The 4 Disciplines of Execution
Installing 4DX What to Expect
1. Focus on the Wildly Important Goals
One clear goal of being a teacher in an early college is the
expectation for each student to achieve 60 hours of college
credit before graduating. With this mindset and realistic
expectation, I believe implementing a new goal can be
achievable even with the whirlwind of our day to day
As we begin the start of a new year and focus on creating
inﬂuential assignments, this is also a perfect time to sit
down as a team and discuss our “widely important
In order to make the ﬁnish line as clear as possible, my
team and I need to follow the formula stated in
The 4 Disciplines of Execution:
From (X) to (Y) by When
In our team meeting, I plan on delivering a new WIG
which is clear and focused enough so my team can easily
implement without much push back. Now, I know I
struggle with narrowing down my focus so I will need
time to brainstorm with my leadership team and get some
other perspectives before the game can begin.
We need to keep in mind that our WIG is “so
fundamental to the heart” of our school culture and
mission (McChesney, Covey, & Huling, 2012).
We will increase student ownership by 75% by
providing outside resources and opportunities to
build career readiness skills by the end of their
So, how can I make this all happen?
Next, I will discuss Lag and Lead measures, creating a
scoreboard and accountability for everyone on board.
When we cross the ﬁnish line, we need a clear path that
proves we’ve won the game!
Which brings me to the Lag
Measure. At this time, I am
only focusing on one until
my team meets. Our Lag
Measure gives the clear ﬁnish
line to our WIG. It also
measures the success of our
goal, the WIG. The measure
is something we have to
achieve and is affected by the
Lead Measures we take.
In order for our student population to acquire
career ready skills with relevant examples to be
included in their ePortfolios, 100% of teachers will
assign at least one real-world project, each
Now, I know I am shooting for the moon here, once I
collaborate with my team I may need to make a few
adjustments. I am hopeful this goal can be attainable.
Students who attend our early college high school are
hand picked. There is a clear expectation of higher
achievement and preparation for college. Exposure to real
world experiences is the key to building student
ownership reﬂected in their ePortfolios, before they
graduate and enter college or the workplace.
As mentioned before, Lag Measures are inﬂuenced by
the Lead Measures. Although many people focus on the
Lag, the end result, the Lead is what drives the success
of the intended outcome. The Lead Measures need to be
inﬂuenceable and predictive. We need to keep in mind
these also need to be measurable tasks.
Lead Measures can be the most difﬁcult part of 4DX.
These measures can be hard to track and may look
simple, but can be hard to achieve since most people
focus on the Lag Measure.
Add real-world project name and link to Team Google
Drive, including detailed description and links, monthly
Add completed student projects to student Google Drive
after each project
Post real-world assignments to the Echo Community
once a semester to continue inﬂuencing other teachers
Reach out to members of the community to establish
relationships resulting in at least 5 new contacts a semester
The listed Lead Measures are necessary to achieve our Lag
Measure. I included measures that not only are obvious,
but ones that will keep the team motivated.
Once everyone is on board with the plan and start to see
the support from the administration level, I am hopeful
they will begin to make small changes in their daily
whirlwind. In our weekly meetings, we may need to revisit
our measures and make additional adjustments.
By taking these small steps to accomplish the Lead
Measures, our goal will be successfully completed by the
end of the year.
Next, as a team we will create a scoreboard charting our
engagement and commitment to the WIG. I believe the
school will start seeing visible results once
implemented. This will be a good time to add in
additional training and make adjustments as we see ﬁt.
“We must all suffer from one of
two pains: the pain of discipline
or the pain of regret.” - Jim Rohn
3. Create a Compelling Scoreboard
It’s all about winning, right? I’ve heard it time and time
again, people play different when keeping score. The
scoreboard will allow every team member to see their
efforts in completing the WIG. The scoreboard should be
a motivating visual to help see the process of achieving
On the next slide is an idea I will bring to the table in
our team meeting, but I think the team will take more
ownership if they are part of this process. In a game
there are winners and losers, so this can get a little
Keeping it REAL
On the Scoreboard, the teachers will be placed on
department teams. By working together, ﬁnding and
creating real-world assignments should be a little easier.
The teams will update the chart weekly. I would also like
to add the name of the projects. If I create a digital
scoreboard, teams will be able to add hyperlinks to the
detailed assignments with objectives.
On the right, teams can place logos or names of outside
partnership created through assigning their projects. This
would be a cool visual to keep optimism high.
At this stage in the game, hopefully at the end of the ﬁrst
semester, my team should be taking on their own
initiatives to create outside opportunities for their
students, celebrate each other successes and recognize the
potential in the WIG.
In this stage is where we see behavior change. This
would take an entire year to fully come to fruition. This
will be where we see all the hard work pay off and the
4DX becomes habitual.
In order to keep everyone on track and make sure the
measures are being implemented, we all must be held
accountable for the work we are doing. Even in the
whirlwind, we can create a space of time, preferably no
longer than 20 minutes to discuss our process, the high
and low points.
By sharing our weekly agendas, updating the shared
spreadsheet with our assignments and studying the
scoreboard, we can move on to make any necessary
adjustments for the following week.
When we all take the time to invest in each other and one
common goal, I am hopeful to see our goal achieved and
another one added on within the ﬁrst year.
I would expect at this level, another WIG can be
established with less resistance. We will see the potential
of a focused executed plan. This should be the rewarding
stage, the scoreboard should be complete and the team
should feel accomplished.
▪ Grenny, J., Patterson, K., Maxﬁeld, D., McMillan, R., & Switzler, A. (2013). Inﬂuencer:
The new science of leading change: 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
▪ McChesney, C., Covey, S., & Huling, J. (2012). The 4 disciplines of execution:
Achieving your wildly important goals. New York, NY: Free Press.
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