Chris McChesney is a Wall Street Journal #1 National Best-Selling Author – The 4 Disciplines of Execution. In his current role of Global Practice Leader of Execution for FranklinCovey, Chris is one of the primary developers of The 4 Disciplines of Execution. Chris shares his thoughts on what it takes to focus, why you shouldn’t wait to innovate, and how to effectively lead in the midst of ambiguity.
[3:25] Chris discusses whether focus is the key to execution or if there are other factors at play here.
[4:35] “Be very deliberate about what is the area of focus and everything else the organization needs to sustain.”
[8:00] The four disciplines of execution are:
- Get clear on the critical target.
- Leverage your metrics on a team level.
- Boost employee engagement by showing them the score.
- Hold people accountable.
[14:20] When it comes to defining your target, there needs to be a combination of what’s most important and what’s most at risk.
[16:25] If you want innovation, then you have to allow people to experiment, which means taking on a certain amount of team failure.
[17:45] It can be so easy to lose focus when you’re trying to experiment on the latest flavor of the month.
[22:25] People aren’t afraid of change. They’re afraid of ambiguity. In every major disaster, there is a spike in divorce rates as well as marriage rates, because people don’t like being in limbo. They need certainty.
[24:15] Because of the circumstance we’re in, every industry is being forced to change and switch things up. People are tapped out and being drained from all sides.
[29:05] When the status quo is good, it can be hard to push yourself out of your comfort zone to innovate. It comes down to having a weekly discipline.
[33:55] Emotion alone will not sustain you in achieving those non-urgent tasks.
[37:55] Chris shares the story of his creative and slightly sneaky way of getting to work alongside Stephen Covey when he was a recent college grad.
[42:15] Listener challenge: Do the people who work for you feel like they can win?
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