The Challenge of Change and a VUCA Environment

Aggregated research conducted between 2012 to 2015 shows that:

  • 75% of change fails
  • Only 68% of employees are engaged
  • Only 56% of strategic initiatives have been successful
  • 61% of businesses struggle to bridge the strategy/implementation gap.
  • Organizations using a strategy execution system are 7.5 times more likely to be high performing than low performing
  • ~70-80% of the best executing businesses accord an higher priority to leadership capability, process and culture than poor executors
  • Organizations that integrate leadership development with strategy execution are 22.7 times more likely to be high performing than others 
  • Companies with ‘strategy execution leadership’ implement 20% more strategic initiatives than others
  • Companies with clear identities enjoy stronger performance than others
  • Capabilities-driven approach to value creation leads to higher returns than reliance on economy of scale, lucrative assets and diversification

Business leaders face external challenges posed by VUCA daily (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity); an exponential rate of change seeking to undermine your strategic plan and its execution —the ‘fog of war’.  This ‘fog’ is compounded by internal ‘friction’ —the challenges of creating emotional engagement and simultaneously creating the clarity that aligns thinking, systems, structure, and priorities, and co-ordinates activity in the face of competing demands, actual progress, and changing context.

Our clients ask us for help with a wide range of situations. For example, when they are:

  • Planning or responding to strategic disruption
  • Involved in mergers and acquisitions: leadership due diligence 
  • Re-designing the organization
  • Engaged in strategy clarification, simplification or review
  • Enhancing strategy execution capability and organisational effectiveness
  • Planning and leading culture change and business transformation
  • Building collective leadership capability
  • Engaged in succession planning and leadership talent assessment
  • Focused on programme and project leadership: planning and execution
  • Assessing and developing Board effectiveness

One thing they all our clients share, however, is the need for a simple, practical and sustainable way to ensure that their organization pulls together to resolve a number of complex business issues.

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