Ricardo Sunderland Practice Group Leader, San Francisco
We can help you halve the time usually required for new executives to reach full effectiveness, while also building a solid foundation for long-term success.
For newly appointed senior executives, the first few weeks and months in the role are critical. They must quickly understand the organization’s culture, set the right priorities, and establish credibility with colleagues and stakeholders. The faster they do this, the more likely they are to deliver the maximum impact in their first year – and stay with the organization for the longer term.
Yet given the sheer quantity of information to absorb, making a seamless start in a new role can be challenging even for the strongest leader – especially when it involves a move to the C-suite, a different industry, or a challenging business context. The stakes are high for all involved. As a result, companies are increasingly looking for ways to bring new executives up to speed more quickly – and ensure they deliver full value in the shortest possible time.
Five decades of experience partnering with clients to build their businesses through the assessment and recruitment of top-level executives and teams gives Egon Zehnder consultants unique insight into the integration challenge. As a result, we build relationships of trust that allow us to support you and your executive with a distinctly personal touch.
Unlocking Impact In A Range Of Integration Contexts
Clients engage us to help newly appointed executives quickly achieve high impact in a variety of integration contexts, including:
- Moving into the C-suite for the first time
- Coming in to lead a rapid turnaround or an integration following a merger
- Moving into a company with a very different culture from their previous organization
- Joining a family business for the first time
- Taking on an international assignment
- Bringing significant diversity to the senior team
Partnering To Gain Critical Insights Before “Day One”
We start supporting executives well before “Day One” in a new role – ideally, as soon as the appointment decision is made. Working in collaboration with the hiring executive and with HR, we help your newly appointed executive build an accurate and insightful picture of the upcoming integration challenge, making the keys to leadership success vividly clear, well before day one in the new role.
Our consultants help the new executive address the common fundamentals of Accelerated Integration – distilled from our global experience across thousands of senior placements – while tailoring their advice to the specific integration challenges of each situation. We build on our knowledge of your new executive’s leadership profile and your company’s business imperatives to advise on how to craft a personally customized Accelerated Integration strategy, while thoughtfully coordinating our recommendations with your company’s own on-boarding plan. The result is an unusually rigorous and complete plan to speed your leader’s journey to optimum effectiveness in the new role.
Hitting The Ground Running
As Day One approaches, we work with your new executive to apply the insights we have gained together to shape high-impact initial communications with their peers, reports, and external stakeholders. We also run a team workshop in the first 30 days, helping the new executive build interpersonal trust and a strong sense of shared purpose with their new team.
Through the first 90 days, our consultants gather and distill candid feedback on the first impressions the executive is creating during the initial integration. We meet one-on-one with the executive at regular intervals – creating “islands of time” to allow them briefly to set aside all-consuming operational priorities, reflect on progress, identify and prioritize early wins, and calibrate their approach as needed.
A High-Impact Partnership
Our consultants have the experience to help your newly appointed leaders make high-impact decisions faster, while minimizing costly delays or false starts. We provide objective advice and timely feedback, support the executive to resolve delicate issues while relationships are still forming, and inject a sense of urgency to get things moving in the right direction fast. Accelerated Integration empowers your newly appointed executive to assume rapid ownership of their new role – and make timely, informed decisions that are readily adopted by the organization.