Leaders typically recognize when change is necessary – growth has slowed, teams are not functioning at their highest level, or customers’ needs are not being met, but leaders don’t always know how to address these issues or what needs to change.
The Clearing helps public and private sector clients lead their organization through change by assessing the organization’s current environment and diagnosing underlying issues that are keeping the organization from realizing its vision. Our comprehensive change management services includes organizational design, technology, culture, and power to align and optimize processes, people, and structures with their business strategy.
The Clearing’s change management methodology creates a shared perspective and shared intent among critical stakeholders, mitigates risks, enrolls stakeholders, and determines behaviors necessary to implement and sustain the change. Our areas of expertise include:
The pace of change in technology, economic constraints, and evolving workforce behaviors has created an opportunity for organizations to reconsider their workplace strategies. Our workplace consultants consider more than the physical or “built” environment. Our workplace consultants examine processes for doing work, behavioral norms and policies, and collaboration styles.
For organizations to be productive, competitive, and sustain success, they must align space, tools, and technology in a way that reflects the organization’s culture and strategy.
The Clearing designs and enables programs to drive workplace transformation of varying size and scale. Whether implementing local office moves, more flexible workplace policies, installing a new space utilization technology, transitioning to more digital files, or taking on the whole spectrum of change, The Clearing develops workplace strategies, mitigates risk, and engages employees throughout the lifecycle of the project. Read one of our case studies to learn more.
The Clearing’s workplace services couple change management and communications with program management expertise including:
Creation of an employee- and leadership-focused vision and case for change (vision, drivers, return on investment, etc.) for the workplace transformation effort
Development of change management implementation plans, communication plans, and governance processes to guide the transformation process
Alignment of various service providers (e.g., architects, space planners, engineers/developers, IT, facilities management, HR, security) through meeting facilitation, engagement, and project management
Messaging and engagement strategy for labor relations / unions
Recommendations and project management during space design, renovation, and move preparations such as office clean-out, records management / archiving activities, move sequencing, etc.
Outfitting employees – through training, communication materials, and engagement activities – with tools, protocols, and processes to be successful in the new space
We provide a comprehensive, unbiased evaluation of the current state of your organization by assessing the degree of alignment and integration between your strategy, people, structure, culture, and systems.
Our change management consultants conduct market research and meet with a cross-section of individuals to understand their perspective of the company’s strengths and opportunities for improvement. We present the results of our assessment in a way that generates a common understanding of the data and builds ownership for addressing challenges. Once there is common understanding and ownership, we work with clients to develop specific short and long terms actions to help improve operational efficiency.
Organizational design is both an art and a science with cultural, structural, social, and technical elements at play. Organizational design and structures are the building blocks that support organizational processes, behaviors, and results. They must enable and support the organization’s ability to perform its mission and provide the space to move towards its vision. Many organizational structures do not add clear, present value to either customers or the organization.
We approach organizational structures by using our MUDA PRIME as a framework. MUDA ensures that all available resources are focused on the most important aspects of business and customer needs. Many firms specialize in overgrown accrued structural elements. We believe that concentrating on the fewest, most critical elements will reveal an organizational structure that creates the space for leaders and employees to better serve customers and provide results.
CULTURE ASSESSMENT AND PEAK PERFORMANCE CULTURE
At The Clearing, we believe that culture is the line a group draws between the behaviors it embraces and the behaviors it does not tolerate. This line always exists. We work with clients to assess current culture and design mechanisms to help them enact behaviors that move them toward a more desired culture. Through our support, organizations can foster their desired culture, model behaviors of the desired future culture, and create mutual accountabilities and support.
The Clearing offers clients an organizational culture and leadership survey, a powerful “MRI” of your culture. The survey reveals valuable data, explains how your people view their current leadership and culture, and compares the reality to the optimal culture they desire.
The gap between the current culture and the desired culture instantly reveals key opportunities for leadership development. The organizational culture and leadership survey also measures how your leadership culture compares to other organizations and measures two domains of leadership: creative competencies and reactive tendencies. The result of the survey will build readiness for change at the team and organizational levels.
BUSINESS PROCESS REDESIGN
When working with our clients on business process redesign (BPR), we examine the
efficiency and effectiveness of the organization’s most critical business processes.
For each priority process, we develop a view of the current state based on operational data using detailed process maps and analysis to help identify major gaps. Our consultants then work together with a cross-functional client team to define a series of principles that will guide the solution generation phase, create a vision or goal for each process from the ground up, and develop a roadmap to achieve the near and long term results. The changes will help the organization realize optimal value for their stakeholders, customers, and workforce.
