Business is the survival of the fittest. Adaptation is a necessity, and sometimes requires organisational transformation – which is where we can help.
We use our market intelligence and unrivalled knowledge of people, process and culture to help make your company fit for the future.
Our bespoke approach focuses on your specific organisational needs, with solutions designed to support fast, effective change management.
What is organisational transformation?
Simply put, organisational transformation gets your business from where you are to where you want to be. It’s a change management strategy that moves your business forward, through several means.
The methods you choose will depend upon your organisation and exactly what needs to change, but can include retraining employees, redefining your organisational structure and reevaluating your company culture. True transformation requires you to align your structure, leadership and processes to push towards the same goals. Setting KPIs is, therefore, an important part of organisational transformation so that everybody knows where the company is going and how it’ll get there.
How do you know if your business needs organisational transformation support?
The need for change will often become apparent when external factors impact a company. Shifting market conditions, such as recession or inflation, obviously drive upheavals in whole industries as well as at individual businesses. Regulatory pressures can also necessitate sudden, dramatic changes as companies scramble to remain compliant. A more positive driver for change can be new technology, potentially offering huge advantages to businesses that act to embrace it.
Any of these scenarios can create a need for measured change management, which is at the centre of organisational transformation strategies. Of course, internal factors – such as rapid growth, a merger/acquisition, employee underperformance or new leadership – also demand change.
Naturally, some businesses will need to be led on their journey more than others. Companies that have been set in their ways for years will require more guidance and more comprehensive frameworks for change. But even those organisations who are more agile and accustomed to change will benefit from organisational transformation support.
What are the benefits of organisational transformation for businesses?
Although it’s often necessitated by external factors, sometimes with little choice about when it happens, there are undoubtedly many benefits to undertaking organisational transformation. The primary one, of course, is that it changes the business to become the organisation it must become. That is the whole reason behind the process.
Having a strategy in place means that change occurs in an orderly, managed manner. Through organisational transformation, you can control the pace of change and work to ease fears or anxiety among employees. By involving employees in the process early on, you can even foster a more working culture as you guide your company through its transition.
Organisational change often requires retraining employees for upcoming challenges, which has obvious benefits for both the business and those acquiring new skills.
Innovation is often another product of organisational change, as businesses look to opportunities to gain a competitive advantage and diversify into new areas. They can also gain an advantage by becoming more efficient and cost-effective. And once they’ve proven that they can adapt, future transitions will only be smoother and companies can hone their ability to grasp opportunities and overcome challenges.
What type of organisational transformation services do we offer?
We support organisational transformation through:
- Workforce planning including talent acquisition and succession planning
- Designing organisational structures that align with strategic goals
- Delivering cultural transformation programmes
- Improving leadership and communication skills
- Aligning the organisation around a shared purpose
We tailor our services to meet your needs, recognising that each organisation is different – and the challenges and opportunities ahead are always just as unique.
With our expertise in executive coaching and working with leaders, we can prepare your leaders to spearhead your business’ transformation and hold all your efforts together. A crucial part of that is honing their communication skills: keeping everybody informed is absolutely vital when change is happening.
We’re also well placed to find new talent if you need a new leader to drive your transformation forward. Our extensive network and deep understanding of the executive market means we can identify ideal candidates.
How is successful organisational transformation implemented?
First of all, it’s crucial to get a thorough understanding of the business and where it currently stands, before turning the focus to where the business needs to be. If you can identify what’s coming between the status quo and your vision for the future, you’ll identify what’s holding your business back. It might be an inefficient organisational structure hampering decision making, or it could be a lack of the right skills. Whatever factors are preventing progress, you should pinpoint them and concentrate your efforts there.
Once you’ve identified what needs to change, communicate the changes, right across your organisation. If you can create a convincing narrative about why change is needed, that’ll help you bring everyone on board. Because if your transformation is to take root and succeed, everyone must be behind it – and take ownership of it. This comes from the top down: leaders must effectively prioritise measures and maintain a high level of energy throughout the transformation.
Leaders are also responsible for the success of the process, so they’ll want to keep track of it. Some companies give employees individual goals to aim for, while others hold regular performance discussions within teams. As a minimum requirement, milestones should be put into place, giving organisations a chance to take stock as the transformation progresses.
And after all those milestones have been reached, it’s important to offer your workforce support, so they don’t feel lost in the new business environment you’ve created. Then there won’t be a return to old ways.
Why choose AGP for your organisational transformation needs?
Since successful organisational transformation is dependent on accomplished, inspirational leadership, our vast experience in executive search can prove invaluable. We can find you the right person to both lead your transformation and the improved organisation it leaves you with. Or we can offer the kind of bespoke, comprehensive executive coaching that can turn your existing people into more effective leaders.
Whether the person spearheading the transformation comes from within or outside your business, we can give them the communication tools required. When businesses undergo significant change, how it’s communicated is almost as important as the nature of the developments themselves.
From working with FTSE 500 companies, we know what success looks like and can help you mould your organisation into a high-performance business. We’ll take the time to understand your business properly, and offer tailored support with meaningful change, whether your organisational structure or your whole working culture needs refreshing.
The most frequently occurring transformations are:
Effective transformation involves pursuing the organisation’s fundamental purpose, within the context of its core values, in ways that effectively and optimally meet and reconcile the current needs of the target market and of key stakeholders.
Successfully managing a process of organisational change can increase morale and job enrichment among workers and drive the development of a positive team culture. These factors can directly and positively affect productivity and quality of work while shortening lead-times and reducing costs.
Since one size doesn’t fit all, there’s no set price for our services. We’ll work closely with you to understand exactly which services you need and then we’ll clearly communicate costs.
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I was recruited by one of the world’s largest corporations to start a new business from scratch in the UK based on an existing model in France. Without hesitation, having met Tony in his previous role, I contacted agp to help me recruit a first-class team.
Their attention to detail and absolute commitment to a project is second to none. They have an ability to quickly grasp a sometimes sketchy recruitment brief and get on with the task with tireless commitment. This is very much seen in the quality of people shortlisted and the genuine follow-up with clients and candidates.
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Following a change in career direction, I was fortunate enough to work with Tony in some 1:1 coaching sessions. Tony’s style of coaching is excellent – he builds rapport easily and asks probing, perceptive questions that enabled me to clarify my thought processes.
His challenging but empathetic style really delivered for me. He encouraged me to self-reflect and recognise my underlying concerns. Once I had this clarity, he really helped me to identify and evaluate potential options and alternatives.
I came away from our coaching sessions with real insight into my concerns and a clear action plan to make the positive changes I needed.
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