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Free Webcast: Getting the Most Important Things Done

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 | FranklinCovey News, The 4 Disciplines of Execution | 1 Comment

Join us for complimentary 4 Disciplines of Execution Webcast.

 When: Friday, April 30, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. CT/11:00 a.m. MT/10:00 a.m. PT
Presenter: Chris McChesney, FranklinCovey National Execution Leader
Cost: Complimentary

What if everyone in the organization had a narrow, laser focus on the one or two things that have to happen to get you through hard times and emerge stronger? In fact, research shows that companies who are making it have “simple goals repeatedly revisited, together with clear targets and strong follow through, including the measurement of results.” – (IBM Study 2009)

Attend an overview on FranklinCovey’s The 4 Disciplines of Execution, the most powerful methodology available today for translating business strategy into laser-focused action. No matter how effective your current methods, applying these disciplines will take the performance of your organization to a new level.  The 4 Disciplines of Execution are a simple, powerful method for helping organizations EXECUTE in the midst of a whirlwind of competing priorities. 

If you think only your organization struggles to get things done, think again.  In this webcast, you’ll learn the fundamental reasons execution breaks down and how common these conditions are in most organizations.  We’ll share four breakthrough disciplines that will help you identify your wildly important goals, and the simple steps you can take every day to achieve them.  We’ll show you how to leverage your leaders and managers to become execution experts and how to tap into and harness your people’s commitment and passions to achieve your highest goals and priorities.

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The Reset Button

Monday, September 14th, 2009 | Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times | 5 Comments


What happens when your computer gets overloaded?

It slows down. Everything takes longer. It starts giving you error messages. Soon it freezes, and then it crashes.

It’s the same thing that happens to you when you get overloaded. There’s a natural principle at work here: the things I have to do are infinite, but the capacity I have to do them is limited.  (In my case, quite limited.) In our new book, Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times, we talk about how to “push the reset button” on your work and your life when things get scary.

Here’s the issue: At work, everybody’s trying to do more with less. But the real question is, more of what? Are you just trying to do more stuff whether customers value it or not? Are you trying to do the jobs of people who aren’t here anymore, whether those jobs are worth doing or not?

Push the reset button. Ask yourself, what’s the job that really needs to be done? What job do my customers want me to do more than anything else?

Say you’re the only finance person left after everybody else is let go. Do you really need to keep track of every single data point that’s always been tracked? What are the company’s real needs right now? Protecting cash flow? Getting accounts receivable paid up? 

Figure out what the organization really needs you to do. Then focus on that job. Instead of trying to do 2 or 3 jobs that “kind of, ought to” be done, strip yourself down to the job that you must do and that only you can do.

 I hear you giggling. “Tell that to my boss.”  No, you tell it to your boss.  In these scary times, nobody—including you—can afford to carry responsibilities that aren’t core to the organization’s purpose.

What else can you do to succeed in the middle of the wild ride we’re all taking right now? We would love to hear from you.

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Transform Your Goals: Become a leader who delivers exceptional results (part 1)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 | The 4 Disciplines of Execution | 1 Comment

In a recent client meeting I received this comment

“I’m not sure why my company hired you, I’m really good at setting goals and I really don’t think I need any help.”

My client, Jeff was partially correct. He regularly set goals for himself and for his team.  Unfortunately, he seldom achieved them – a characteristic that had led his company to suspect he was not be the leader they needed. Hiring me was a final attempt to help him.

As we continued our first planning session, I asked Jeff to share the goals he had set for the coming year. He withdrew a binder from his briefcase and opened it on the table in front of us. 

“This binder contains all of our goals as a team, broken down into four major categories,” Jeff said proudly.

Over the next few minutes, Jeff reviewed the four categories, each of which contained at least five goals. Together, he had set over twenty separate goals for his team, all of which were classified as “high priority.”

When he finished, Jeff leaned back in his chair and said, “Now, do you still think I need help?” With real compassion, I said yes.

Yes, because I know there are 3 actions I knew that Jeff needed to do to reach his goals. › Continue reading

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Managing Fear and Insecurity

Friday, June 26th, 2009 | From the Desk of Stephen R. Covey | No Comments

Much of our world is gripped with a sense of fear and insecurity–fear of losing jobs, homes, or our future. In such a state of insecurity and vulnerability, it is easy to see why people might resign to being in survival mode and looking out only for themselves, at home, at work or in the community. In this environment people tend to respond by being more and more independent. The mindset becomes: “I’m going to focus on ‘me and mine.’

Certainly, independence is vital; however, the problem is that we live in an interdependent reality. Our most important work, the problems we hope to solve or the opportunities we hope to realize require working and collaborating with other people in a high-trust, synergistic way-whether at home or at work. Having an interdependent mindset, skills and tools are vital, especially now as we work through challenges unlike anything most of us have ever seen in our life time.

The principles found in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are all about helping people learn how to understand and build interdependence. The more we really understand and practice the habits, the more we will build the core skills and character necessary to successfully respond to the many challenges that will inevitably come our way. As a result, we will be able to manage our fears and insecurities, and take charge of our lives-which, in turn, can reduce our fears and insecurities.

Are you focusing on practicing interdependence? What differences have you seen in your life?

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Have You Discovered Your Purpose?

Monday, May 18th, 2009 | FranklinCovey News | 6 Comments

Do you have a mission statement? Have you taken the time to put your mission statement down on paper? 

According to Dr. Stephen R. Covey a mission statement is like a constitution by which you make all decisions for your life. Highly effective people shape their own future instead of letting other people, their culture, or their circumstance determine it. A mission statement provides direction and clarity for your life, your family, your team and your organization.

Such clarity is critically important in today’s turbulent climate. You may work within an organization with fewer people, fewer resources, more confusion, and more noise-you may be expected to do as much or more with far fewer resources. In order to survive in such an environment, you need a compass to help stay focused and on course in order to make critical decisions and accomplish key priorities.

Benefits of a Mission Statement: › Continue reading

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Discover Your Purpose – Building Your Mission Statement

Friday, April 24th, 2009 | FranklinCovey News | 12 Comments

I was introduced to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 25 years ago as a freshman in college. The book wasn’t even written yet. I found the lecture series on tape in my campus bookstore, and bought them hoping for some solid advice as I embarked upon my college career.

I liked everything I heard, but some habits and ideas resonated with me more than others. Habit 2, Begin With the End in Mind was a habit that made theoretical sense to me, but it’s application (writing a personal mission statement) just seemed a little too ‘touchy-feely’ to me. It wasn’t that I was against the idea. I mean, ‘if you’re the kind of person that is in to that self-exploratory stuff, that’s great, but that kind of thing just isn’t my style.’ I will be honest, I kind of glossed over Habit 2.

Big mistake. › Continue reading

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