothing is more motivating than belonging to a team of people who know the goal and are determined to get there.

CHRIS MCCHESNEY

881

10.1K reads

A team won't naturally engage with a strategy

A leader can influence two key things when it comes to producing results:

  • The strategy
  • The ability to execute that strategy.

If a strategy is clear and you as the leader are driving it, your team won’t naturally engage to achieve it. However, a set of disciplines can enable you to produce exceptional results.

824

5.39K reads

Discipline 1: Focus on a wildly important goal (WIG)

When it comes to setting goals, focus all your attention on one wildly important goal at a time. In doing so, you will execute better than if you spread yourself too thinly. 

Choosing the right WIG:

  • Brainstorm possible WIGs.
  • Rank them by the impact on the organisation.
  • Test the top ideas to see if they are measurable and aligned with your overall WIG.
  • Define the WIG. Use the formula: X & Y by Z. Focus on what, not how.

872

4.46K reads

Discipline 2: Act on the lead measures

You should apply most of your energy, time and resources only to the tasks and actions that drive your lead measure (the tasks directly related to achieving the goal.) 

 

Lead measures will inform you of the likelihood of reaching the goal. If you’re unlikely to reach it, you can do something about it.

For example, a car breaking down is out of your control (a lag measure). However, you can maintain your car regularly to lessen a breakdown (a lead measure).

If the lead measure changes, the lag measure will also change.

846

3.23K reads

Discipline 3: Keep A Compelling Scoreboard

Discipline 3: Keep A Compelling Scoreboard

A visible scoreboard ensures that everyone knows whether they are on the right track. It keeps the team motivated.

The scoreboard needs to clearly and simply outline the data.

  • Only have necessary data on display so that everyone can understand it at a glance.
  • Ensure it is visible to everyone.
  • Show lead and lag measures.
  • It can tell at a glance if you’re winning or losing.

833

2.87K reads

Discipline 4: Create A Cadence Of Accountability

It is important to create a consistent cycle of accounting for past performance and plan for the future. This can be done with weekly WIG sessions.

There are three parts to a WIG section:

  1. Account: Report on commitments. Identify the commitments reached during the week in review.
  2. Review the scoreboard: Learn from successes and failures. Identify all the things you’ve been able to achieve so far regarding the lead and lag measures. Celebrate your successes.
  3. Plan: Clear the path and make commitments for the next week.

838

2.95K reads

IDEAS CURATED BY

ang_n

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

Angel 's ideas are part of this journey:

Joining A New Team

Learn more about strategy with this collection

How to establish a positive team culture

How to collaborate effectively

How to build trust with a new team

Related collections

Discover Key Ideas from Books on Similar Topics

Crush It!

7 ideas

Crush It!

Gary Vaynerchuk

How to be Strategic

11 ideas

Read & Learn

20x Faster

without
deepstash

with
deepstash

with

deepstash

Personalized microlearning

100+ Learning Journeys

Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.

Email

I agree to receive email updates