Consulting And Advising Your Organization
A major reason why strategies fail is not because of the lack of planning, but because of inexperience in how to lead in the uncertain environment of a changing technology landscape. When implementing new technologies, companies often undergo a fundamental transformation in the way they are organized and managed. Leaders need to be aware of the stresses they will encounter along the way and prepare accordingly. Charlene is available for strategy consulting engagements through her firm, Altimeter Group. Some sample engagements include:
- A large, multinational consumer products company wanted to create a strategy that would integrate social deeply into the organization. Charlene and Altimeter conducted a social media readiness audit to assess where the organization was on 45 different maturity criteria. With input from key stakeholders, Charlene and her team created a strategy that laid out the creation of a “center of excellence” and a road map of how to develop internal resources. Included in the strategy were short, medium, and long-term recommendations as well as detailed advice on what to do — and just as importantly, what not to do.
- An agency engaged Charlene to help it redesign itself and engage its leadership so that it could become Agency 2.0 –- more flexible and hence more responsive to its clients. This included recommendations on how executives need to give up control over who could and should engage with clients.
- A media company was heavily engaged in social media but did not have a coherent plan — or even a formal social media policy. Charlene helped them write and implement a policy as well as a detailed social strategy to guide their current and future engagement with consumer audiences as well as with advertisers. Strategy options were evaluated based on their long term value creation as well as the ability to the company to execute them.