Leaders of business functions such as HR or Legal are not only are refining the same leadership skills as other management team members. They face the added challenges of integrating a critical but non-operational area of professional expertise into the business in a way that adds maximum value. Significa is an expert in the art of gaining increased credibility and influence for key functional areas.
Common questions asked by Significa clients who are functional leaders include:
Significa is one of the first firms to have studied the evolution of functional departments and what it takes for professional experts to have a true seat at the table with operational colleagues. We are delighted to share helpful roadmaps with our clients who are focused on transforming the role of their function. And we help them build the influencing and navigational skills needed to win support for their ideas and initiatives.
Kathy’s insights on our company and senior leadership team were preternatural. I learned how to navigate our complex internal dynamics gracefully and successfully…while still remaining myself and acting with integrity.
If you have a make-or-break presentation to your management team or board, you can’t afford not to hire Significa. It gave me the edge I needed to win approval of a transformative strategic initiative, and was one of the best investments I’ve made to date in my career.
There were multiple internal and external candidates for the CEO slot. How could I ensure that I made my best case to the board that they should select me? A trusted advisor recommended that I retain Significa. Within three months of working with Kathy, I went from being merely one of many possibilities to being the top candidate…..and I ultimately became CEO. Not only did Kathy help me better understand what boards want and how to position myself; she also helped me be a better leader and CEO. I highly recommend Significa if you aspire to senior level roles.
Kathy’s ability to read a situation and manage it skillfully……and to help you grow your own ability to do that…..is amazing! I became a better and more accomplished leader.
I’m not a political person, but on the other hand, I don’t think you can ignore this side of things when you’re a senior executive. You have to be able to move your ideas forward effectively. Kathy helped me feel more comfortable and skillful with this. And my win rate became consistently higher.
By the end of our work together, my leadership influence and impact had increased so substantially that the company created a brand new global role for me at our UK headquarters, something I had not anticipated. …… None of my peers made a similar leap. Working with Kathy either helped me achieve better outcomes or got me there much faster than I would have had on my own.