Strategic Execution: Achieving Breakthrough Performance

Darden School of Business

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Darden School of Business


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This program is ideal for senior-level leaders (VP and above) charged with creating strategy and/or driving strategy execution at their organization. Teams are encouraged to attend together to get the most out of the workshop experience

About the course

Discover and implement an integrated framework for effective strategy execution to achieve breakthrough performance across your organization.

Top CEOs know that strategy alone does not create high performing firms. Their firm’s ability to execute that strategy does. In hypercompetitive industries, effective strategy execution is the main driver of breakthrough financial performance. But many firms struggle to achieve the excellence in execution they need.

This 4-day program offers a deep dive into the key drivers of successful execution – Alignment, Architecture, Ability and Agility – and delivers a proven framework for achieving breakthrough performance

In a VUCA environment, your strategic plan is likely to be obsolete before you meet your goals. Real-world strategy execution is complex because plans ultimately change, making it absolutely critical to develop strong capabilities that drive value and performance. This program offers frameworks, assessments and tools for creating the organizational capabilities necessary for breakthrough strategic execution, and addresses the importance of agility as an organizational capability that allows firms to maintain alignment in their strategy, no matter where the target moves.

A key component of this program is learning and practicing with the 4A Framework through workshops, case discussions and simulations to improve their organization's:


  • Creating a top team that is focused on purpose and strategic intent.
  • Building that alignment throughout the organization, with shared purpose and mutual accountability.
  • Developing a metrics model that grounds strategy in operational imperatives.


  • Creating an organization operating model, and core capabilities, that deliver distinctive value to customers.
  • Clarifying and improving the combination of people, processes, and systems that generate capabilities.
  • Overcoming bureaucratic hurdles and barriers to performance.


  • Creating a high performance culture that energizes breakthrough productivity and innovation.
  • Building a talent pipeline and leadership bench that propel the organization.
  • Generating better collaboration within the enterprise and with other firms.


  • Developing situational awareness of peripheral events, and deep understanding of customer needs
  • Lowering the center of gravity for decision making to empower employee experimentation and rapid learning.
  • Developing capacity for dynamic resourcing to reallocate people, finances, and information to accelerate change.

Impact & Outcomes

As a result of completing this program, participants will be able to —

  • Frame your organization’s approach to strategy execution, and begin to flesh out a plan for action.
  • Attract, develop and deploy the best talent, raise skill levels, and make sure that the types of knowledge, skills and abilities are appropriate for the team and organizational objectives.
  • Understand the elements of collaboration that create mutual understanding, knowledge-sharing and engender trust and reciprocity.
  • Understand organizational architecture and how it can propel the organization forward (or hold it back).
  • Streamline your organization's architecture, simplifying structures, improving processes, as well as clarifying roles, responsibilities, decision rights and authority.
  • Develop organizational agility to build deep insights into customer needs and broader peripheral vision of what's happening in the marketplace and external environment.
  • Build situational awareness in your organization by empowering others to help surface potential opportunities and leverage the collective wisdom of those around you.

For those in positions to make a difference, this workshop-based program provides a set of invaluable tools for translating strategy into the realities of your day-to-day business performance.


Rajkumar Venkatesan

Education:  B.E., Computer Science, University of Madras, India; Ph.D., Marketing, University of Houston   Professor of Business Administration Rajkumar Venkatesan teaches Marketing Technology Products, Marketing Strategy, and Marketing Analytics at Darden. Venkatesan''s research focuses on ana...

Scott Snell

Education: B.A., Miami University; MBA, Ph.D., Michigan State University Scott Snell is a professor of business administration at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business. He teaches courses in Leadership, Developing Organizational Capability, and Human Capital Consulting....

Raul Chao

Education: B.S., Johns Hopkins University; MBA, MS, University of Miami; Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology Raul Chao is a Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business, where he teaches operations management, innovation and new product development courses. Raul's res...

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