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The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months

Book Description

The guide to shortening your execution cycle down from one year to twelve weeks

Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a twelve-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your "year" to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn't enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. In the end more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound.

  • Explains how to leverage the power of a 12 week year to drive improved results in any area of your life

  • Offers a how-to book for both individuals and organizations seeking to improve their execution effectiveness

  • Authors are leading experts on execution and implementation

Turn your organization's idea of a year on its head, and speed your journey to success.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Chapter 1: The Challenge
  6. Part I: Things You Think You Know
    1. Chapter 2: Redefining the Year
      1. Discard Annualized Thinking
      2. Great Things Happen at Year-End
      3. Periodization
      4. 12 Weeks Equals a Year
    2. Chapter 3: The Emotional Connection
      1. Your Brain and Vision
    3. Chapter 4: Throw Out the Annual Plan
      1. 12 Week Planning
      2. Setting Goals
    4. Chapter 5: One Week at a Time
      1. The Weekly Plan
    5. Chapter 6: Confronting the Truth
      1. Measuring Results
      2. Weekly Scorecard
    6. Chapter 7: Intentionality
      1. The Importance of Yes and No
      2. Blocking Your Time
    7. Chapter 8: Accountability as Ownership
    8. Chapter 9: Interest versus Commitment
    9. Chapter 10: Greatness in the Moment
      1. Performing in the Moment
    10. Chapter 11: Intentional Imbalance
  7. Part II: Putting It All Together
    1. Chapter 12: The Execution System
      1. Three Principles
      2. Five Disciplines
      3. The Emotional Cycle of Change
      4. Closed System
    2. Chapter 13: Establish Your Vision
      1. Impossible, Possible, Probable, Given
      2. Crafting Your Vision
      3. Thinking Shift
      4. Team Application
      5. Team Visions
      6. Common Pitfalls and Success Tips
    3. Chapter 14: Develop Your 12 Week Plan
      1. Planning Is Beneficial
      2. Game Changer
      3. A Good Plan Fosters Solid Execution
      4. Long-Term Capacity versus Short-Term Results
      5. Effective Plan Structure
      6. Establish Your 12 Week Goals
      7. Writing Your 12 Week Plan
      8. Thinking Shift
      9. Team Application
      10. Common Pitfalls and Success Tips
    4. Chapter 15: Installing Process Control
      1. Making Sure Things Get Done
      2. Weekly Plans
      3. Don’t Go It Alone
      4. The Weekly Routine
      5. Thinking Shift
      6. Team Application
      7. Common Pitfalls
    5. Chapter 16: Keeping Score
      1. Thinking Shift
      2. Team Application
      3. Common Pitfalls and Success Tips
    6. Chapter 17: Take Back Control of Your Day
      1. Performance Time
      2. Model Work Week
      3. Thinking Shift
      4. Team Application
      5. Common Pitfalls and Success Tips
    7. Chapter 18: Taking Ownership
      1. Actions to Create Greater Accountability in Your Life
      2. Thinking Shift
      3. Team Application
      4. Common Pitfalls and Success Tips
    8. Chapter 19: 12 Week Commitments
      1. The Power of Commitments
      2. Personal Commitments
      3. Commitments to Others
      4. Thinking Shift
      5. Team Application
      6. Common Pitfalls and Success Tips
    9. Chapter 20: Your First 12 Weeks
      1. Resistance Monsters
      2. The Need for Immediate Gratification
      3. Big Change and Multiple Goals
      4. Old Habits
      5. Victim Thinking
      6. Your First 12 Weeks
      7. Your First Four Weeks
      8. Your Second Four Weeks
      9. Your Last Four Weeks (and the Secret of the 13th Week)
      10. Success Tips
      11. Team Application
      12. After-Action Review
    10. Chapter 21: Final Thoughts and the 13th Week
  8. References