In today’s environment all organizations, public and private, large and small, face fundamental change along many fronts. Those that anticipate and address change and keep their organizations balanced and agile will be well positioned for continued success. Those that ignore challenges or delay action face the risk of failing their customers and stakeholders – with increasingly uncertain outcomes for their organizations.
Avascent’s experienced change management professionals help clients keep their organizations effective and agile, and enable them to achieve large and measurable performance improvements. We bring a successful track record in working closely and collaboratively with many kinds of leaders to design and achieve fundamental change for leading global companies, small enterprises or business units as well as government agencies and international non-profits.
Avascent Advantage: In identifying and addressing specific client transformation needs, Avascent combines:
- World-class Expertise – people, methodologies, tools, and data on best practices
- Comprehensive Analysis – informed by our Balanced Organization framework and a deep understanding of our clients’ market and operating environment
- Targeted, Collaborative Approach to Change Management – achieving the greatest improvement with minimal disruption to the organization and staff
Our areas of expertise include:
Balanced Organization Diagnostic
Every organizational transformation is unique. It is important to understand the operating environment, to identify upfront the specific organizational levers that will have the greatest desired impact, and to recognize and minimize disruption. Avascent uses a comprehensive “Balanced Organization” diagnostic to provide an initial assessment of all aspects of performance, compare them to best practices, and to identify areas where change will have the greatest positive impact. This provides the starting point for developing a successful change roadmap that can be implemented in a timely, structured manner while minimizing unnecessary disruption.
Alignment of Mission, Strategy & Organization
Consistent high performance requires a balanced organization –where all components (structure, process, people, leadership, culture, communication, tools, and metrics) are designed and managed to reinforce each other and the enterprise mission. Organizations looking to change often fall short when they pursue organizational fundamental redesign without a clear and updated articulation of mission and strategy. Avascent works closely with its clients to ensure that organization initiatives are consistently approached from a broad strategic perspective, thereby avoiding suboptimal, time-consuming, and non-productive initiatives.
Leadership, Culture and People
Highly effective leadership is especially critical in times of change. A clear vision of the company’s future needs to be established and communicated. The organization’s talent strategy and operating culture then has to be aligned to this vision to provide sustainable performance for stakeholders. Leadership must ensure it has the right vision and that the right people are focused on appropriate drivers of success, and that they are highly motivated around common goals. Avascent works with clients to ensure all aspects of the organization understand and are motivated to make change succeed.
Organization and Process Design
In striving to make their organization more effective, executives often allocate most of their time to determining “boxes, reporting lines and process flows.” While these are important, in most cases it is insufficient, as the output fails to directly align performance against mission and strategic objectives. An effective organization and process design requires a clear linkage to desired outcomes, buy-in by key stakeholders, and an effective performance management and accountability plan. Without these critical elements, the most elegant structures and process flows will yield limited benefits – and sometimes do more harm than good.
Infrastructure and IT Enablers
Highly effective collaboration and joint decision-making are increasingly important for any high-performing organization. Employees and partners need to have the right information, when they need it, available in a manner that is easy to access, consistent, up-to-date, and secure. To achieve high performance, an organization needs to define and implement a targeted infrastructure and IT environment that supports the overall organization. Avascent helps clients focus on the specific elements needed, and helps identify the simplest, most flexible solutions available.
High-performing organizations must periodically adapt to continue to grow profitably in evolving markets. A critical first step is to clearly articulate the vision of what the enterprise should be five or more years in the future. This end state, when contrasted against the current state, will drive the prioritization of major change initiatives to address the largest “gaps.” Avascent assists clients in performing an enterprise-wide “backward-planning” analysis of critical initiatives and their interdependencies, so that a comprehensive change roadmap can be established.