We help you explore the future and design and implement workplace strategies aimed at building a change-ready culture. We also provide change management services for individual initiatives and coach executives on change leadership.
We offer a range of capabilities and expertise focused primarily on:
These three key areas, working in concert (as shown in the model below), are what we believe are needed to transform your organization into one that is primed for the future of work.
Future|Shift Consulting can develop strategies in these areas, build and execute plans and programs, coach leaders and managers, run workshops, and develop related content. We can work in partnership with in-house organizational change management staff, and/or bring in additional outside help as-needed from our extended network of subject matter experts.
While all of our services can work together to enable transformational change in your organization, we can provide them separately or in combined offerings to meet your unique needs. Whether large transformations or smaller-scale operational changes, we approach every project with an eye towards helping your company become a workplace of the future.
Traditional strategic planning is not as effective in today’s accelerated age. What’s needed is a more fluid approach that considers a range of scenarios so that you are prepared for the various paths that may unfold.
The practice of Strategic Foresight enables organizations to better anticipate change. The future is unpredictable, of course, but by exploring change through the lens of systems thinking, pattern analysis, and signal scanning, plausible scenarios become clear.
From these scenarios, strategies can be developed to respond to or even influence your organization’s emerging future. Through strategic foresight, the future becomes an opportunity instead of a threat.
Future|Shift Consulting will guide your organization through a foresight-enabled strategic planning process. This can involve a workshop, a series of workshops, or exploratory and planning sessions with leaders depending on your organization’s needs, preferences, and unique circumstances. We can also conduct additional research, if needed, to further explore a scenario. The process can be conducted at either the corporate or individual business unit level.
The output can be used to frame your strategic planning efforts, revise existing strategies, or form the basis of a new strategic plan. We can work with you to determine the best use of the output to support your company’s goals.
Change Leadership Advisory
“The 21st century leader goes into the world and breaks down walls by bringing communities together in conversations.” - Ayelet Baron, Author & Speaker
Whether you’re on a journey to transform your culture or need to better prepare sponsors to lead change projects, we can provide advisory services to help your people become the change leaders they need to be.
Creating Leaders for a Change-Ready Culture
The speed at which organizations need to shift and respond in today’s climate has made the command and control style of management obsolete. Yet, it’s still the most prevalent form out there. A new leadership paradigm is needed–one that combines a foresight-driven outlook with an adaptive mindset. We call this Anticipative Change Leadership.
Future|Shift Consulting can work with you or your leadership team through coaching and planning sessions aimed at both developing this new mindset and putting it into practice. Becoming a change-ready culture starts with leadership. Change your culture by changing your leadership style.
Coaching Change-Ready Leaders (for projects)
Building a change-ready culture should be your ultimate goal, but in the meantime, your organization is faced with many projects that cannot wait until the rest of the organization is ready. These initiatives require leaders, from top executives to heads of functions, to serve as sponsors and be change leaders. Most leaders aren’t prepared to lead change, especially when it comes to dealing with the people-side of change. We can coach your executives on how to lead change initiatives and serve in sponsorship roles, where it’s critical for them to actively and visibly support and promote the change.
We help leaders:
Define the strategy for leading change projects
Develop sponsorship plans for supporting the change
Create leadership messaging to promote the change
Learn how to identify and manage resistance
Define measures of progress with respect to change
Organizational Change Readiness
(Via Change Management Consulting)
In order to thrive in an exponential world, companies need to be nimble enough to “do business at the speed of change,” i.e., become more fluid, responsive, change-ready organizations. We offer the expertise to help enable this and can provide you with the support to manage your existing change initiatives so you can meet your objectives.
Our consulting services in this category span three areas, which are offered independently or in concert depending on your needs. They are:
Change Management for Projects
Developing Change Agility
Developing Change-Ready Employees
Change Management for Projects
Do you need an experienced Organizational Change Management (OCM) resource(s) for your internal project(s)?
Are your existing OCM resources overwhelmed and need additional support?
Does your current change management program need a boost in the arm to better meet your demanding environment?
We’ve got you covered by providing expert resources and innovative approaches to implement outcome-oriented change management programs using proven methods. We are Prosci certified and can apply the Prosci framework and tools if determined to be the best fit. Services include:
Assessing the current state, defining the future state, identifying and bridging the gaps
Developing a change management strategy and plan that fits your initiative’s needs
Develop aligned communication strategies and draft messaging
Planning and conducting stakeholder engagement activities
Building and managing a Change Champion Network
Coaching your existing OCM team
Building a sponsorship plan to ensure active leadership participation.
Ensuring success by addressing and mitigating resistance
Developing Organizational Change Agility
Transforming into a change-ready company requires many organizational and mindset shifts. One of the most important is to develop the agility to respond to change as soon as it appears on the horizon, as opposed to trying to manage it once it’s already in progress.
How do we accomplish this?
Perform an organizational assessment to uncover your gaps and determine what’s needed
Design a collaboration strategy that mixes both digital and offline solutions to enhance how your people connect, communicate and collaborate in order to accelerate knowledge sharing on all value chain activities
Build a Change Platform for facilitating and enabling change on an ongoing basis – a framework that empowers the organization to co-create change while mitigating change fatigue
Developing Change-Ready Employees
An organization’s ability to thrive can only go as far as the skills, mindset, and strength of its people. In a world of constant change, employee development programs must account for the skills needed to flourish amid uncertainty.
We can partner with you to develop workshops and training focused on (but not limited to):
Building workforce resilience, adaptability, and autonomy
Embedding change-ready behaviors/mindsets and aligning them with company values
Developing skills needed to succeed in a more networked, open, and digital environment
Enabling teams to better navigate and improve their effectiveness