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Leadership Consulting

You recognize the transformational power of exceptional leadership, and so do we. In the face of today’s unrelenting competitive pressures, shifting market dynamics and ever-increasing customer expectations, the organizations that will be most successful are those that have the right people in the top leadership roles working effectively together, an organizational culture that is aligned with the strategic direction of the business, and a commitment to developing the leaders needed for the future.  

A premier executive search and leadership advisory firm for 60 years, we provide the insight that organizations around the world rely on to select and develop executives, set new leaders up for success, optimize team effectiveness, and evaluate and evolve their organizational cultures.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Regardless of the deal strategy or type, most mergers fail to deliver the anticipated value due to weak talent management practices, inattention to culture and organizational issues, and conflict among senior team members. Both pre- and post-merger, we partner with clients to identify potential cultural barriers that may need to be overcome, define the capabilities required for critical roles in the merged company, and provide accurate, objective assessments that help companies select, retain and integrate the right people for the business and forge a unified top team.

Organizational Culture, Talent and Strategy Alignment

A company’s culture can make or break even the most insightful strategy, but it is one lever of performance that companies can struggle to harness. Boards and management teams can help foster long-term shareholder value by deepening their understanding of culture and forging a culture that is aligned with the business strategy, especially when transformation is on the agenda. Our proprietary organizational culture framework and diagnostic tools help companies define their current culture and identify the cultural styles that support their strategic imperatives. We use these insights to design and implement a target culture, and help teams make related leadership decisions.

CEO and Senior Executive Onboarding

The earliest days for a new leader, especially the CEO, represent a critical window for establishing the tone and agenda for the rest of his or her tenure. With thoughtful planning, a new CEO can use the first 100 days to lay the groundwork for success in many important areas: putting in place the right top leadership; evaluating the culture and whether it supports business strategy; and creating a strong working partnership with the board and critical stakeholders. We offer customized support to help new CEOs and other senior executives make the most out of this critical window, with a specific focus on enhancing individual and team effectiveness, building needed expertise, and defining and shaping the organization’s culture.

Top Team Effectiveness

Organizations that cultivate and sustain high-performing senior leadership teams are more likely to outpace the competition and realize breakout success. We identify and measure the factors that have the greatest impact on the health of top leadership teams, including team styles and dynamics, and provide advice for improving team performance and alignment with the future direction of the business. We advise on areas such as team formation, role definition and structure.

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Applying deep expertise, proprietary tools and considerable experience, we provide the insight into executive experience; leadership capabilities; style and aptitudes; as well as culture and team dynamics that enable better leadership decisions at important junctures for the business.