What we do
Fun vivid fast-paced business-relevant simulations – with insights that leaders can apply immediately for a rapid ROI and quick positive impact on their team culture
Assess innovation-readiness and leadership acumen – for insights that take you further than your own gut-feel or blink
Action-learning to develop high-potential leaders for bigger broader enterprise-growth assignments – with gameification, case study insights, skill practice, immediate application and a 3X ROI
Strengthen executive presence and pitch prep – for positive investor, board, bizdev and team mobilization impact
Coach executives and high-potentials to overcome defensive thinking traps – replace fear and reluctance with Courage – mobilize diverse matrix teams – strengthen accountability – be ready for rapid promotion
Shape your organization’s culture – so diverse perspectives are a renewable resource and so your brand is authentic, real and imbedded into your organization’s DNA
Build courage – so high-potentials with knowledge, know-how and foresight step up, lean in, listen and speak out to PowerUP brilliance
Whom we assist
C-Level Executives, Managing Directors and Business Owners – accelerate transformations, market access, scale-up, accountability – increase joy, decrease stress, multiply wealth – with Courage to inspire, delegate and empower
Department heads – boost the impact and influence of their functions – mobilize the matrix – profit from diverse cross-functional perspectives – contribute more as innovation accelerators, risk mitigators, trusted advisors and profit generators
HR thought leaders – upgrade and enrich their High-Potential Leadership Programs, Performance Management, Transformation, Change Leadership, key talent selections and post-M&A Integrations
Investor Relations, Sales and BizDev leaders – sharpen their pitches – woo and wow investors and strategic partners – project more confidence, presence and agility – shift from opportunistic order-takers to value-creating solution providers
Innovation and product leaders – accelerate timelines with support and co-ordination for capital-efficient wealth-creation
Event planners and conference organizers – spice up their sales conferences, leadership retreats, corporate universities and global department meetings with a PowerUP simulation or pep talk and a practical call to action
Where it’s worked
Global 500 corporations and mid-sized enterprises, entrepreneurial start-ups, government agencies, healthcare and economic development institutions. A partial list includes:
Abbott • AbbVie • Acceleration Systems • ACE-INA (Chubb) • Aetna • Alnylam • Amdocs • Amersham (GE Healthcare) • ARAMARK • Arqule • Atlantic Concrete Cutting • Baptist Houston • Bayer • BIND • Bradmer • Cambia Health • Canadian Trade Commissioner Canadian Technology Accelerator • Cardiome • Catholic Social Services (Phila) • Chandler Hall • Chemical Leaman • CIGNA • Comcast • Dept of Works & Pensions (UK) • Dollar Financial • DSTA • Elan • Eli Lilly • EpiX • Fonterra • Fredericks of Hollywood • GSK • Genentech Roche • Gillette • Golan Kibbutz Association • Greenleaf Asia • Health Canada • Hotel Communication Network • IBM • Illinois Tool Works • ING • iAngels • Infinity • Intel • IRI (GE Capital) • Israel Electric (Chevrat Cheshmal) • ITI (Scottish Development) • Johnson and Johnson • kgb • KeyCorp • Keiretsu Forum Mid Atlantic & SouthEast US • Lockheed Martin • Lucent • MC • Maccabi • Medgenics • Merck • Millennium • MIT • Mobilex • Montgomery Ward • Motorola • MRC-T • NASA • Neiman Marcus • New Israel Fund • Norsk Hydro • Operative Experience • OpisoftCare • Orion Capital • Pacira Pharmaceuticals • Paribas • Peachtree Software • PennDOT • PaDEP • PaDER • Penn State • Pennswood • Pep Boys • Pinnacle Health • Pfizer • PowderJect • PSERS • Quaker Chemical • Quintiles • Rafa”el • Rand McNally • Raster Graphics • Reckitt Benckiser • Regenovation • Sanofi • Selecta • Serena Hotels • SGS • Solvay • Sustainable Waste Power Systems • Temple University Fox School • Veloxis • VWR International • WarpDrive Bio • Webster • 20/20 Gene Systems • Anonymous Japanese Pharmaceutical Corporation • Anonymous US Dental Equipment Company • Anonymous Canadian, Israeli, Japanese and US HealthIT, AdTech, Pharma and FinTech Companies
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Portfolio Management was on the defensive. They expected co-operation when they shared market intelligence with the engineers. But the VP Engineering rejected their recommendations. Cynical emails volleyed back and forth – from engineering on one continent to development elsewhere, bypassing Portfolio Managers. Adoption was stagnant. Customers were turning elsewhere for upgrades that the company should have been selling. That’s where PowerUP Growth Partners came in.
