Executing Change with the 4DX Modal

Revisiting our Why!

We know why we are here and the changes we want to make in this world. Using the framework of the 4 Disciplines of Execution, our charge is to develop our action plan.

The Disciplines Are:

  1. Focusing on the wildly important goal.
  2. Acting on the lead measures.
  3. Keeping a compelling scoreboard.
  4. Creating a cadence of accountability.

This strategy will build of the collective input of all of us so that we may have complete ownership and accountability in this process as advance towards our goals.

Riding The Whirlwind!

What is 4DX?

Book Summary - The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly  Important Goals

#1 Focus on the Wildly Important

This goal will help us help us become more rigorous while increasing student engagement, differentiated learning and skills adaption. A precursor for our Wildly Important Goal could be: Increase our Programming and Computational Thinking strategies in the current curriculum from 0 to potentially 2-3 times monthly by May 2022.

#2 Act on Lead Measures

There are two ways we will measure progress:

Lag Measures and Lead Measures.  

Lead Measure

Lag Measures are historical measures of some sort of performance. They’re easy to measure, but hard to influence. Our Lead measures will be developed by our team.  These measure are also predictive of whether or not we will fulfill our WIG.

Using Lag Measures without Lead Measures is dangerous.

Lead Measures are the highest leverage actions or activities that can accomplish goals. Our Lag measure will track the goal, but the Lead measures will be predictable and influenceable measures that lead to the WIG. While Lead Measures can influence the chance of success in achieving your goal. In some cases, they can even be predictive of success.

These foundational measures can be changed based on our future planning.

#3 Keep a Compelling Scoreboard

4DX: Scoreboard - Tomek's blog

Achieving our goal is how we win! But how will we know we’ve won without keeping score. Designing a scoreboard is how we maintain accountability for our goal. The scoreboard will enable everyone to see our collective progress and give each other accountability towards the longterm goal. As a team, the teacher leaders working toward the goals success will help design the scoreboard to best track our Lead and Lag Measures and our overall progress

A key feature of the scoreboard must be its simplicity (easy to read), visibility (where to display our board), design and comprehension in determining whether or not we are winning.

#4 Create a Cadence of Accountability

The first three disciplines set up the game, but until you apply Discipline 4, your team isn’t in the game. (Covey et al., 2012, p. 13)

The final step is always an important component to any plan. We will meet weekly to update the scoreboard and accountability sessions to discuss each other progress. In these sessions we will discuss the WIG, growth concerns and areas in which we can support each other. In this meeting we will also showcase some of the prototypes and their current development as well programming success stories in the classroom. At the end of the meeting, we would have developed our own goals to implement for the following week. With those goals, we will further empathize accountability and growth as we continue working towards the success of our WIG.

The 5 Stages of Change

Creating lasting change will always coming with challenges. There is no set method but only the desire to change that can create it.

We will implement the 5 Stages of Change in conjunction with the 4 Disciplines of Execution as we march through the goal of creating lasting change.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution + The 5 Stages of Change

The two models will complement each other to make lasting change happen and eventually lead to a uniform process for years to come. The Influencer Model creates the plan, and 4DX makes the plan possible. Both strategies are designed to increase motivation and morale in participants, use measurable goals to determine success, and focus on a small number of factors that will lead to success.

Using the 6 Sources of Influence with the 4 Disciplines of Execution will result in successful behavior change. Once we have reached our goal, we will work together to create a new WIG and 4DX strategy, and accountability will become a part of our culture. Thereby, creating long term change within our environment.


Covey, S., McChesney, C., & Huling, J. (2012). The 4 disciplines of execution: Achieving your wildly important goals. Simon and Schuster.

FranklinCovey. (2012a, March 9). Goal setting [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbUy290KbTA&t=1s

FranklinCovey. (2012b, April 19). Executive overview of The 4 Disciplines of Execution [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZR2Ixm0QQE&t=1s