How well-equipped are corporate headquarters to master the tasks ahead?
Boosting your organization
Organizations must face up to the challenges caused by fast-changing business environments on a global level. Leaders of private companies and public institutions alike are forced to meet the demanding requirements of different stakeholder groups. Shareholders urge ever better perfomance and higher profitability, while employees and works councils focus on job security, working conditions and co-determination. Achieving a smooth corporate transformation backed by a managed and moderated change process is imperative if organizations are to overcome these challenges.
We understand, however, that organizational challenges impact each company differently due to unique characteristics and business environments. Working hand in glove with our experts in restructuring and performance improvement, we support the transformation of an organization to achieve higher adaptiveness and sustainable competitiveness. We design the optimal organizational structure, develop a clear HR strategy, manage stakeholders and coach leaders to steer the company safely through the entire transformation.
Our expertise in the field of transformation breaks down into two closely connected areas: Organization, people & transformation is one. Executive communications & stakeholder management is the other. We also support our clients with scenario planning.
Organization, people & transformation
We ensure organizational excellence by transforming a company's strategy, processes, workforce, leadership style and culture. We implement efficient overhead functions - specifically, a state-of-the-art HR function with a modern service delivery model. We deliver workforce management with a proven approach that faciliates negotiations with social partners and measurable P&L effects.
Design and implementation of innovative, strategy-oriented solutions; fact-based discussions of the optimal blueprint for process organization, enabled by an extensive toolbox; optimization of business functions and HQ.
Establishment of lean overhead functions (i.e. reduction in G&A); insights-based approach to HQ modernization; state-of-the-art functional setups, e.g. in finance and HR, including benchmarking and automation potential.
Concepts for personnel adjustments; domestic or international reassignments; development of strategies for negotiations with employee representatives and labor unions; communication support.
Development and implementation of a functional HR strategy encompassing the target operating model, organizational structure and digital HR services, including robotic process automation and AI.
Definition of a people strategy (in line with corporate strategy); development of workforce planning; evaluation of recruiting processes (attraction, sourcing, retention); assessment and development of corresponding HR capabilities.
Development and implementation of measures that encourage of managers and employees to adopt target behavior, fostering a purposeful corporate culture; measuring the impact of interventions; application of a human-centric approach that combines practical experience with insights from neuroscience and other disciplines.
Executive communications & stakeholder management
Today more than ever, success is a matter of perception and not just performance. Organizations and their leaders are scrutinized in a public domain that places a premium on transparency, openness and corporate responsibility. What's more, shareholders and employees – but also the media, public administrations and NGOs – all expect to be involved in decision-making processes at an ever earlier stage. To ensure that a corporate strategy can make it off the drawing board, we support executives as they communicate with internal and external stakeholders.
Transforming a corporate strategy into a 360° stakeholder management approach that secures the support of all key target groups.
Communication and media training, leadership skills building and long-term personality development for corporate leaders to prepare them for challenges and changes.
On behalf of companies, associations and governments, we develop campaigns that leverage proprietary analytical insights and gather key content for top management.
Support in understanding and anticipating shareholder activists' agendas, in engaging with investors based on a convincing equity story and in building a resilient defense to maintain independence.
Development and implementation of corporate communications strategies; optimization of the processes/structures of communication departments; implementation of digital tools (e.g. for big data analysis).