The 4DX or the 4 Disciplines of Execution are detailed rules that allow an organization to move from a strategy into action. One of the things that makes it so appealing for organizations is the fact that when it is applied, it is able to deliver extraordinary results.
Let’s take a look at each one of the 4 disciplines that integrate the 4 Disciplines of Execution:
This is the discipline of focus. According to the Disciplines of Execution, extraordinary results are only achieved when you are extremely clear about what is more important. While this may seem a very simple concept, the truth is that many leaders and business owners have a hard time mastering it.
This is the discipline of leverage. In the perfect world, your organization would have all the time and resources that allowed you to accomplish everything you wanted. However, this isn’t what happens in your organization. So, you need to ensure that you can accomplish more with less. With the Disciplines of Execution, you will understand where you can find the leverage that you need to ensure that you are able to produce extraordinary results.
This is the discipline of engagement. As a business owner, you know that you have the authority to make things happen. However, you want more than just authority. You want to achieve that performance that it is only possible to obtain when there is engagement and passion. With the Disciplines of Execution, your commitment will change. You will move from an authority-driven into a passion-driven commitment not only in yourself but also in the people that you lead.
This is the discipline of accountability. The truth is that you can have the best plan in the world or have a good comprehension of how your goal is important. In case you don’t follow, in case you don’t act, nothing will happen. So, with the Disciplines of Execution, you will feel accountable for moving, for taking consistent action.
While technically you can consider Discipline 4 as the most important one, the truth is that it isn’t possible for you to act without the other 3 disciplines that make up the 4 Disciplines of Execution.
One of the things that we keep seeing happening over and over again is entrepreneurs or leader coming up with good ideas. They define them, set the goals, and have everything in place to act. However, they never do. So, why is executing an idea so difficult?
The truth is that the implementation of an idea requires changes in your behavior. After all, when you come up with a new idea, you want to reach higher results. So, obviously, you will need to do things in a different way.
Ultimately, human beings don’t deal very well with change. After all, we are creatures of habits. However, changing your behavior may be even harder because you are trying to do it within an environment that is already filled with urgent priorities. So, both challenges together lead entrepreneurs to only plan and never act.