With workshops and peer coaching, Portfolio Managers learned to challenge the engineers – with courage to build an innovation partnership and ignite creativity. They learned to step up and take charge when they faced opposition — to make better decisions together. They learned to ennoble colleagues, transform defensive thinking into generative possibilities, bridge diverse perspectives and personalities. They learned to show up as problem-solvers and accelerators, not critics or nay-sayers.
By Leading from the Middle, the Portfolio Managers:
- Partnered with other departments to upgrade product specs
- Passed customer review boards and won over customer advocates
- Accelerated product adoption by almost a year for an accelerated customer ROIC
- Generated 2X revenue by cross-selling with other business units
- Rebranded products with marketing and generated breakthrough sales gains
- Saved tens of millions of dollars on better and more stable configurations
- Strengthened their confidence, credibility and personal effectiveness
- Increased their visibility as high-potentials on the fast-track for promotion
As a leader in a discipline like Marketing, Customer Support, Enterprise Project Management, Finance, Regulatory, HR, Quality, Pharmacoeconomics, Supply Chain, Procurement, Audit, Formulation or others, you too can PowerUP profitable innovation and lift teams above politics, turf battles, hierarchy traps, silo myopia and the bias against creativity.
A start-up landed a co-development deal and received a big up-front payment. They had to scale up quickly to meet aggressive milestones. The CEO had to delegate and empower, rather than continuing to oversee, critique and approve every team decision. That’s where Courage came in.
For the CEO, “courage” no longer meant long hours and solo heroics to cover all the bases and plug all the holes. It now meant hiring the best – bona-fide experts who knew more than she and could open doors that she could not budge. And holding them accountable for results, not just doing their jobs.
For veteran middle managers, “courage” meant sharing data and resources with newcomers, inviting them to critique your work, providing support when they took charge and introduced new practices. And, for teams on the side of the ocean for the firm was founded, “courage” meant getting past win/lose rivalries and flexing seamlessly to work with colleague in the sister location.
Their growth looked like magic. But ask this CEO and she’ll tell you that it took coaching, workshops and personal stretching for the start-up team to:
- Add talent who can take you forward, not just the easiest-to-find recruits
- Empower newcomers to challenge and upgrade best practices
- Sustain a work hard/play hard innovation culture as you add financial controls and quality systems • Enlarge your reach for global multi-site management
- Orchestrate projects with far more complexity and moving parts
- Reinvent the CEO’s communication and decision-making rhythms to hold leaders accountable without second-guessing or directing exactly what to do
- Take initiative and solve problems without waiting for permission or consensus
If you and your CEO face inflection points like these you face as you scale up your enterprise.
Field Engineers “just followed orders” and kept customers happy – but their unbillable time made the business unprofitable. When they stuck to their contracts and charged for their service, customers balked and Account Managers capitulated. That’s where Courage came in.
A Lead from the Middle workshop brought Field Engineers and Account Managers together to re-negotiate their hand-offs and cross-functional service agreements. Protocols were customized for 14 different countries and cultural differences on punctuality, face-saving and respect for formal hierarchy. Negotiation skills were upgraded. After the workshops, new Performance Management systems were introduced to the Regional Managers – to hold teams accountable for profit and drive cross-functional win/win collaboration. In less than a quarter, the enterprise was profitable. Productivity increased 150% and sustained high Net Promoter Scores.
