To understand execution, you have to keep three key points in mind:
1. Execution is a discipline, and integral to strategy.
2. Execution is the major job of the leader.
3. Execution must be a core element of an organization's culture.
Execution is a systematic process of rigorously discussing hows and whats, questioning, tenaciously following through, and ensuring accountability.
The heart of execution lies in the three core processes:
1. The people process
2. The strategy process
3. The operations process
You need robust dialogue to surface the realities of the business. You need accountability for results. You need follow-through to ensure the plans are on track.