Execution, or follow-through, is part of the business vernacular, and the concept has long been recognized as a key to leadership success. Every world-class CEO will speak at length about the need to not only conceptualize and formulate strategy but to see initiatives through to completion. Although the critical need for execution is universally accepted, the nuts and bolts of what makes some individuals dramatically more effective at this activity than others has been poorly understood.

A conversation about leadership with Jack Welch is punctuated with comments stressing the primary role of execution.

“Big-shot leaders that I’ve seen fail are CEOs that express a strategy and think of it ...

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