Executives are not wearing the consequences of failure in transformations

Insights | 31 October 2017

I believe too many executives have achieved success by focussing on operational results, rather than the important convergence of leadership, culture and strategy that drives transformation success. How many times have we seen poor performing executives wear no consequence of failure, who pop up in another business unit after failure in the existing business unit, an executive who has no track record of success in delivering transformation but still sits at the C level to inhibit future transformations.

These executives are short changing their employees, shareholders, citizens in the public sector and a whole gamut of influential stakeholders who are looking for substantive and value enhancing leadership. In fact, these executives fail to realise and appreciate their own impact on an organisation and its people during transformation.

Of course, leadership must radiate from the C level of the organisation and permeate through the organisation. I have written previously that the CEO and the Board must make a milestone decision in being able to deliver transformation i.e. who must lead it? Leading transformations must integrate culture and strategy which is the implicit responsibility of the C suite of the organisation. They must also identify the leaders that can make a difference in delivering transformational change and there must be a consequence of failure.

If you feel the same or if you have a different opinion, please share your thoughts.

For assistance on your transformation journey please contact myself or the team at PM-Partners on 1300 70 13 14.

About The Author

Ken Sheargold

Ken Sheargold, CEO of PM-Partners group, joined the organisation as a Transformation Consultant in February 2016. Prior to joining PM-Partners he held executive appointments in the NSW Government and Telstra Corporation. His most recent appointment in Government was the Executive Director, Premiers Implementation Unit directly responsible for supporting the Premier in the delivery of his key priorities across NSW.

Ken has considerable senior strategic and management expertise having held Executive Director roles at Telstra (Corporate Strategy and Customer Service), NSW Premier and Cabinet, Public Works and Service First. He also spent sixteen years in the Australian Defence Force.

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