Professional Course

Strategic Execution: Achieving Breakthrough Performance

University of Virginia Darden, In Washington D.C.
4 days
7,900 USD
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7,900 USD
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Course description

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.

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  • Washington D.C.

Who should attend?

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

Training content

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.

Certification / Credits

The Strategic Execution program counts as one credit toward a Darden Certificate in Management. Complete this program and earn three additional credits for a total of four credits within a four-year period to earn your certificate.

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