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Organizational Transformation

“What got us here, won’t get us there” is the sentence that keeps leaders awake at night, especially in a transformation situation. Organizational transformation addresses this concern head-on and from a positive angle: Taking into account appreciation for your successful past, it’s time to think of different ways to lead and to be led.

We believe any successful transformation is a leadership challenge. We collaborate with you to explore organizational transformation through multiple lenses. By approaching it from a leadership angle, we are able to influence your organization’s collective mindset and company culture. In the end, transformation requires a community that is willing and able to do the hard work of innovation, and we believe it all starts with leadership.

Digitalization, complexity, and uncertainty are not addressed by different technologies and processes — even if they might be part of the answer. They require a different way of collectively sparking ideas, experimenting and sometimes failing, and coordinating and cooperating on all levels of an organization. This is the real challenge of transformation: How to establish and role-model a new collective mindset, in which everything above becomes the “new normal”.

Transformation is about leadership in the actions of individuals, teams, and larger groups of leaders. We at Egon Zehnder have created an entire repertoire of diagnostic tools and advisory approaches aimed at organization-wide systemic impact. Our Transformational Leadership Diagnostics allow us to identify how transformative actual challenges are and how best to orchestrate the journey. The Innovation Quotient Diagnostics (IQ), co-created with Linda Hill, a leading scientist on innovation at scale, surfaces an organization’s ability and willingness to innovate and evaluates its organizational design and collaboration model.

Together with your organization’s concentric circles of leaders, radiating outward from the CEO to the top 300 executives, we co-create the key elements of the transformation journey with a goal of quick, visible impact. An organization’s mindset starts to change when the new process allows for mastery of difficult and highly business-relevant tasks. Once the organization starts to observe not only “what” is happening, but also “how” it is achieved and “why” it is embarking on the journey, the transformation gains momentum.

Our ongoing dialogues with many change leaders around the globe have equipped us to build the tools and practices to orchestrate these new transformation journeys. We leverage the personal repertoire of each leader we have the privilege to work with, as well as the inherent potential of the organization to unleash transformation. And we build on our established practice of Leadership Development to help leaders to grow into truly transformative role models.

Our co-shaping of transformation journeys allows us, in turn, to diagnose the transformation needs of top leaders in a unique way. We help boards and nominating committees identify CEOs who have the right repertoire for their companies’ upcoming challenges. This has shaped our unique approach to CEO Succession.

For the executive team, we have developed specific diagnostic tools and working formats to help them leverage their full potential by creating alignment and trust. We design and facilitate team off-sites as well as ongoing coaching, based on our Team Effectiveness diagnostics and framework.

We believe organizational development is a critical component of any transformation. The organization design must be both aligned to the strategy and a source of competitive advantage. The right organization design will enable collaboration, agility, and growth for both the company and its executives. Also critical is the organization’s governance, decision-making process, and the design of its incentives.

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Organizational Transformation Consultants

Kim Henderson

Kim Henderson

Washington, D.C.

Kim Henderson is a founding member of Egon Zehnder’s Washington, D.C. office and leads the Firm’s Consumer Practice Group for the Americas in addition… Read more

Lena Triantogiannis

Lena Triantogiannis

New York

Lena Triantogiannis co-leads Egon Zehnder’s partnership with Mobius Executive Leadership as well as its global Accelerated Integration practice. Read more

Julie Chen

Julie Chen

New York

Julie Chen has nearly 20 years of experience working in top management consulting and leadership advisory firms, serving a diverse range of global… Read more

Jennifer Power

Jennifer Power

New York

Based in New York, Jennifer Power is active in Egon Zehnder’s Healthcare Practice. She is valued by clients for her sharp mind and deep insights… Read more

Zachary Pomerantz

Zachary Pomerantz

New York

Based in New York, Zachary Pomerantz is active in Egon Zehnder’s Real Estate Services and Travel & Hospitality practices. Read more

Ashley Ma

Ashley Ma

New York

Based in New York, Ashley Ma is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services and Technology and Communications Practices. Read more

Carol Kauffman

Carol Kauffman

Boston

Carol Kauffman works with leaders across the globe to help them close the gap between their intent and their impact. A lateral… Read more

Greig Schneider

Greig Schneider

Boston

Greig Schneider, based in Boston, leads the firm’s Leadership Advisory practice. He was Egon Zehnder’s U. S. Managing Partner from 2010 to 2016 and… Read more

Mark Stuart-Smith

Mark Stuart-Smith

Boston

Based in Boston and St. Louis, Mark Stuart-Smith is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer and Leadership Advisory practices. Read more

Christopher Fuqua

Christopher Fuqua

Boston

Based in Boston, Chris Fuqua is active in Egon Zehnder’s Travel & Hospitality, Consumer, and Leadership Advisory practices. A valued advisor to… Read more

Patrick Lennon

Patrick Lennon

Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Patrick Lennon is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Products and Supply Chain & Operations practices. Read more

Michaëlle Gocko

Michaëlle Gocko

Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, Michaëlle Gocko is active across Egon Zehnder’s Industrial, Technology & Communications and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion… Read more

Michael Portland

Michael Portland

Chicago

Michael Portland is a member of Egon Zehnder’s CEO and Board Consulting practices and has deep expertise in CEO and C-suite succession, executive… Read more

Gina Stearns

Gina Stearns

Miami

Based in Miami, Gina Stearns is active in Egon Zehnder’s Services, Consumer, and Diversity & Inclusion practices. She leverages her deep background in… Read more

Chris King-Sidney

Chris King-Sidney

Dallas

Based in Dallas, Chris King-Sidney is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Industrial practice, specializing in the engineering and construction, mining… Read more

Samanta Stewart

Samanta Stewart

Los Angeles

Based in Los Angeles, Samanta Hegedus Stewart is part of Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Technology and Financial Services practices. Read more


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