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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 prcess 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

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, based in New York, is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development Practice. 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

Jennifer Pack McDill

Jennifer Pack McDill

Chicago

Jennifer Pack McDill, based in Chicago, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development Practice. She is a trusted advisor to clients… 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

Mayuri Patel

Mayuri Patel

Palo Alto

Based in Palo Alto, California, Mayuri Patel is active in Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Communications practice. Read more

Ricardo Sunderland

Ricardo Sunderland

San Francisco

Ricardo Sunderland, based in San Francisco… Read more

Julia Nenke

Julia Nenke

San Francisco

Based in San Francisco, Julia Nenke leads the firms Leadership Advisory Practice for North America. As a leadership and transformation specialist… Read more

Valerie Spriet

Valerie Spriet

Toronto

Valerie Spriet, based in Toronto, is a leader in Egon Zehnder’s Global Leadership Advisory practice with deep experience in Assessment and Development… Read more

Sophie Hanson

Sophie Hanson

London

Based in London, Sophie Hanson has deep experience in CEO succession, C-suite and Board succession projects. Her focus is on the consumer sector with… Read more

Sven Petersen

Sven Petersen

London

​A German-Brazilian living in London, Sven Petersen advises on leadership talent and development across sectors but spends most of his time in the… Read more

Toby Gibbs

Toby Gibbs

London

Toby Gibbs, based in London, advises international companies on talent strategy, assessment, leadership development, and board and executive search. Read more

Fiona Packman

Fiona Packman

London

Based in London, Fiona Packman leads Egon Zehnder’s Professional Services Practice there. Read more

James Martin

James Martin

London

Based in London, James Martin focuses on CEO succession, board consulting, individual leadership development, team effectiveness, and coaching… Read more

Jacqueline O'Sullivan

Jacqueline O'Sullivan

London

Jackie O’Sullivan, based in London, is a member of Egon Zehnder’s global Assessment and Development practice. Read more

Andrew Roscoe

Andrew Roscoe

London

Andrew Roscoe, based in London, is a member of The Board of Egon Zehnder and is currently overseeing the firm’s Greater China business. Read more


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