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The 12 Week Year

Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months
Narrated by: Tom Pile
Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The guide to shortening your execution cycle down from one year to 12 weeks

Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a 12-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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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average

this basically just says 12 weeks does not equal one quarter (which seems wrong) and that you further break things dpwn into weeks... I'm sure most business people know about timeframes already. nothing new in here

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great strategy

great book on changing annual planning mindset into 12 weeks. I am looking forward to implimenting the 12 week year strategy.

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  • MRM
  • 06-01-2019

too much repitition

contents could be covered in half the time. lots of fluff and repition spoils an otherwise good book

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Practical & Insightful

My husband and I already review our goals every 3 months, which is why this book appealed to us.

This is an incredible system - they’ve really explained each step in the system and I’m excited to implement

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Great book a new way of life!!

This book has completely changed the way I look at my business. I am changing the way we do things.
thanks

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Best Audible book ive bought so far.Invaluable

Awesome.goes from strength to strength.Best audio book ive bought so far.Deserves more than 5 stars

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  • Steven
  • 27-12-2015

Not enough meat.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A person who is just starting their "journey to personal development and organizational methods."

What was most disappointing about Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington ’s story?

The subtitle of the book ("Get more done in 12 weeks...") leads you to believe that this book talks about a process you can use to get stuff done. Instead, the book is filled with anecdotes about why thinking in a 12 week cycle is better than an annual cycle. The problem I have with this is that just about anyone who buys a book called the 12 week year is probably already sold on the idea of it. What we need is HOW to implement this. Yes, the author does say things like "Establish a vision and connect it to your personal ambitions" and "set and attend a Weekly Action Meeting.." He also talks about the importance of having a "written plan." But again, if you've heard any book in the past 20 years about productivity, there's not much new here. Taken this way, It's basically saying set a goal and give yourself 12 weeks to accomplish it rather than the typical year. I will admit that if you can make this mindset ship, it can be profound. If that is the goal of this book - to just get a person to change their time horizon - then I suppose the book might accomplish this.
However, if you are like me, a person who values process and wants to see the tangible deliverables/actions needed to implement a 12 week year, then you might find this book a bit frustrating. The sellers of this book would do well to create a companion "field guide" audio book. The field guide could serve as a sort of training on how to use the "system," complete with worksheets/workbook that the reader could follow along with.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

From the school of thought that there is some good in everything: it makes a VERY STRONG case about the merits of a 12 week year.

Any additional comments?

I had no problems with the narrator (although for some reason I kept thinking of the guy on the screen in Apple's 1984 commercial...)

If you are young or just starting out in a career, then this book will be good for you as it establishes a good grounding in how to get stuff done.

If like me, you are an established professional and were sold on the concept of a 12 week the second you heard the title (it is an awesome concept), you don't really need this book. Just apply any of the personal productivity models but shorten your horizon to 12 weeks instead of a year.

Seller: PLEASE CREATE A FIELD GUIDE / COMPANION BOOK.

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  • Attila Tamas Zimler
  • 09-12-2015

Bla bla balh

Talks about a process that it is going to describe in the book in later chapter, then the book ends without containing any exact process.

A beautiful example, how to sell nothing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-2015

Felt like the book was a plug for the website

I got very little from the book. Went to the website but it seemed more like an opportunity to spend money on a workbook or coaching. the book consistently told me what a great program the 12 week year is, but all I really got out if it was: treat your time as if you don't have as much of it. You have 12 weeks instead of 12 months to meet goals. I got that idea when I read the title of the book.

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  • Cynthia
  • 17-02-2015

Intriguing and Irritating

I didn't actually read the Publisher's Summary before I bought "The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months" (2013, text; 2014, Audible) , and that's a good thing. I wouldn't have voluntarily listened to something that promises that it's the "The guide to shortening your execution cycle . . ." The only execution cycle I know is in computer programming, and the last code I wrangled with was an early 1990's version of Unix.

What "The 12 Week Year" turned out to be is a time management program based interim goals, set quarterly. The 13th week is an added, or bonus, week so the "year" works out to an even year. I almost heard gears shift when I understood the concept. I think this could work for me.

Mentally, I had to change the plan to "The 3 Month Year" because my job and goals really do not fit into a weekly schedule. Even though I'm a licensed professional, I'm in what Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington call "a reactive job." My deadlines and corresponding goals are driven by rules my employer does not control - they are set by statutes.

"The 12 Week Year" seems to be focused on sales people and sales teams with a lot more flexibility than I have. That doesn't mean I don't think I can apply the principles, I just need to adjust the author's suggestions to work at my work. The suggestions for personal improvement -,well, trying to lose 10 pounds in 12 weeks sure sounds a lot more manageable than the really daunting number that I have to drop after I successfully quit smoking a year ago, thanks to M J Ryan's "This Year I Will: How To Finally Change A Habit, Keep A Resolution, Or Make A Dream Come True" (2006).

So, now for the irritating: the authors suddenly go off on really odd, distracting and unsupported tangents. There's a woman whose supposedly making 100 home visits a month, and even more phone calls, in her counseling job while she's homeschooling her son. Right. And the word "intentionality"? It's a sociological concept describing cognition, not a touchy-feely motivational word. I ended up tuning out the dissonance, hoping I didn't miss something I could have used.

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  • Mihnea
  • 27-08-2015

I almost felt sorry for buying the book

Great content, easy to understand and follow.

However... The narrator talks you to sleep. Very poor performance. Extremely boring, no intonations and lineal. Very boring.

