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Heidrick & Struggles now offers a proven and novel rapid change process that delivers results in 30 days. Developed with innovation experts from MIT's Media Lab, The Corporate Lab® is designed to help companies tackle their toughest and often most complex challenges using an approach to problem-solving and innovation that inspires a mindset shift at all levels of the organization.

align senior team

aligning the executive team is a critical first step

Leading the culture is as important as leading the strategy and structure


Culture shaping is a leader-led process. Research shows that starting at the top is critical because organizations tend to become Shadows of their Leaders. A deliberate process to create a mutually supportive, high-performance team at the top may be an obvious priority when a new CEO comes into an organization, when the executive leadership of two merging companies are brought together or during an executive-level restructuring. But the need for alignment may not be as clear in other situations even though even minor dysfunctions at the top may be obvious to the organization and mirrored down below.

 

Because leading the culture from the top is so important, we have developed special expertise in working with CEOs and their senior teams to help take them to a higher level of performance and effectiveness. We have done this with CEOs and senior teams of nearly 100 Fortune 500 companies and dozens of teams at the top of Global 1000 companies.


Watch this video of our client, Yum! Brands CEO David Novak, as he shares insights on creating an iconic recognition culture that drives global performance and growth

 

Novak describes how with Senn Delaney's guidance, he focused on building a recognition culture across 117 countries and 1.4 million employees where everyone makes a difference. Senn Delaney Chairman Dr. Larry Senn also examines why Novak exemplifies a thriving leader and shares lessons for other CEOs to successfully lead culture transformation.




 

 

Most senior teams have highly qualified and successful individual contributors but many are not as effective as a team as they could be.

 

In our most successful culture-shaping engagements, CEOs and their senior teams

  • understand the connection between culture, strategy and business success
  • role model the healthy, high-performance behaviors they want in their organization
  • learn what it takes to shape a culture, and their role in it
  • are seen by the organization as aligned on decisions and mutually supportive
  • make decisions for the greater good not in self interest

This creates the foundation for the work needed under the senior team to create a healthy, high-performance culture from top to bottom. (See engage full organization)

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