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Strategic Execution
Driving Breakthrough Performance in Business
Kenneth J. Carrig and Scott A. Snell


September 2019
240 pages.

Cloth ISBN: 9781503603592

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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, Inc, Ken now serves as an advisor to CEOs. SunTrust market cap grew from $14BN to $22BN during this 5-year term. In June 2011, Carrig held leadership positions with Sysco, Comcast, Continental Airlines, and PepsiCo. A member of National Academy of HR Fellows since 2004, in 2010, he was named the Academy of Management Distinguished Human Resources Executive. In 2006, Carrig co-authored the book Building Profit through Building People (SHRM), 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 teaches courses in strategic management and consults internationally with senior executives to help their companies align strategy, capability, and investments in talent. His research has been published in a number of top journals and he is listed among the top 100 most-cited authors in scholarly journals of management. 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).