On Your Mark, Get Set, 4Dx!!!


On Your Mark, Get Set, 4Dx for Blended Learning!!!

In the course, I am taking for Leading Organizational Change we are studying how to make a change.   I  have learned that in a change process we have to win over the hearts and minds of people.  We need to connect at the heart for a change.  The most successful cases of change studied proved that the influence came from the heart, not the mind. This idea supports why Simon Sinek argues that people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. Successful organizations and people understand this fundamental principle.  I used this principle to connect to the heart of stakeholders for the innovation I am planning in my course.

Last week I learned about the Influencer Model. The Influencer concentrates on six sources of influence that can have a significant impact on shaping behavior. We can use those influences to bring about a change.  Recently, I developed an influencer strategy to shape desired vital behaviors for our implementation plan. In this week’s module, we are studying the 4Dx model “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” which has similar components and routines as the Influencer. Identifying vital behaviors and using the six sources of influence, needs to be applied before the 4Dx model. The purpose behind the Influencer is focusing on changing behaviors to get the results we need, while the 4Dx model provides precise rules to execute our plan.  4Dx does have a component of influence, it uses the lead measures as leverage. 4Dx and the Influencer are very similar in many ways focusing on crystal clear goals or results. The theory of 4Dx is that while we have goals we would like to pursue we’re always caught up in the “whirlwind” of our daily routine, and it always takes precedence. Do you recall the last major initiative that failed or suffocated by other competing priorities?  The “whirlwind” of urgent activities required to keep the daily operation running consumed all the time and energy needed to invest in new goals.  The 4 Disciplines of execution will change all of that and execute our primary goal in the midst of a whirlwind.

Identifying the  “WIG” we  must consider if every other of operation remained the same, what is the one area where change would have the greatest impact?

The 4Dx model is a system to help  achieve the most important goals and produce breakthrough results. To install 4DX, as a team there are  5 stages of Behavior Change, these are key actions that will guide a team through the challenging process of changing behavior.


 Discipline 1

Wildly Important Goal

 Lag Measure

 Discipline 2
Act on Lead Measures
Discipline 3
Compelling Scoreboard
Discipline 4
Create a Cadence of Accountability

Stage 2: LAUNCH


Stage 5: HABITS

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McChesney, C., Covey, S., & Huling, J. (n.d.). The 4 disciplines of execution: Achieving your wildly important goals.

Public Impact. (2013). A better blend: A vision for boosting student outcomes with digital learning. Chapel Hill, NC: Author. Retrieved from http:// opportunityculture.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/A_Better_Blend_A_ Vision_for_Boosting_Student_Outcomes_with_Digital_Learning-Public_ Impact.pdf

Sinek, S. (n.d.). Tools. Retrieved August 07, 2016, from http://www.startwithwhy.com/


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