Other clients reinvented their go-to-market strategies and monetized value-adding services. Each time, driving profit took:
- A team effort from sales, marketing, operations, IT, HR, finance and others
- A strong and empirically valid business case fine-tuned for local cultures
- Win/win generative problem solving – to present a united front
- New and upgraded skills to convert contentious issues into active support
- Innovative thinking to see what needs your customers will pay a premium to fill after your old product offerings are commoditized
- Courage – to jazz teams up, step in, reach out and lift everyone’s game
If you need to accelerate strategy-execution, rethink your service mix and drive profit in a competitive market, click here to start a PowerUP dialogue >>
With an infusion of capital, an innovative biomedical company expanded their development team to include luminaries in four different countries. The scientific and regulatory hurdles were formidable and breakthroughs had to be discovered quickly. There was no time or capital to waste on politics, turf-battles or stopping work so all 30 team members could huddle on a video conference to take a single decision. That’s where Courage came in.
1:1 coaching for Project Orchestrators equipped leaders to re-think old notions about engagement and buy-in – to pick up the pace, use work hours efficiently, take crisper decisions and sharpen each others thinking without getting defensive. Team workshops equipped brilliant scientists and business luminaries to bridge cultural differences – and appreciate the virtues of one culture that was blunt and direct and a second culture that was solicitous and consensus-seeking. The result of this new collaboration was a successful regulatory submission in record time, a defendable patent and a co-development deal worth $150 million to the enterprise. Wow.
Other clients have achieved:
- Effective collaborations between Israelis and Anglos, Danes and Americans, Koreans and Chinese, Kenyans and South Africans, Kiwis and Australians, Japanese, Dutch and Americans, French, German, Canadians and Americans, Singaporian and Indian – among other cultural differences
- Best practices to orchestrate and synchronize across time zones
- Asynchronous information sharing and synchronous decision making
- Efficient preparation for dossier submissions and proposal presentations
If you need to improve your orchestration across nationalities, timezones, levels of management and disciplines, click here to start a PowerUP dialogue >>
With the stroke of a pen, the old organization structure was retired. Suddenly no one knew where they stood – or how their careers might advance. Goodbye, chains-of-command. Hello, task forces and product teams, initiatives and centres of excellence. Leaders lacked authority to crack the whip and move things forward, but everyone could stop to say, “Whoa! My voice hasn’t been heard!” That’s where PowerUP Growth Partners came in.
A change-readiness assessment gave centres of excellence feedback about their courage to execute – and a recipe for action with the 5 PowerUP Steps. Lead from the Middle workshops cut through the chaos and clarified roles. Within 6 months, the board was more confident in management’s resource-allocation recommendations. They achieved a 30% improvement in efficiency with collaborative resource management rather than duplication amongst fiefdoms. And were collaborating across lines of business to win larger sales and secure multi-service contracts.
After a year, no one said matrix management was simple. Or felt it made life easier. But engagement scores showed that most leaders thrived on the challenge and enjoyed greater visibility and empowerment, Leading from the Middle. PowerUP Growth Partners has equipped dozens of enterprises to get the most from matrix structures, as:
- Government agencies now co-ordinate activities instead of litigating disputes
- Global pharma companies rely on Regulatory, Safety, Finance, Formulation and other disciplines as shared resources
- Non-core functions are outsourced to providers who do them best
- Knowledge-sharing is greater as best practices transfer amongst project teams
If matrix management is a reality that requires go-to luminaries to step in, reach out and Lead from the Middle, click here to start a PowerUP dialogue >>
On paper, the deal looked perfect. Each enterprise needed a presence in the other company’s market. It was touted as a “merger of equals.” But now that they had to work together, they began to jockey for hegemony. Their cultures could not be more different – a scrappy off-shore VC-backed start-up and a spinout from a conservative US corporation. That’s where PowerUP Growth Partners came in.
Neckties. The dress code brought the conflict to a head. Would they operate as a high-tech fun-house with breakthrough discoveries — or a serious business-minded technology company focused on deals and profits? Would the new President be allowed to show up in jeans or dress formally like the old CEO?
The tension was palpable when the two executive teams first met. “You can’t tell me what to pay in my business unit,” a Founder/VP barked at a Director of HR in tears before the meeting started. Every issue was contentious. The CEO and President joked politely, but their values clashed – a take-no-hostages bully in jeans and a smooth listen-and-empower leader in a suit and tie. The board wanted both of them retained.
