Executive Briefings: Fully Engaging Your Leadership
In the course of flexibility efforts, lip service is paid to “senior management support” of workplace flexibility. It is said less often whether that support is informed and deep or marginal and vague. A flexible workplace requires, and often spearheads a marked culture change. Without serious, informed and committed senior leadership, sustained change is unlikely.
We believe -- and find -- that leaders can be enlisted in a well-framed, business-oriented initiative. They did, and still do, confront the challenge of flexibility as managers themselves. They find the FlexWise™ business-beneficial approach to be sensible and compelling. We work with clients to make sure that leaders become engaged in probing discussions of the proposed approach. Which leaders?
Executive Committee This group should include the CEO, COO, CFO,
other members. These executives are the true champions of culture change. Without their
support, change will ultimately prove
Divisional Leaders Employees and managers take their cues and permissions as much
from their business leaders as from the C-suite – and perhaps more. Closer to the promise
and peril of operational flexibility, their engagement is essential.
HR Leaders Oddly, HR executives are a frequent source of both opposition and
commitment. Their engagement is crucial to enabling culture change and retooling
assumptions and habits. They and their people staff the long-term effort.
We conduct such briefings in collaboration with client colleagues. In addition to our content knowledge and credibility, we add to their organizational and strategic knowledge our “walking benchmark” and straight-talking role. Key goals of these sessions might be:
■ Shifting the understanding of flexibility from an accommodation to a
■ Reviewing the elements of the FlexWise™ approach, including any website
■ Stimulating thinking about the long-term power of flex as a business
■ Identifying and address the key concerns leaders may have about the
approach and implementation plan
■ Securing appropriate commitments for going forward