I am an experienced organizational transformation leader, managing change programs and projects across marketing, commercial, data and analytics, organizational design, and route-to-market.
Peter Drucker is credited with saying that organizational culture eats strategy for breakfast. Data supports this strong assertion, with at least 70% of strategic change initiatives failing. The most common reason is failure to account for the need to alter the cultural model and settings to align to the new strategic direction. I have successfully led organizational change and cultural alignment at four organizations and teach this area at a top ranked U.S. university, in a program for “leaders of the leaders.”
Leadership and management as two distinct categories is an oxymoron. Even C-suite executives have direct reports. For the successful scaffolding of teams across an organization team development, cohesion, and alignment must be looked at as on interconnected system. From self-awareness at the individual level, to recognizing team strengths and weaknesses, to ensuring the teams are a place of trust and psychologically safe, I have a track record of successful realignment and building of successful teams. Often, organizations embark on strategic plans without first ensuring that there are strong, and connected teams, in place to sustain the organizational change that comes from strategic planning and change.
I have overseen the creation, and stabilization, of programs at a global level that were experiencing 400% growth annually. Additionally, I have overseen the maintaining as well as improving of organizational outcomes of entities where I had direct responsibility for 25 locations globally, with more than 50 additional partners. From legal negotiation, employees and stakeholders in multiple cultures, risk management and execution, to budget alignment to growth and expenditures I have decades experience managing, and expanding, programs at a global level.
Strategic planning is as much saying where an organization will go, as it is saying where an organization and more importantly the leadership will not focus. Successful strategic planning is a holistic process that should encompass more than setting of KPIs for the next 3-5 years. It should include discussions, and setting of, the organizations mission, vision, and aspirations. Creation, or realignment of, core values that align to the mission and strategic plan. A gap analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats both within and external to the organization. Setting of objectives, strategies, and operational tactics; and agreement of what if any other objectives would trigger a deviation from the plan. Then, setting of measures that assess and evaluate both the KIPS as well as the organizational culture and alignment to drive it to success. Having been parts of organizations that failed, and others that succeeded at, strategic planning I bring a holistic skill set for success in this critical field.
I have project management experience, both with the tools and soft skills of organizing and managing a project or broader program. Projects have involved bringing new products or services to market, internal organizational changes and partnerships with outside parties.
I have a techno-commercial expertise and have a proven success in leading transformation projects across industries involving strategy, design, operations, strategic sourcing, RFP, contract & risk management, innovative commercial modeling, cost reduction, performance improvement, and organizational effectiveness.
Experience with small business scaling and the transition from individual to multiple employees. With knowledge of franchise and private group growth models from past careers, I have scaled various organizations. I also have right sized organizations and have a solid understanding of the pitfalls that many groups succumb too. Understanding how to navigate these early challenges is crucial to sustainability and long term growth.
I am a Columbia certified executive coach (ACI), with over 15 years and 12000 hrs of international coaching practice. I bring to the table insights informed from laser focused and evidence based coaching for senior leaders of Multi-national and large organizations across geographies and cultures. Laser focused coaching for middle and senior leaders/managers focuses on taking up significant business challenges with their teams and move towards "Beyond ordinary" creativity and innovation. I leverage leading edge tools and 3 models to create "Beyonder" © individuals and organizations. Professional assessments: Internationally certified Saville wave performance (Wills Towers Watson) and International practitioner of Neethling brain instruments (NBI) Assessments: Neethling brain instruments
As a leadership coach, I find it exciting to empower leaders and startup founders, help them discover the team strengths and achieve their business goals leading in healthy and positive environment. I'm also a professional mediator, focusing on alternative dispute resolutions, improving negotiation skills and driving a culture of collaboration.
In my 25+ years of executive leadership experience, I've focused on working with companies from startup to $100M+ with hockey stick growth patterns, helping them to create the infrastructure necessary to support fast growth. Every company reaches a plateau where strategy needs to change to move to the next level. I can help you identify where your company is in this pattern and the strategic changes that will move you to the next level.
Process Improvement strategist; I have helped businesses of all sizes grow substantially in sales and profits while keeping costs low. I build high-performance teams and execute strategic assessments coupled with executive advisory services. Clients recognize that I listen to them and solve their problems. I never try to force them into a platform or direction against their will and I work well with their teams to identify solutions that are cost-effective and timely. I have held the positions of CFO, CIO, Executive Consultant, Controller, General Manager and Director of Business Development with various companies and I thrive on learning and growing.