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Culture Is The Silver Bullet

To change anything, we need to have the courage to acknowledge our current reality. Culture is a way to drive behavior as it is a way to align people with shared values to support each other to overcome challenges and achieve ambitious goals in an efficient and meaningful way. Your company’s culture is the foundation of your company’s behavior and it impacts everything from productivity, engagement and customer loyalty, to the speed of innovation, retention of talent, growth, and, of course, profitability.

Culturally-driven companies have 18 percent more revenue per employee than the average. However, only 15 percent of employees globally are engaged in their work, according to Gallup research. A defining characteristic for high achieving companies is a strong and empowering culture.

If we as leaders commit to designing and scaling people and purpose-centric cultures, high performers aligned with both our purpose and strengthened culture will be attracted to our companies and pursuits. 

They are best positioned to become our company’s next leaders, showing up every day fully committed, focused, and excited to make a difference. However, if we choose to ignore the importance of cultural and behavioral design, this will have negative implications for our companies in the long run. As we now know, thriving cultures can be designed, but it takes the decision, courage, and endurance to fully invest and raise to the next level.

High Achievers thrive alongside fellow High Achievers, and they attract each other. They outperform the average worker by 10 percent in productivity, 20 percent in sales and 30 percent in profitability.*

Fully Customized Cultural Design Programs

We have built proprietary frameworks proven to deliver transformative change in fast-growing companies. Below is a selection of our custom-designed projects focused on culture, leadership, and growth:

Codifying Culture is designed to create a strong cultural foundation to be used for effective leadership initiatives, recruitment, and accountability.

Recruiting on Cultural Fit is a scalable and methodical recruitment model focused on mindset, cultural and value alignment.

Scaling a High Achiever Culture is designed to keep the best people, your High Achievers, performing and thriving.

Strategic Direction and Growth is often delivered as an off-site, followed by an executive coaching program for your management team.

Bespoke Programs are fully customized initiatives that span extensive cultural transformations as well as targeted projects covering culture, leadership, commercialization, recruitment, training, and growth.

The team has been fantastic. Therése has helped us clarify what our culture already is and helped us set goals for the future.

– Co-founders, CEO and COO, from a series A-backed Boston startup

Highlighted Case Studies and Success Stories From Founder/Executive Coaching and Cultural Design Programs

To give you a feel for what’s possible, please find a selected number of studies from clients below:

10x’ing Their Average Deal Size

Client: Serial Founder and CEO of a Series-A health-tech company in the US.

Challenge: Scaling up yearly revenue and closing large commercial partnerships to secure market share.

Result: The underlying challenge was a disconnect between the goals, strategies, and priorities within the company, especially between the engineering and commercial teams. Steps taken included aligning the company around a united vision and strengthening their culture, followed by a targeted commercial strategy focused on clearer dream personas and value propositions. These initiatives resulted in increasing the average deal size by more than ten times.

Therése and the CEO’s continued collaboration led to commercial partnerships with three out of the four largest players in their industry, significantly positioning the shareholders for a profitable exit.

Saving an 9.7 million USD ARR
Subsidiary from Collapsing


Client:
Founder and CEO of a fast-growing SaaS company in Europe, with 145 million USD in annual revenue and a significant presence in 38 countries.

Challenge: One of their subsidiaries was about to crash with 9.7 million USD in annual revenue.

Result: Therése and the CEO analyzed the situation to uncover the root cause. Together they developed in-depth strategies and advanced techniques to launch a cultural transformation and make the necessary personnel changes. This solution followed the realignment of business operations, which strengthened the commitment of high achievers, ultimately saving the business.

Realigning and Launching
a Successful Impact Fund


Client:
Highly empathic lead investor with 20+ years of experience in New York.

Challenge: Uniting and realigning investors and management to successfully launch an innovative fund of funds.

Results: Therése and the founding partner uncovered the underlying challenges to realize the inspired vision for the fund, which included a new launch strategy, management team alignment, and cultural foundation. Together they worked on addressing each challenge and unified the management team around the new strategic direction and action plan. This was quickly followed by successfully closing the funding round with new partners and launching their first targeted investments.

From CTO to CEO – Succeeding as the Leader of a Fast-Growing Startup

Client: Founder and CEO of a series-A BioTech company in Boston.

Challenge: Transforming a highly technical and scientifically brilliant Founder into an effective CEO.

Results: This serial Founder and former CTO who focused on technical development and intellectual property, had previously started and successfully sold two companies prior to launching this startup as a CEO. The underlying challenges were mainly connected to the different skill sets required as a CEO – being in the driver’s seat of a highly specialized team while also focusing on fundraising, recruiting talent, keeping the culture thriving, and pitching the startup to audiences around the world. During this personal and professional transformation, the Founder grew into an effective and visionary leader, launching multiple products, closing major partnerships, raising venture capital, and successfully growing the company into a dominant player within their niche. While working with Therése, the Founder was also able to stay true to his roots as a High Achieving Empathic Giver.

From Corporate Executive to Startup Founder of a Product Company


Client:
An aspiring Founder with 10+ years of corporate experience and an MBA from INSEAD.

Challenge: Transforming from corporate life into being a successful founder and launching her first product.

Results: The underlying challenges were learning to thrive in unstructured environments, how to peak her daily performance, keep her wellbeing high, and continue creating momentum in a completely new setting. Therése and the Founder created new strategies based upon her strengths, values and goals through an actionable customer-centric approach which enabled her to build her company. This resulted in a deep sense of achievement and bringing an innovative new product to market.

