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Memo to the C-suite:
You are not the
main driver of change
2
Many executives believe organization
change is driven from the top down.
Others argue for a bottom-up
approach, with change initiatives being
pushed organically by employees on
the front lines.
Our research tells a different story.
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3
Our data shows the most successful
change programs radiate neither from
the top nor bottom of the organization,
but from the center – from business
unit leaders.
Where does the real power for successful
change lie?
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4
1 Effectively implementing change
2 Delivering business benefits
3 Ensuring high levels
of sustained business
performance
Business unit leaders play the most
significant role in:
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1
2 3
5
In our research studying nearly one million change journeys, we identified
10 major drivers of successful change – with business leadership having the
most significant impact on business performance and a substantial effect
on benefits realization.
Nothing budges without being nurtured,
nudged, pushed or prodded by business
unit leadership
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6
From the top down business unit leaders translate the corporate vision into
terms staffers can understand and embrace. From the bottom up they ensure
teams below them are well led and have the resources to do their jobs.
Business unit leaders connect the top
and bottom of the organization
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7
Strength at the top can be counterproductive if there are leadership
deficiencies elsewhere.
Successful change requires strong
leadership at all levels
Highest-performing change programs
have strong, consistent capabilities
in leading change across all levels
of leadership.
Lowest-performing change programs
have strong leadership capability at the
top to implement change, but
diminishing capabilities at the business
unit leader and team leader levels.
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8
1
Set the vision and create the
environment for change, removing
roadblocks that get in the way of
widespread emotional commitment.
The role of the C-suite in driving change?
Be the catalyst…not the driver
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9
The C-suite as the catalyst for change
2
Ensure the right business leaders are in
place with the comprehensive set of skills
needed to work with the C-suite, team
leaders and teams to drive change.
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30-40%
Improvement in the level of business
leadership is often required to bring
off-track change back on track.
10
Our data shows that attaining the highest levels of business
performance requires this core strength, enabling organizations
not just to endure change but truly thrive on it.
The C-suite as the catalyst for change
3
Work through business leadership to
build change capability across all levels
of the organization.
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Learn more:
www.accenture.com/BusinessLeadersDriveChange
Also read “Turning change upside down: How new insights are changing old
assumptions”:
www.accenture.com/MythsofChange
12
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About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional
services company, providing a broad range of
services and solutions in strategy, consulting,
digital, technology and operations. Combining
unmatched experience and specialized skills
across more than 40 industries and all business
functions – underpinned by the world’s largest
delivery network – Accenture works at the
intersection of business and technology to help
clients improve their performance and create
sustainable value for their stakeholders. With
approximately 373,000 people serving clients
in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives
innovation to improve the way the world works
and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.
About Accenture Strategy
Accenture Strategy operates at the
intersection of business and technology.
We bring together our capabilities in
business, technology, operations and
function strategy to help our clients envision
and execute industry-specific strategies
that support enterprise-wide transformation.
Our focus on issues related to digital
disruption, competitiveness, global operating
models, talent and leadership helps drive
both efficiencies and growth. For more
information, follow @AccentureStrat or
visit www.accenture.com/strategy.
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Memo to the C-suite: You are not the main driver of change

  • 1. Memo to the C-suite: You are not the main driver of change
  • 2. 2 Many executives believe organization change is driven from the top down. Others argue for a bottom-up approach, with change initiatives being pushed organically by employees on the front lines. Our research tells a different story. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved.
  • 3. 3 Our data shows the most successful change programs radiate neither from the top nor bottom of the organization, but from the center – from business unit leaders. Where does the real power for successful change lie? Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved.
  • 4. 4 1 Effectively implementing change 2 Delivering business benefits 3 Ensuring high levels of sustained business performance Business unit leaders play the most significant role in: Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 1 2 3
  • 5. 5 In our research studying nearly one million change journeys, we identified 10 major drivers of successful change – with business leadership having the most significant impact on business performance and a substantial effect on benefits realization. Nothing budges without being nurtured, nudged, pushed or prodded by business unit leadership Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 5
  • 6. 6 From the top down business unit leaders translate the corporate vision into terms staffers can understand and embrace. From the bottom up they ensure teams below them are well led and have the resources to do their jobs. Business unit leaders connect the top and bottom of the organization Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 6
  • 7. 7 Strength at the top can be counterproductive if there are leadership deficiencies elsewhere. Successful change requires strong leadership at all levels Highest-performing change programs have strong, consistent capabilities in leading change across all levels of leadership. Lowest-performing change programs have strong leadership capability at the top to implement change, but diminishing capabilities at the business unit leader and team leader levels. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 7
  • 8. 8 1 Set the vision and create the environment for change, removing roadblocks that get in the way of widespread emotional commitment. The role of the C-suite in driving change? Be the catalyst…not the driver Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved.
  • 9. 9 The C-suite as the catalyst for change 2 Ensure the right business leaders are in place with the comprehensive set of skills needed to work with the C-suite, team leaders and teams to drive change. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. 30-40% Improvement in the level of business leadership is often required to bring off-track change back on track.
  • 10. 10 Our data shows that attaining the highest levels of business performance requires this core strength, enabling organizations not just to endure change but truly thrive on it. The C-suite as the catalyst for change 3 Work through business leadership to build change capability across all levels of the organization. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved.
  • 11. 11Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved. Learn more: www.accenture.com/BusinessLeadersDriveChange Also read “Turning change upside down: How new insights are changing old assumptions”: www.accenture.com/MythsofChange
  • 12. 12 Join the conversation @AccentureStrat #workforceofthefuture #insightdrivenchange About Accenture Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com. About Accenture Strategy Accenture Strategy operates at the intersection of business and technology. We bring together our capabilities in business, technology, operations and function strategy to help our clients envision and execute industry-specific strategies that support enterprise-wide transformation. Our focus on issues related to digital disruption, competitiveness, global operating models, talent and leadership helps drive both efficiencies and growth. For more information, follow @AccentureStrat or visit www.accenture.com/strategy. Copyright © 2016 Accenture All rights reserved.