Transformation Insights

The CFO’s role in helping companies navigate the coronavirus crisis

 – Strong, steady leadership from the finance organization is critical for addressing immediate concerns about safety and survival, stabilizing the business in the near term, and positioning it for recovery.

Five Fifty: The changeable organization

February 24, 2020 – What does it take to transform corporate organizations? New research reveals the variables that matter most.

Why your next transformation should be ‘all in’

October 10, 2019 – Improve the odds of a successful business transformation by going “all in” to kick-start performance and remake your portfolio.

Perspectives on transformation

How can companies overcome the odds and achieve long-term success with an organization-wide transformation? Our video series looks...


The wisdom of transformations: How successful CEOs think about change

July 23, 2019 – What works and what doesn’t, from those who know.

The secret to unlocking hidden value in the balance sheet

March 18, 2020 – For many companies, managing financial resources is a challenge. But combining analytics with a holistic approach to balance sheet...

Completing a transformation in the consumer-goods industry

March 16, 2020 – In a dynamic environment, every organization must realign its operating model. Consumer-packaged-goods players are no exception....

A primer in resilience: A conversation with Kevin Carmody

January 6, 2020 – Having a resilience plan in place can set a company apart from its competitors while simultaneously improving cash flow and strengthening...

Why isn’t your transformation showing up in the bottom line?

November 15, 2019 – The success rates of large change programs vary widely. Finance teams can make a big difference in the outcome of these initiatives...

A primer in resilience: Maximizing value beyond earnings

November 4, 2019 – Empowering the finance organization to take decisive action to strengthen the balance sheet is critical to achieving organizational...

Ensuring resilience and the strategic imperative: A conversation with Kevin Laczkowski

October 28, 2019 – A strategic transformation that focuses on resilience will allow a company to adapt to changing economic scenarios.

Early strategic assessment: A conversation with Kevin Laczkowski

October 23, 2019 – By plotting strategy early in a strategic transformation, companies avoid making precise plans for the wrong future.

Key success factors in a strategic transformation: A conversation with Kevin Laczkowski

October 21, 2019 – Leadership plays a critical role in building conviction and commitment for a sustained strategic transformation.

The numbers behind successful transformations

October 17, 2019 – Crunching the numbers on transformations suggests good news for companies that go broad, move fast and renew often, prioritize...

The role of strategy in a transformation: A conversation with Kevin Laczkowski

October 14, 2019 – A holistic approach to transformation ensures that a company is positioning itself for long-term success.

All in: From recovery to agility at Spark New Zealand

June 11, 2019 – Three members of the telco’s top team describe the challenges and rewards of implementing agile rapidly—and the power...

The role of growth in a transformation: A conversation with Duncan Miller

September 25, 2019 – Companies that grow the top line while simultaneously expanding their margins thrive and succeed.

What makes an organization ‘healthy’?

March 13, 2019 – Research shows that companies can improve short- and long-term performance by focusing on a small number of carefully selected...

How to ensure the sustainability of a transformation: A conversation with Alejandro Beltrán, Seth Goldstrom, and Matthias Winter

July 26, 2019 – To ensure the sustainability of a transformation, corporate leaders must address organizational health.

Growth transformation: A conversation with Sara Prince

July 24, 2019 – A systematic approach gives companies a proven recipe for managing the complex process of transformative growth.

Growth initiatives in transformation: A conversation with Chris Angevine and Darius Bates

July 22, 2019 – Successful transformations integrate growth plans to shift businesses and move them forward.

Removing roadblocks: A conversation with Seth Goldstrom

July 19, 2019 – A well-functioning transformation office makes sure that activities produce results.

The transformation office: Key success factors

July 16, 2019 – A great transformation office is like a winning coach who pushes and encourages everyone to reach their goals.

The elements of success: A conversation with Jon Garcia and Wesley Walden

July 12, 2019 – Before embarking on a transformation journey, a company must have five prerequisites in place.

Why do most transformations fail? A conversation with Harry Robinson

July 10, 2019 – When 70 percent of transformations fail, a company needs a proven strategy to beat the odds.

Transformation 101: How universities can overcome financial headwinds to focus on their mission

May 22, 2019 – Troubled universities can reset their financial trajectory.

How to transform your airline

January 10, 2019 – Airline transformations are often necessary—and always difficult. We lay out five rules for success.

Keys to a sustainable transformation: A conversation with Seth Goldstrom

March 15, 2019 – Transformations must truly change the trajectory of the organization to thrive over the long run. Here are four essential steps...

Putting people at the heart of public-sector transformations

March 5, 2019 – Transformation in government is a hugely complex undertaking. That makes it critical to get the people component right.

A tale of two agile paths: How a pair of operators set up their organizational transformations

February 4, 2019 – Different approaches illustrate the company and market conditions that guide the structure of teams around work, and the rapid...

Why transformations fail: A conversation with Seth Goldstrom

February 15, 2019 – Transformations can fail for a variety of reasons, but most unsuccessful efforts share some of these ten weaknesses.

Five Fifty: The T-word

March 20, 2018 – Is your corporate transformation doomed to failure? Here’s advice for beating the long odds of success.

Disruption, friction, and change: The hallmarks of a true transformation

October 17, 2017 – A company transformation is a holistic, top-priority endeavor that requires aggressive focus from the management team to reach...

Keeping transformations on target

March 9, 2017 – Analysis of high-stakes transformations reveals a few pragmatic lessons that increase the odds of meeting the organization’s...

Transformation with a capital

November 7, 2016 – Companies must be prepared to tear themselves away from routine thinking and behavior.

The role of the chief transformation officer

November 23, 2016 – The individual charged with leading change must have multiple capabilities.

Sustaining the momentum of a transformation

November 23, 2016 – Five elements can keep bad habits from reasserting themselves.

Setting aspirational targets

November 17, 2016 – Companies should bear in mind four principles during the target-setting part of the transformation process.

The ‘how’ of transformation

May 9, 2016 – In the consumer sector and in many other industries, transformation programs often fail. Creating a “performance infrastructure”...

How private-equity owners lean into turnarounds

January 1, 2016 – PE-backed companies outperform their public counterparts during periods of distress because the owners play a more active role...

Can we talk? Five tips for communicating in turnarounds

April 1, 2015 – In tough times, investors scrutinize every detail. Here’s how to manage the discussion.

Maintaining a long-term view during turnarounds

April 1, 2015 – Changing course demands an intense focus on short-term performance, but success needn’t come at the expense of long-term...

In need of a retail turnaround? How to know and what to do

March 1, 2014 – More than 50 retailers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa have been in distress since the global financial crisis, and many...

Ten tips for leading companies out of crisis

March 1, 2014 – Even good managers can miss the early signs of distress, says IRST’s Doug Yakola, who’s been running recovery...