CEOs regularly identify strategic execution as their biggest challenge, and the top priority facing today's business leaders. Based on their research with senior executives across a variety of industries—and including firms like Marriott, Microsoft, SunTrust, UPS, and Vail Resorts—Kenneth J. Carrig and Scott A. Snell have distilled the elements that are most critical for execution. This book addresses the challenges of execution, why it matters, and why the approach remains elusive. It introduces an integrated framework for understanding four priorities underlying execution excellence. Ultimately, it all comes down to alignment, agility, ability, and architecture. The authors lay out a process for applying the framework, helping business leaders to diagnose their challenges and to determine their path toward breakthrough performance.
About the authors
Kenneth J. Carrig is former Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for SunTrust Banks. He now serves as an advisor to CEOs. He has been a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources since 2004. Carrig is co-author of Building Profit through Building People (SHRM, 2008), the proceeds of which benefit Share Our Strength, an organization dedicated to fighting childhood hunger.
Scott A. Snell is Professor of Business Administration and former Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business. He is co-author of several books, notably Management: Leading and Collaborating in a Competitive World, 12th Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2016) and Managing Human Resources, 18th Edition (Cengage, 2018).
"Ken Carrig and Scott Snell provide a framework that can be applied in any setting and draw on real-life examples to detail the elements of successful execution."
—Arne N. Sorenson, President & CEO, and David A. Rodriguez, Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Marriott International
"Carrig and Snell have identified the most critical approaches to building truly great organizations. This is a must-read for anyone wanting to know what best-in-class leadership should look like today."
—Rob Katz, CEO, Vail Resorts
"Carrig and Snell provide a concise cross-section of business experiences against the backdrop of their 4A framework to create a thought-provoking blueprint for excellence in execution."
—William H. Rogers, CEO, SunTrust Banks
"Strategic Execution distills decades of leadership experience into an actionable guide for companies, teams, and managers. If you want your company—or your team—to move faster, this is the book for you."
—Laszlo Bock, CEO of Humu, author of Work Rules!, and former Chief People Officer, Google
"Strategic Execution offers an update to the classic book Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan, addressing the same enduring challenges but with solutions designed for the Information Age."
—Laurie Siegel, Senior Advisor, G100 Network, and former Chief Human Resources Officer, Tyco International
"My mission is to help successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior. This book can help both individuals and teams achieve this mission!"
—Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won't Get You There