Most leaders have significant internal and external factors that place enormous pressure on their organizations. It is crucial that leaders identify and eliminate wasteful activities in daily operations. Leaders must recognize the functions and activities that are failing to provide value.
HUMAN CAPITAL STRATEGY AND SUCCESSION PLANNING
Alignment and integration of human capital strategies and priorities are obstacles to staying competitive and relevant in today’s environment.
The Clearing’s human capital services leverage cutting edge research, analytics, and industry insights to help design and implement critical programs. Our process answers the questions of how to prioritize investment in human capital and how to build a differential strategy based on anticipating market needs. Our services include the full lifecycle of the employee from workforce planning to succession planning.
Our full service succession planning offering ensures all necessary stakeholders are fully engaged in the process, including executives, board members, and human resource officers. We work with clients to assess internal and external candidates and develop implementation plans for both crisis and planned successions.
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS INTEGRATION
Many companies that go through the merger and acquisition process fail to meet the projected financial returns due in large measure to cultural misalignment. Companies spend a tremendous amount of time on the financial and operational aspects of the transaction, but often neglect the equally important “soft” task of aligning two organizations whose cultures might be entirely different. Mismatches in company cultures tend to result in employee frustration and anxiety – factors that cause many to leave the company.
The Clearing assists organizations going through a merger and acquisition reach peak levels of performance, by encouraging them to understand and manage all integration efforts from a perspective of culture creation. Through our results-based approach, we help companies stay on track throughout their transitions by encouraging leaders to see every action they take through this cultural perspective, utilizing the following steps:
Clearly define the desired culture
Identify any significant differences in the organizational landscape of the two companies
Shared services is a concept that integrates people, process, and technology to increase effectiveness and efficiency in the execution of business process activities.
Delivering this capability with excellence requires building trusted business partnerships in which the service provider and customer are focused on the desired outcome – better service at a lower cost and jointly committed to creating a working environment of shared accountability. The Clearing can help by:
Creating a cultural foundation that enables talented people to deliver quality service
Creating a solid foundation from which human capital can execute a shared services capability
Building trusted business partnerships between service providers and customers
The Clearing has developed a Shared Services Readiness Assessment. This tool is meant to help leaders think through some common challenges faced when implementing shared services. You can begin the assessment HERE.
With The Clearing’s guidance, your shared services business model will more fully integrate people, process and technology. The resulting positive customer experience will benefit customers and service providers.
The Clearing regularly participates in shared services industry events, which feature discussions from experts on the future of shared services. Explore highlights from select events.
SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES ASSESSMENT
One of the direct ways for your organization to achieve peak performance is through a systematic evaluation of your workforce skills in relation to business operations.
The Clearing’s capabilities based assessment is a systematic approach to enhancing and sustaining maximum performance. We examine elements that compromise organizational effectiveness and assess the alignment and integration of these elements to strategic priorities. Our assessment includes a baseline of the current state with tangible and unbiased insights into gaps, misalignments, and issues that often plague organizations. Our human capital consultants provide recommendations for how to close these gaps, align the opportunities with the overarching organization strategy, and prioritize human capital investments to achieve optimal outcomes.
GOVERNANCE AND DECISION EFFECTIVENESS
The Clearing works with clients to establish effective governance structures and decision-making processes during the implementation of strategy and initiatives. Governance is intended to increase accountability and anticipate risk. Effective governance can mean the difference between an organization’s success or failure.
The Clearing partners with clients to design tailored governance structures and decision-making frameworks, taking into account organizational culture, values, policies, and strategic direction. Governance structures also provide for how, and to whom, issues that should be elevated for resolution when roadblocks are encountered. The results are a clear, well-understood decision-making framework and leaders who are outfitted to make the right decisions at the right time to drive successful organizational outcomes.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
The Clearing offers customized leadership training and development services for junior, middle, senior level management, and executives. Our leadership development training equips participants with the right awareness, language, and tools to address their specific challenges. Participants begin to immediately apply what they are learning to their real-world challenges with the support of our experienced instructors and coaches.
We offer both team and one-on-one leadership coaching as a stand-alone service or as a complement to our consulting and training programs. Whatever the purpose for engaging a leadership coach, most important is that leadership coaching is integrated into a leader’s daily work of committing resources, changing policies, forging new agreements, creating and maintaining positive relationships, integrating new systems, or releasing new products and services to the market.
Through individual and group coaching and foundational skills training in virtual, remote, and live settings, the participants of our training programs learn ways to:
Enhance the leadership skills needed to build strong teams and drive results
Reduce organizational fragmentation
Communicate more effectively
Anticipate and more adeptly address roadblocks and problem areas
More effectively coach, develop, and manage their teams
Develop and improve relationships with their peers, subordinates, and superiors