You have a secret power—a power to dispel fear and make change a reality. As an executive, you can sponsor and lead initiatives to transform the future of your organization. If the memory of change initiatives gone awry is suddenly gripping you, consider the time in which you live. In today’s economic environment, can you afford to not lead change?
This is the dilemma that faced executive search firm Korn/Ferry International. According to the company’s estimates, the U.S. will not create any net new jobs for another 16 years—particularly bad news for a company dependent on job creation. Korn/Ferry saw the current environment as the perfect opportunity to make change—shifting to become a talent solutions advisory firm focused on broader strategic client issues.
The kind of change undertaken by Korn/Ferry required a shift in the way veteran consultants approach client conversations. The success of Korn/Ferry’s initiative provides great examples of how executives can lead change:
The impact of the involvement and commitment of leadership to change at Korn/Ferry has resulted in early results from the long-term initiative.
“I think with any kind of change credibility is critical. In our organization, as in most organizations one of the things that make anything credible is if you lead by example. Our CEO has made it very clear that we will lead by example on this program and the way to do that is to have our senior people all go through it and then teach the course, be involved. By all of that attention of senior management, what you will get is our people will say, ‘This is important.’" Robert A. Damon, President, Korn/Ferry North America
How can you better use your leadership position to pursue positive change at your company?
Read the full DSG Korn/Ferry case study here