Chris McChesney

Co-author of The 4 Disciplines of Execution and global practice leader of execution for FranklinCovey.

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Chris McChesney is the co-author of the bestselling book in the world on strategy execution. He is the global practice leader of execution for FranklinCovey and one of the primary developers of The 4 Disciplines of Execution®.

For 15 years, he has led FranklinCovey’s ongoing design and development of these principles, as well as the consulting organization that has achieved extraordinary growth in many countries around the globe and impacted hundreds of organizations.

Chris has personally led many of the most noted implementations of the 4 Disciplines, including Marriott® International, Shaw Industries, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company®, The Kroger® Co., The Coca-Cola Co.®, Comcast, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Gaylord Entertainment. Also, Chris has worked with Yum Brands, Chick-Fil-A, Neighborly Brands, Loan Market, Hard Rock Cafe, Bridgestone, and Tailored Brands. This practical experience has enabled him to test and refine the principles contained in The 4 Disciplines of Execution from the boardroom to the front line of these and many other organizations.

Chris’s career with FranklinCovey began by working directly with Dr. Stephen R. Covey and has continued for more than two decades to include roles as a consultant, managing director, and general manager within the organization. Chris launched the first 4 Disciplines of Execution practice in FranklinCovey’s Southeast region, and today has seen it expand around the globe. Throughout this period of significant growth and expansion, Chris has maintained a single focus: to help organizations get results through improved execution.

Chris and his wife Constance are the proud parents of five daughters and two sons. His love of family is combined with his passion for boating, water sports, coaching, and trying to keep up with his children.

Known for his high energy and engaging message, Chris has become a highly sought-after speaker and advisor on strategy execution. Chris has presented at the largest leadership conferences in the world, including Global Leadership Summit and World Business Forum.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution message is something that fits into every theme. Every leader has a goal that they want to achieve, but how do you focus and leverage organizational behavior to accomplish your wildly important goals despite a whirlwind of competing priorities?

Watch as Chris McChesney shares the secret to where “breakthrough” lives and describes the 4 components of the 4DX system for Leaders of Leaders.

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There will always be more good ideas than there is capacity to execute.

— Chris McChesney

Speaker’s Endorsements

  • Jo Miller, Executive Director, Partner Relations at 1NService

    HANDS DOWN! Chris McChesney is one of the most dynamic, real, energetic, and thought-provoking persons we have met. Many companies within our consortium are now becoming 4DX certified because of Chris. If you are looking for a subject matter expert and high-energy speaker, who can relate to all levels in a business like I was, Chris McChesney is the right speaker for you.

  • Tim Tassopoulos, President of Chick-fil-A®

    The session Chris delivered on The 4 Disciplines of Execution was insightful, engaging, and fun. The material and the presentation will impact the results of Chick-fil-A significantly over time. Chris and the 4 Disciplines are a winning combination!

  • Russ Umphenour, Former CEO of FOCUS Brands®

    Amazing, entertaining, fun, in touch with the audience, practical advice, great take-home value…these are just a few of the words to describe him and The 4 Disciplines of Execution. He has a unique ability to deliver on the ‘how-to‘ of the strategic imperatives of execution. I would recommend Chris for any group—large or small.

  • Glenn Tuckman, Senior Vice President Operations at Interstate Hotels & Resorts

    I have now seen Chris present twice and was as captivated the second time as I was the first. He is genuine, authentic, and passionate. Chris connects immediately with his audience and takes them on a fabulous self-discovery journey. His energy is contagious and you leave with a renewed sense of purpose and a process to get you there.

  • Conrad Granito, General Manager at Coushatta Casinos

    Chris’s ability to connect with his audience and deliver the message of The 4 Disciplines of Execution is beyond amazing. The energy, passion, and fun that he delivers when he speaks make the event a ‘Do Not Miss‘ occasion. Having Chris speak to your group or organization is a memorable event that people will remember and talk about for a long time.

  • Dena Jacquay, Vice President Human Resources at Parkview Health System

    Our leaders were very engaged in Chris’s 4DX presentation for our quarterly leadership development meeting. With over 500 leaders in the room, Chris was able to capture their attention and pause the whirlwind of their day-to day activities. Chris focused their efforts on how to best execute on their goals and objectives, which were translated into actionable steps. We continue to receive positive feedback on Chris and the desire to learn more about 4DX and its daily application to their work.

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