Kilberry works extensively with senior executives to advise them on key decisions related to their people and to help accelerate their own development.

As a senior leader, your legacy will be defined by your ability to make good decisions and generate results. Most of the difficult decisions you will have to make will be around people: who to hire, who to promote, who to fire, how to do it, who to partner with, how to get the most out of your team, etc. No matter how good you are at reading others, people are inherently complex and difficult to really assess. We help you do that. We also help you ramp up your own leadership by taking a step back, evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses, and putting a plan together to accelerate your effectiveness. We enhance your self-insight, confirm or challenge your perspectives, offer unique points of view, and give you real feedback on your impact on others. We identify pivotal experiences that will truly accelerate development and then process your insights with you. We may sit in on a Town Hall or listen to an analyst call. We are your trusted advisors.

“Without question, Richard’s people-driven insights and industry experience have been invaluable to our business.  For years we’ve looked to him for counsel on some of the biggest and most critical executive hiring and succession decisions we’ve had to consider. With respect to my own personal leadership development, I have always found Richard to be immensely helpful in the insights he’s offered.  I would not hesitate to recommend Kilberry Leadership Advisors to any other senior executives seeking a trusted advisor.”
– Mike Pratt, ex-President and COO, Best Buy Canada

The following represent the types of issues we may help you with:

You are hiring a new senior leader (or your company needs to get better at hiring executives in general) – Kilberry assesses top candidates for leadership roles and gives objective, specific recommendations around Hire or No Hire based on deep insight into the business and the person. For candidates that are successful, we offer executive on-boarding services to help them ‘hit the ground running.’

You are transitioning into a new executive role – Kilberry has a unique offering that anticipates the key challenges and complexities of that role (including how to handle internal candidates who did not make the cut), and facilitates a smooth and successful transition into any leadership seat.

You need help with your senior team – Most leaders need to execute their agenda through their people. To help you do this most effectively, Kilberry has a suite of services to assess the players on your team, support key team decisions, and in some cases help you create a team agenda.

You don’t have a successor – From the perspective of business continuity, risk management, and even just the fact that in order for you to feel comfortable moving on you need to have someone to backfill your role, succession planning is critical. In many cases, the existing succession plan involves some names on a paper hidden in your desk or solely residing in your head. Kilberry helps you move it from there to an objective succession plan that identifies key individuals, defines their readiness, and institutes a process for helping them get there for when the time comes to hand over the keys.

You want to ramp up your leadership – Whether you are struggling and need some outside perspective, want to improve your effectiveness in a certain area of leadership, or you need support in preparing for wider scope, Kilberry offers context-driven executive development that truly accelerates executive performance. Beyond coaching, Kilberry’s development programs address the pivot experiences that will generate change.

Change is needed – Companies get stagnant and are susceptible to all sorts of success barriers. Need higher returns – how are you going to stimulate growth? Need to fix a poisonous atmosphere – how are you going to root it out? To get a better handle on culture, including forces that impede results and areas of the organization that present opportunities for growth, Kilberry’s Enterprise Intangibles service uncovers hidden assets and levers for change.

Acquisition – When making an acquisition, the biggest risk is often around management. Kilberry conducts pre-acquisition assessment of the target company’s management team, so that you understand who you are getting and what the implications are for the deal.

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