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  • Kim H. Young
  • 01-12-2016

Effective concepts with pragmatic details

The authors have clearly tested their concepts in the fire of modern corporate America. Based on the pragmatic details provided in the book, it's clear the authors have a great deal of experience implementing their 12-week year model. As with all books of this type, the authors sometimes retreat to platitudes, such as "learn to be positive". This is unavoidable because no single book can teach everything. The new concepts presented are of such a caliber that such skeletal guideposts are forgivable.

Regarding the performance, I found the voice talent excruciatingly slow. I like slow and plodding for fiction, but for technical and commercial information, I want it fast. Thank goodness for 1.5x speed on my player.

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  • Shavonta Green
  • 02-05-2018

Look forward to Results!

I enjoyed this book! Solid advice to follow! Wish it came with a written guide!

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  • Matthew Stinar
  • 31-08-2015

An excellent book, but hard to listen to

This book is such a powerful contributed to my long term success in life and business. I just wish the narrator want so hard to listen to. his voice and reading style would be perfectly suited to reading poetry intended to relax you or even put you to sleep. I would have gotten more out of this book the first time through with a different narrator.

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  • Kau
  • 18-11-2018

Save your time: the take-home message is in the title

Brian Moran presents a winning concept: distill the timeframe of your plans, resolutions, and goals that usually span 365 days into a more tangible 84 days. Such a mentality works on multiple levels including the sustenance of hard deadlines, the ease of keeping up required levels of motivation, and ultimately, the tendency for more sober yet achievable expectations.

Such a concept, full of potential, you’d think, would make an intriguing book on productivity. It partly does, but unfortunately, the book misses the mark most of the time.

I first heard of the concept of the twelve-week year on the Asian Efficiency podcast. Intrigued, I decided to try it out from August till November. I am an academic, and shifting the timeframe of my expectations to twelve weeks proved to be highly effective. My goals were more realistic and hence the outcomes were also quite successful. I also follow a modified system of GTD and try to adhere to Newport’s Deep Work philosophies. Moran’s idea provides a strong complementary workflow idea to these systems.

In this book though, the twelve-week-year is provided and introduced as an overall system, with weekly reviews, process control, lead/lag indicators etc. For readers familiar with GTD and deep work, these concepts are not novel and feel rehashed. For readers to whom these ideas are new, they are not presented or introduced in a sequential, digestible manner and instead, feel strung together atop the twelve-week-year as an afterthought. Examples and case studies of the successes and failures of the system are not adequately or convincingly provided. Furthermore, there is a bizarrely stringent tone of “anti-victim mentality” throughout the book whenever the author purports to provide (so-called) advice. While there might be some truth to not blaming circumstances and while “owning your actions” is solid advice, the harsh push to not frame yourself as a victim coupled with overt snippets of Christian proselytizing (“Listen to Him”) really rubbed me the wrong way. The bottom line is that the twelve-week-year is a great concept which you should try to implement in your workflow. The book, however, falls short on many levels. Lastly, the audiobook narrator is ill-suited for the material, reading the contents far too dramatically and seriously in his “I am Batman” rasp.

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  • Robert D. Smith
  • 02-10-2018

No idea how this got such a high star rating

The title gives you about as much information as the entire book. To say more is a waste of even more time. Look elsewhere.

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  • Harry Twain
  • 25-05-2016

on chapter 14...

chapter 14 and still hearing how good the 12weekyear is without the how to implement

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  • Alex Mcg
  • 06-12-2017

dire

un original concepts loosely drawn together. re-defines what 'accountability' is to try and differentiate but is just semantics and airy fairy vagueness

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-02-2017

Waste of time

Had I not have already listened to 4 hour working week this would have been great. Sadly this teaches nothing new and is delivered by such a dull monotonous voice artist as to make it unlistenable.

Gave up approx a quarter of the way through

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  • demanda
  • 05-04-2017

Repetitive and dull

Remove all the repetition and the recording would be less than an hour.

I persevered to half way and still none the wiser.

Summarised as:
Have goals written down
Set targets for each day/week
Go!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-2017

Waste of money

I bought this book after reading all the five star reviews but this book is just trying to brain wash you by repeating the 12 week year. The book is composed of that frame more than anything else.

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  • Adrian Mansfield
  • 18-11-2016

There are better options & doesn't work on Audible

Got this book as I read reviews and the ideas seemed interesting, in truth a) you need to be reading the book to really deal with the concepts so the "book" simply doesn't work in Audible format and b) the ideas are better covered elsewhere.

The goal is to break down your targets into smaller goals and work those to get to the end goal, which in theory is a great concept but the book seems more focused on corporate world in the US than the rest of us so many of the concepts were lost.

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  • Chris Palmer
  • 20-01-2017

A lot of waffling around a good solution

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The guy needs to be more specific. The book could have been condensed and made shorter. The principle of what he is talking about are worth listening too.

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  • CJ Sohal
  • 03-01-2017

Great content, shame about the delivery.

A book like this comes with big promises. A change in your thinking which can change your life if you let it.

I love how the author makes having a 12 week year sound relatively easy. There are plenty of tools to use as you adapt to this new way of thinking.

I would recommend the print version though as the narrator had a soft and sultry voice - perfect to fall asleep to. Not perfect for an early morning commute. Did find myself drifting off a few times so will probably have a listen after a lethal dose of caffeine.

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  • David Norrie
  • 12-04-2017

Good intentions

Lots of good intentions, not much in the way of data. Reads like a self help book. Meh.

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  • D
  • 26-09-2017

A potential game changer

Ok so the book has smatterings of work from other authors such as Covey, but for me that’s a good thing.

This book makes sense and the premise is a relatively simple one that, if followed is bound to increase productivity and set you aside from others. But that’s the rub... if followed..

You will have to put into practice the advice of the author. Personally I am going to implement this and see what impact it has. If I can I will update the review in a few months.

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