Leadership & Strategy

Leadership & Strategy

Leadership is at the heart of our business and yours

People are the greatest competitive

advantage companies can possess

Leadership has the single greatest impact on

the performance and success of people

Leadership & Strategy

Organizational agility is a core differentiator in

today’s rapidly changing business environment

Agile organizations generate 37% more

revenue growth with 30% greater profitability

Agility comes from aligning compelling strategic intent with

focused imperatives and organizational practices

Plan

Leadership strategy is not only a subset of your overall commercial strategy, it is its lifeblood.  We work with you to identify the critical leadership roles necessary for success, assess those competencies necessary by level, establish both a bench and pipeline of leadership talent to feed into these,  and create succession plans to ensure the turbulence of unexpected losses are minimized.

Teams

The impact of the leadership team goes significantly beyond the ability of any one leader’s influence – in both potentially positive and negative directions.  We work with your leadership team to harness the synergy (and process gain) that can come from a high performing team.  We do this by examining the composition and characteristics of the team, identifying strengths and blindspots, aligning team members with overall strategic intent, creating strong team rules of engagement, building trust and managing conflict for performance improvement.

Awareness

Self and team awareness sits at the heart of both leader effectiveness and leadership development.  This awareness is not only based on the leader’s ability to assess leader impact on outcomes and the leaders’ areas for development – it also must be in the context of a solid understanding of an appropriate leadership framework.  Drawing upon our strong Industrial-Organizational Psychology background, we use the most robust psychometric diagnostic tools in personality, values, beliefs and attitudes to assist leaders and leadership teams build this awareness.  Further to this, we also design and deploy company specific multi-source feedback tools to best match leader development with strategic direction.

Development

One of the best investments companies will ever make is in the development of their leaders.  We work with your company to identify and harness your internal engines for leadership development; multi-source feedback, mentorship, coaching, action learning, networks and job rotation.  We also develop and deliver targeted leadership development for both individuals and cohorts.  These range from short executive education style workshops, to executive coaching to real world company project based development, to competency focused expansion of behavioral repertoire.

Execution

Strategy provides focus, as well as aligned allocation of effort and resources.  We take your industry expertise & commercial strategy and help you create the space where your people are wildly successful.  The best strategies are built around a singular intent, driven by a small number of imperatives and simple enough to create organizational agility. The modern competitive landscape is typified by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.  A simple strategy capable of adaptive execution will serve far better under these conditions.

Change

The truly agile organization must be change ready.  Too much reactive and poorly thought out change, can create both cynicism and change fatigue.  We work with your company to minimize the shock / intensity of change, anchor it with those foundational elements of your business and use it to build momentum for growth.  Building tuning and adaptation into your organizational rhythm will prepare your workforce for the unexpected shifts that may occur in a volatile marketplace.

Culture

It’s said that culture eats strategy for breakfast.  This coupled with the fact that culture exists at many levels in organizations suggests that culture should be deliberately managed, particularly at the ground level (micro-culture).  We work with your leadership to understand how they best can embed and reinforce the right culture – reinforcing workforce values, beliefs and attitudes as drivers for behaviors that are critical to your strategy.  We work with you to assess, diagnose and build cultural change plans to move your culture from its current to its ideal state.

Alignment

Any shift in strategy can create legacy elements (orphans) of previous approaches that are misaligned with your current direction.  We work with you to assess your key and critical processes (such as funding, decision making, incentive programs, project hand-off, customer service…) to ensure they are smooth, elegant, and aligned with your strategy.  We also work with you to ensure your leadership is aligned with your strategy, both horizontally (reducing silos) and vertically (cascading).

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Intent is the flag you plant in the future, the direction and destination you want for you team.

It should answer “in order to…”

It is a message to your workforce to give them direction and understanding of your strategic outcomes and what they are designed to achieve.

It should be able to stand alone.

For your most gifted workers (resourced sufficiently), they should be successful even if given nothing else.

We start with intent because that drives everything else.

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The best strategies are simple and adaptable.  No strategy is ever perfectly enacted because the world is not perfectly knowable.  Before you develop your strategy, identify your strategic imperatives.  These drive every else that follows.

Use broad brush strokes, too many priorities equal none.  Pick 2 or 3 that must be achieved to reach your intent.  Your people shouldn’t have to refer to a document to know if what they are doing leads to a critical outcome.  Help them draw the line between what they are doing and ultimate success.

Be open to opportunistic adaptations to help you better, faster, more efficiently reach your intent.  Maintain broad and current situational awareness as your strategy unfolds.

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Talent goes well beyond the mechanics of organizational design, role requirements and workforce capabilities.  It should flow from your strategy.  What are the non-redundant, mission critical roles to achieve success?

Do you have your best players with the right talents in these positions?  Is decision making authority delegated to the right level to maximize effectiveness, efficiency and employee engagement?

Are your lines of communication joined up across your structure to both provide you with the situational awareness needed for significant shift and adaptation, and to your key roles as they make decisions in pursuit of the strategy?

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Culture exists on many levels in large organizations.  Broad corporate culture provides the boundaries for our operations (indeed – our organizational identity), while micro-cultures provide predictable, sustainable performance – notably in the absence of direct supervision.

What are the values, beliefs and attitudes that your work force needs to possess to drive the behaviors critical to your strategy?

What are you doing to embed & reinforce these core beliefs?

How do you recruit, induct, develop, promote, retain, retire or excommunicate based on these?

As with strategy – simple is better, less is more.

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The hardest part of this process is to ensure that your day to day practices are aligned with every other element you have developed.

Is your LTIP correctly incentivizing your critical contributors?

Are your metrics measuring your workforce’s requirement to perform?

Are your key and critical processes (e.g. funding, decision making, project handoff, customer service…) smooth, elegant and straightforward?

Where can you better automate, routinize, delegate?

We also provide both customized and tailored leadership & strategy workshops, seminars and key-note addresses to stimulate thought and develop skills.  the following are examples of these:

  • Workshops
    • High Performance Teams
    • Implementing Strategy
    • Politics and Control in Organizations
    • Thinking Strategically
    • The Leader as Coach
    • Building Organizational Culture
    • Crafting Vision, Mission and Values
    • Influence and Motivation
    • Using Data to Make Effective Decisions
    • Strategic Decision Making
    • Leadership specialization programs (Manufacturing, Project execution, Finance, R&D)
  • Seminars
    • Strategic Leadership Transition Program
    • Essentials of Leadership
    • Emerging Leaders Program
    • Leading Change
    • Advanced Leadership Program (Executive Transitions)
    • Leadership Levels and Leader Development
    • Business Ethics and conflict resolution
    • Cross Cultural Topics in Leadership (Management, Negotiations, M&A)
  • Keynotes
    • PT Boats and Battleships; Organizational agility and strategic capabilities
    • An Argument Against the Darwinian Approach to Leader Development
    • Organizational Engines for Leader Development; Maximizing our Talent Pipeline
    • The HR Leader as Change Agent
    • What Can Leaders Learn from Smoke-Jumpers?
    • Commander’s intent and the OODA loop; Leveraging Initiative, Alignment and Team Dynamics
    • The Journey of a Thousand Miles…. Begins Beneath Your Feet, The Leader’s View of Implementing Strategy
    • Thinking Strategically; Enabling an Agile Organization in the VUCA Business World
    • The Differentiated Workforce as the Critical Competitive Advantage in the Energy Industry
    • Leadership Under Fire; A short talk about leadership during crisis