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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.

Organizational Transformation Capabilities

Culture of Innovation

Effectively leading innovation starts with understanding your organization’s current ability and willingness to innovate

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Culture of Diversity & Inclusion

The Diversity and Inclusion Practice works with clients across industries and regions to build diverse leadership teams in inclusive cultures by addressing recruitment, integration, and development practices for diverse talent.

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Digital Transformation

We have been partnering with clients in the digital space since this era began, helping some of the most powerful disruptive forces find the talent and leadership skills they have needed to scale and grow.

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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.

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…

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…

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…

Taylor Overstreet

Taylor Overstreet

Dallas

Based in Dallas, Taylor Overstreet is active in Egon Zehnder’s Health and Technology Officers practices. She is a trusted advisor to clients…

Julia Nenke

Julia Nenke

San Francisco

Based in San Francisco, Julia Nenke is a leader in Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development and Human Resources practices with a particular…

Ricardo Sunderland

Ricardo Sunderland

San Francisco

Ricardo Sunderland, based in San Francisco…

Karena Strella

Karena Strella

San Francisco

Karena Strella led the design of Egon Zehnder’s model for assessing leadership potential and has deep expertise in talent management and CEO…

Valerie Spriet

Valerie Spriet

Toronto

Valerie Spriet, based in Toronto, leads Egon Zehnder’s North American Executive Assessment and Development Practice and the Canadian Technology and…

Sophie Hanson

Sophie Hanson

London

In her role as the coleader of Egon Zehnder’s global Retail, Apparel, and Luxury segment, Sophie Hanson sees firsthand the strong forces impacting the…

Miranda Pode

Miranda Pode

London

Miranda Pode is the Co-Leader of Egon Zehnder’s global Financial Services practice.

James Martin

James Martin

London

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

Fiona Packman

Fiona Packman

London

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

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.

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…

Toby Gibbs

Toby Gibbs

London

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

Thought Leadership on Organizational Transformation

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Human Resources

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