Transitions are a regular part of life for all organizations, so much so that the phrase "the only constant is change" is a cliché. Transitions takes time and attention and can make unexpected and unworkable claims on senior leadership. Jim Keane supports organizations experiencing a variety of transitions, freeing up senior leaders to focus on the big picture.
The Unexpected Vacancy
An organization with an unexpected vacancy at or near the top faces significant risks. Uncertainty hurts employee morale and culture, which in turn hurts output and productivity and can even affect the safety of your clients. A key vacancy also affects the willingness of donors, investors, clients and customers to stay the course until a regular replacement steps in.
As an experienced nonprofit CEO and senior executive, Jim stands ready to step in and serve as a transitional CEO or executive in the case of an unexpected vacancy. Jim has the judgment, leadership and communication skills to bring stability to the organization during a vacancy transition, and to reassure all of these stakeholders that progress will continue. Jim's approach is to be highly visible and available to employees and external stakeholders and to communicate often and transparently about organizational progress.
He is also avaible as a consulting and coaching resource for internal leaders who are promoted on an interim basis. Temporary promotions can be a great way to give a talented leader a new leadership opportunity, but the new role requires a different focus, new priorities, and a broader range of leadership skills. All of this happens with little warning. At times like this, Jim stands ready to serve as a consultant and coach to this executive and pave the way for a smooth transition for the organization.
The Newly Promoted Executive
Promotions and new appointments are exciting transitions, filled with possibility for a fresh perspective and positive change. However, new roles require the leader to use new skills and apply different priorities, and to interact effectively with different stakeholders. For example, a new C-suite role requires the executive to learn a whole new language - the succinct, compelling language of the board room. Even quick learners are challenged when it comes to effective board room communication - especially in making effective presentations using visual materials and data with limited time.
As an experienced CEO and coach who understands the board room and has coached people through many promotion transitions, Jim can serve as a consultant and coach to this executive and pave the way for success.
Building Key Skills
As organizations evolve over time, leaders must adapt their priorities and leadership approach to respond to new organizational needs. At times leaders find they need help to adapt effectively, from a coach and consultant who is both supportive and collaborative as well as clear and direct about needed change. As an experienced CEO and coach, Jim can serve as a consultant and coach to leaders who need to adapt to new circumstances, to position them for success in a changing environment.
Introducing: Best Practices
As organizations transition to greater performance and impact, best practices make a big difference - whether by improving board engagement, making the planning process more effective, enhancing employee culture and morale...the list can go on. Jim Keane has significant leadership experience with a broad range of best practices at Fortune 50 companies and nonprofits alike and has implemented best practices in a wide range of settings. Jim can work with you to take that next step toward excellence in all aspects of your operation.
Let us know how we can best serve your organization.