As change accelerates and sectors converge around the world, nothing is more important to success than developing leadership excellence among the top executives of today and tomorrow.

Ken Banta

Founder and Principal, The Vanguard Group for Leadership

Healthcare Forum: NYC/ November 7-8, 2018
Forum for General Counsels: NYC/ Feb 5-6, 2019

Organizational Transformation

The Vanguard Group for Leadership supports and counsels CEOs and their teams to build high performance leadership, and to execute transformations that create high performance organizations for the long term. We have deep, extensive, hands-on experience driving major global transformations and turnarounds, with a focus on leadership and building high performance cultures and organizations.

Our team’s track record includes central leadership roles ranging from commercial operations to human resources to governance to marketing and communications. Our combined experience includes leadership in organizations at all stages of evolution, from startup to legacy corporations.

Transforming a biotechnology company from startup to operational team.
Working with the CEO and Executive Team, Vanguard developed a strategy and implementation plan for transforming the working culture and behaviors from what was required for a highly successful, entrepreneurial start-up, to an operational company working collaboratively with regulators and deploying a significant field force. A major focus was on feedback from the frontline employees, who knew the environment the best. As a result, a regulatory team ½ the typical size achieved an early first-pass FDA approval, field force ramp-up was extremely rapid, and talent retention during the transition was nearly 100%.

Executing a global turnaround.
As advisor to the CEO and top team, we supported the critical leadership and culture dimensions of the successful turnaround of a deeply troubled global company. The project included assessing the cultural stress points and conflicts within the multinational organization and working with the CEO, Executive Team, and other leaders to develop a compelling Sense of Purpose for the organization, which became the foundation for all other turnaround activity, including an ‘action agenda’ for change and a set of high performance behaviors expected of the CEO through to the frontlines. The turnaround based on these foundations was extremely successful and transformed the company within three years from one of the worst performing companies in its peer group, to one of the best performing companies.

Advising an incoming CEO.
With the arrival of a first-time CEO for a troubled global company, we took on the assignment of an advisory and sounding-board role. This involved counsel and feedback on Executive Team dynamics, development of a strong first 300 days leadership and action steps plan, creation of a transformation strategy for the Board, and wide-ranging internal and external leadership communications to build alignment and engagement around the transformation plan. The result was a successful transformation from a downward spiral of performance to a sustained upward spiral of performance leading to acquisition at a very high premium.
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