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  • Surprises from our executive sentiment survey

    Executives everywhere are worried. That’s the bottom-line finding of Insigniam’s recent Global Executive Sentiment Survey, which asked 250 senior executives from dozens of diverse companies, including Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, Sony Pictures, JP Morgan Chase, and Air Canada, to rank their major concerns in several key areas of operations.

    Conducted by Insigniam, an international management consulting firm, the survey uncovered an undercurrent of concern among executives worldwide when it comes to their companies’ ability to innovate, to get good products to global markets faster and with fewer resources, and to effectively manage existing employees.

    Of all executives surveyed, 38 percent say they were worried about their employees’ potential performance over the next 12 months. More surprising, 42 percent of global senior executives say they are frustrated by complacency and cynicism in the workplace.

    Employee performance concerns

    “Executives are clearly worried about teamwork, leadership impact in driving innovation efforts, and productivity,” says Shideh Sedgh Bina, one of Insigniam’s founding partners.

    The concerns over employee performance are particularly worrisome for one key reason — a majority of executives say operational excellence is the biggest single factor that will define the success of their companies. Indeed, 57 percent of executives globally, and 74 percent in the United States told Insigniam that they believe that’s the case, easily outpacing the 13 percent who said they were chiefly concerned with business targets and revenue growth.

    Operational excellence, to these executives, means several things. They include improving communication with prospective clients; managing new, worldwide product launches even with fewer resources; executing development plans flawlessly; and deftly dealing with crisis.

    Innovation: the competitive advantage

    Said in fewer words, executives told Insigniam that they want to get more, and better products to global markets faster and more efficiently than ever. And the process of doing that can be summed up in a single word: Innovation. An overwhelming majority of executives surveyed — 76 percent — said that innovation, whether in product development or in internal processes, is key to strengthening their competitive advantage over then next one to three years.

    But, as Insigniam’s Bina puts it, “To drive operational excellence, companies need people who are pushing the envelope, looking for change, and taking risks. But those were exactly the things executives told us they had frustrations with in terms of their people.”

    In fact, 42 percent of global senior executives who participated in Insigniam’s survey cited frustrations over complacency, cynicism, and culture, as their main concerns with employees. And those frustrations with cynicism and complacency were cited by twice as many executives as were other concerns about people. Globally, the second and third place frustrations fell under the categories of “processes, resources, and management” and “alignment and communication.”

    Bina says executives have good reason for those concerns about their people.

    “There was a time in business when trying to adhere to the status quo was a good thing,” she says. “But that time is gone. So, the companies that do successfully innovate — like the executives in our survey told us they wanted to do — will be the ones that get the best performance out of their people.”

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    In any executive accountability, there are business imperatives: those kinds of outcomes that are absolutely necessary and essential for success.

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    Several surveys of top executives indicate that only 19% of strategic plans achieve their objectives and only 25% of them are motivated by the plans they create.

  • Change Management

    Organizations are expanding globally to access markets in all regions of the world, and new technologies are introduced every day that stimulate new opportunities.

  • Leadership

    Winning in business requires the ability to effectively and quickly manage change. Agility and speed are the passwords into the winner’s circle.

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  • What if your competitors reduced cycle time by 75%?

    Breakthrough Performance leads to Speed-to-Results

    It’s a Competitive World. Get There Faster with Speed-to-Results.

    Today’s highly competitive business climate demands performance that is a dramatic break from the past. Senior executives of large and complex organizations have an imperative to produce outcomes that are extraordinary, given the history of the organization and its current skills, resources, and circumstances. We call this new order of unprecedented results “Breakthrough Performance.”

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  • 76% of executives say their success depends on innovation.

    Innovation Every Day, Everywhere, Every Employee

    In a recent Insigniam survey of several hundred executives, 87% of respondents say innovation is of the utmost importance for success. Yet only 15% feel their organization is prepared to deliver the needed level of innovation.

    How have some organizations sustained innovative growth over decades, managing to grow profits and loyalty while reducing risks and costs? It seems as though new thinking to elevate value and launch dramatic growth opportunities is in the DNA of the enterprise, with every single employee committed to innovation.

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  • 42% of executives are frustrated by complacent employees.

    Cut Out The Complacency

    How Enterprise Transformation Starts With You

    Complacency is a very real threat to enterprise competitiveness. In an executive survey by Insigniam, 42% of executives reported that complacent employees thwart success.

    Consider how complacency impacts competitiveness. Today more than ever, CEOs, C-level executives, general managers, and business unit heads must substantially alter the very fabric of their enterprise. Sometimes a new merger, a significant acquisition, or an upheaval in the competitive or market landscape might predicate this need. The introduction of disruptive innovation to your industry may threaten the viability of your familiar way of doing business and running your enterprise. There may be an external demand for significantly elevated management results, a major regulatory change, or perhaps the inevitable march toward globalization.

    When faced with this call for a new era in the dynamics and management results of an enterprise, complacency and a reliance on business as usual are inappropriate responses and may even be a harbinger of a pending crisis. If you are not inventing the rules of the game, someone else is.

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