Results Delivery®

What we do

What We Offer:

  • Bain Results Delivery® Office: Emphasize coaching and capability building to improve your organization’s capacity for change and deliver the results of change programs.
  • Bain Transformation Catalyst: Reenergize stalled or struggling transformations, helping you achieve full potential results.
  • Bain Co-creation Approach / Center of Excellence: Unleash the collective power of your people to deliver innovative insights, cohesive teams and faster results.
  • Bain Behavior Change Approach / Center of Excellence: Prioritize the behaviors that matter most to your organization’s change program and inspire their adoption throughout the company, from the frontline to the executive suite.
  • Bain Leadership Approach / Center of Excellence: Inspire—and rewire—senior leaders and teams to ensure that their shared purpose is reflected in the way they work with the broader organization.
  • Bain also offers specialized tools to support leaders through change management programs and transformations. For instance, Bain Results Accelerator is a cloud-based tool that provides seamless visibility into all facets of change realization.

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Our perspective

Managing change effectively is a source of competitive advantage, yet few organizations do it well.

In a Bain survey, 70 percent of companies said they failed to realize the expected results from recent change initiatives. That rate hasn't changed from similar surveys we conducted in the 1980s and 1990s. And the environment for change is only getting more complex.

A study of 184 global companies and decades of experience with our clients has helped us create a differentiated point of view of what truly drives results.

Change is predictable

Typical change management suggests that much about change is irrational and hard to predict. In fact, delivery risks are highly predictable, measurable and manageable. Most change management programs stall because organizations fail to consider risks of change delivery and implementation. A simple risk assessment at the outset can identify specific risks early, and providing a simple, practical set of actions that dramatically improve the odds of success.

Go beyond installation

Many organizations install a change successfully, but then stumble when they try to realize the anticipated benefits. Installation is relatively easy–it's like designing a new playbook in the sports world. To realize the benefits of the new book, the players have to start using the new plays. That's the hard part: It requires changing the way people behave. Executives who fail to identify and manage the few critical behaviors that need to change will face an uphill battle. The biggest difference between successful and unsuccessful change efforts is breaking past installation and onto realization.

Build a Sponsorship Spine

For any transformational change to succeed, people have to think and work differently. And to get these new behaviors to stick, they need to be reinforced and celebrated by a connected group of sponsors throughout the organization, the Sponsorship Spine. The direct line boss has the greatest influence over individual behaviors. That is why it's essential to build a Sponsorship Spine from the bottom up. An unbroken chain from the frontline to the C-suite will ensure that people at every level understand their roles and are ready to engage. Sponsorship is a cascading process and a "black hole" anywhere along the line will stop the change process below it. Program managers and senior leaders must continually monitor the health of the Sponsorship Spine, because it is essential to achieving results. If sponsors prove ineffective, they should be coached or, if necessary, replaced.

Realizing results is not easy. It takes time, focus, determination and planning for a future where, even with the best of intentions, things are likely to veer off course. Bain is a partner with the experience to help navigate these tricky waters and help your organization deliver lasting results.

Our Results Delivery approach is grounded in the following guiding principles:

  • Help individuals succeed: Organizations don't change, people do. To get results, individuals must behave differently. Identify the vital few behaviors that drive the most results, and reinforce them with timely, positive and consistent consequences. Invest in coaching to develop individual capabilities. Build motivation for the change by shifting communication toward a two-way dialogue.
  • Bring the future to life: Create a clear and compelling vision for the future. Ensure that leaders are aligned, committed to this vision and ready to enroll the entire organization. Develop solutions that are credible and create pull for the change.
  • Inspire deep commitment: Develop leadership talent and ensure that leaders work effectively together. Build a healthy Sponsorship Spine: apply an intentional process to cascade commitment along the spine through the front line and activate key influencers.
  • Deliver the value: Develop a realistic transformation plan informed by the organization's capacity to implement and absorb change; establish a governance structure to ensure effective, efficient decision-making. Maintain a focus on realization while creating the plan and measuring progress.
  • Build to sustain: Modify the organizational enablers—roles, structure and culture—and adapt systems and technology to support the change. Establish feedback loops and response mechanisms to enable solutions to evolve as needed to ensure enduring results.

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Our team

Results Delivery is integral to all of our client engagements. All Bain teams have experience with this area; however, we have a core team of experts that is dedicated to our Results Delivery approach. We work as an integrated part of your team, from frontline to C-suite, to deliver true results and make the changes stick.

Our team

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