The team came together – with workshops that included Lead from the Middle skill-building and PowerUP Dialogues. They defined a new Vision and Values. They shifted from either/or “who takes charge” standoffs to “what can we learn from each other” exchanges.
With 1:1 coaching and 360-based performance management, the culture of brilliance and initiative eclipsed that of power-politics and compliance.
Then came the work – culling through their two product portfolios to decide what should be funded, shelved or divested. And culling through the talent, to decide was best suited for which positions. If you need to bring teams together and make your integration work, click here for a PowerUP dialogue >>
This was no dress rehearsal. The investors were ready. The CEO had 12 minutes to make her pitch and 6 more for Q&A. The science was elegant and advanced. And the business model required some explanation. It all came down to this – would they “get it” and be wow’d?
No wonder a prominent angel investment group, bringing entrepreneurs from Israel to North America, engaged Courage to sharpen up the pitches and smoothly deal with questions and concerns in a way that raised investor confidence.
No wonder a prominent global engineering firm, putting engineers in front of capital expenditure review boards, engaged Courage to sharpen up the presentations and dramatize the risks that would be mitigated with new fire safety and fraud detection systems.
No wonder a global pharmaceutical company, putting European scientists and physicians in front of North American regulatory and reimbursement hearings, engaged PowerUP Growth Partners to respond to tough questions in a direct, fact-based and sympathetic way.
No wonder project managers and product leaders rehearsed their portfolio review presentations before standing in front of their executive committee and board — knowing their initiatives and careers were on the line.
Each of these enterprise-critical presentations achieved the goals. In each case, management understood – they could not afford to ask, “What more could we have done to wow the investors, woo the regulators or win the business?” It had to hit the mark. And did.
If you need Courage to put your best foot forward – in a natural presentation style – and win support, click here for a PowerUP dialogue >>
The lead engineer was technically brilliant. She set high standards. She could zero in and find flaws before anyone else. But her people-skills created fear and resentment. And her zero-tolerance for anything less than perfection actually shut people down and discouraged initiative. When someone was needed to head a new complex enterprise-critical project, this engineer was the obvious choice. Until management discovered that no one wanted to work with her.
Fortunately, the CTO decided enough was enough. He engaged Courage for executive coaching. With feedback, guidance and mediation, the Lead Engineer turned things around with her team and used her power and prowess to unleash brilliance, ignite a sense of urgency and inspire esprit de corps. Instead of continuing on the trajectory to a career that was red-lining, she is now a high-potential and is being tapped for plum assignments and fast-tracked for promotion. Because of the success her teams have achieved – and how much they have grown working with her – people are now asking to be transfered into her Project Teams.
This is success we’ve had with:
- CEOs and COOs who need to mobilize more support – among employees or their boards
- Technical experts who need to wrestle down key issues and get risks mitigated
- Advisors who need to win support for counter-intuitive ideas – or investments
- Managers who have to raise the bar on performance and quality – quickly
- Leaders assigned to foreign cultures or unfamiliar professional disciplines
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A global scientific equipment company was poised for growth. But they did not have the benchstrength to promote the next generation of leaders to higher and broader levels of responsibility – or to deal with the demands of a more demanding, complex and competitive market. That’s where PowerUP Growth Partners came in.
To prepare leaders to step up, lead change, lift standards and orchestrate cross-functional and cross line-of-business activities, the 5 PowerUP Steps provided a perfect roadmap for this company’s Director and AVP candidates.
Our hands-on simulations and live-action rehearsals spiced up the program and provided vivid learn-by-doing skill-building.
Our experts gave thought-provoking keynotes — live and by webinar.
Our executive roundtables gave high-potential up-and-coming leaders an opportunity to share and learn from the corporation’s C-level executives.
PowerUP Leadership profiles gave these high potential executives practical feedback about their impact and showed them what, exactly, they could do to Lead from the Middle and orchestrate in a matrix structure.
And action learning delivered a solid ROI with enterprise-critical business outcomes.
If you want your investment in leadership development to retain key talent, equip them to advance, build their skills and deliver a quick ROI, click here for a PowerUP dialogue >>