Getting senior leaders to change


This morning I spent a few hours with some leaders who are facing very challenging times in their company. The competitive environment is extremely tough, margins are thin, and the budget is stretched tight. People are on the edge of burnout from the unknowns and stress involved. Yet that's not the challenge these leaders are most concerned about.

"How do we help our senior leaders understand the impact of their behavior? Sure, our situation is pretty lousy - yet our biggest challenge is the low morale we have to deal with. And morale continues to take hits from how our leaders are and are not showing up."

We spent some time together working through a process that surfaces and aligns the needs of the business, the senior leaders, and finally of the leaders in the room. The group was able to create a set of cascading needs that they can present to their leaders to get the support to make a bigger difference.

Steve Marshall 

Steve Marshall 

Of course, coming up with the list is just the first step. Next is arranging the discussion(s) to enlist their leaders' help in doing a better job achieving the business goals.

Chris Hutchinson, CEO

Chris Hutchinson, CEO

PS Steve Marshall sent me a short post from HBR on Getting Senior Leaders to Change. Very appropriate and on target.


Chris Hutchinson

As CEO of Trebuchet Group, Chris Hutchinson thrives working with clients and his team to improve organizational clarity, teamwork, and leadership impact.

After years of building Legos® and tree houses around the world, Chris earned his Mechanical Engineering degree and followed that with an MBA. His experiences in the military and the business world taught him great leadership can be learned, and everyone is in some way a leader.

Clients and peers describe him as an inspirational catalyst for positive change. He is the author of Ripple - A Field Manual for Leadership That Works.

Chris and his wife live, garden, and bike in Fort Collins, Colorado, and have four children. He has an unrequited love affair with brownies.