Tripling The Equity Stake

Client: First-time Founder and CEO of a Series-B biotech company in the US.

Challenge: During the company’s series-B funding round, the CEO was at risk of being diluted further and only left with 3 percent of his business.

​Result: The first step was to identify key issues that included board and investor relations, corporate positioning, and competing priorities. Therése helped the CEO develop sophisticated negotiation strategies and tactics to strengthen him personally and professionally against a combated board. Together, their work resulted in a closed funding round with a 9.5 percent equity stake, and the CEO earned renewed confidence from the board and company.

Designing His Best Life After
a Successful Company Exit

Client: Founder and former CEO of a successful series-B Life Science company.

Challenge: Reconnecting with self-sovereignty after complete immersion in his company for over a decade.

Results: After over a decade of complete focus on launching and scaling his company, he realized that he hadn’t made time for himself or self-discovery. After successfully exiting his company, he faced the challenges and complexity of the open road ahead with too many options and requests. Instead of jumping right back into the startup world, Therése and the Founder worked on his deep self-discovery and personal alignment as well as the pursuit of his legacy. This journey led him to a place where he is in the best shape of his life, has a deep sense of self, and acts with intention and meaning in every part of his life.

Turning a Brilliant Scientist with a Successful Corporate Career into a Thriving Startup CEO

Client: Founder and CEO of a successful startup within MedTech in Boston.

Challenge: Mastering the startup CEO rollercoaster of a million things to do while keeping himself and his teams delivering strong results.

Results: This Founder's underlying challenges were balancing briefings from lab studies, pitching investors, getting ready for FDA approval, and later commercialization all at the same time. Together with Therése, they worked on designing and scaling a thriving culture while building out the team with complementary competencies and a strong cultural alignment, training the Founder in pitching and negotiating effectively, and helping him grow into the leader he always wanted to be.

Codifying a Startup's Culture to Keep and Attract the Best Talent During Extreme Growth

Client: Founding team of a series-A startup within Artificial Intelligence in the US.

Challenge: Keep their current team members highly engaged and thriving while more than doubling their workforce within three months.

Results: Therése and her team worked closely with the CEO and the founding team to codify and strengthen their culture in order to impact everything from core leadership philosophies, recruitment processes, delegation and accountability to new KPI's and internal rituals to celebrate successes. Upon completion of the projects the company celebrated its reinforced identity and grew with an increased confidence and speed, setting themselves up for their next stage of growth.

Successfully Scaling a Fast-Growing Multinational by Connecting a Thriving Culture with Corporate Performance

Client: Founder and CEO of a fast-growing SaaS company in Europe with over 145 million USD in annual revenue and a significant presence in 38 countries.

Challenge: Developing and strengthening a thriving culture through significant growth and international expansion.

Results: The underlying challenges for this Founder was managing international growth without diluting their culture from an influx of new people while driving exceptional performance and more than doubling their revenue. The Founder and Therése together developed innovative strategies and processes to drive a thriving people and purpose-centric culture throughout the organization connecting their culture directly with their performance. The new initiatives achieved the company’s targets ahead of schedule expanding into new countries and significantly increasing revenue in multiple markets. The company has continued accelerating with a strengthening culture dedicated to their core values and ambitious vision.

Our Philosophy on Company Culture

Did you know?

  • Culturally-driven companies have 18% more revenue per employee than the average.*

  • The cost of one bad hire alone can exceed $25,000.*

  • Lack of leadership capability costs U.S. corporations up to $550 billion annually.*

  • Millennials will be 50% of the global workforce by 2020.*

  • Only 15% of employees globally are engaged in their work.*

High achieving companies are characterized by their strong and empowering culture
If you are not actively investing in your culture you are at risk for ending up with a mediocre culture or, even worse – a toxic one. By intentionally designing a thriving people and purpose-centric culture you can successfully scale your company and become a star in your field.

Your company culture is the foundation of your company behavior
Culture is a way to drive behavior. It is a way to align people with shared values to support each other in overcoming challenges and achieving ambitious goals in an efficient and meaningful way. It impacts everything from productivity, engagement, and customer loyalty, to the speed of innovation, retention of talent, growth, and, of course, profitability.

Imagine… 
Imagine your company where everyone is thriving and performing as their best selves, contributing to your vision and moving beyond your dreams.

Imagine showing up to your weekly management meeting where everyone in the team is buzzing with the excitement of all the achievements made during the week. Being constantly in awe of all the magic and initiatives your teams continuously bring to life. Experiencing seamless collaboration between your commercial and engineering teams during co-creation sessions with your dream persona tribes. Leading inspiring board meetings where you present strong financial and cultural impact results month after month. Celebrating with your sales teams the closing of the biggest deals in the history of your company. And feeling a daily sense of accomplishment, and smiling at the realization that everyone is united in achieving your ambitious goals.

How do you get there?
With a thriving culture as an ever-increasing competitive advantage, the questions you need to consider are: What is the true state of your culture? What can you do today to ensure you are well-positioned to attract and keep the best talent? And finally, how will you utilize the power of cultural and behavioral design to stay ahead of your competition in the days, weeks, and months ahead? 

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Highlighted Endorsements from Clients and Partners

I’ve personally recommended her to many of my founder friends who have subsequently gone on to refer her to their friends – a testament to her continued impact

Having founded three companies over the years, I realized one important thing along the way – you can never afford to stop learning. As each company grew from a handful to hundreds of people, the challenges have rarely been the same, so after 15 years of start-ups, I had the pleasure of meeting and engaging Therese to be my personal founder/executive coach.

While I’ve worked with other “coaches” in the past, none of them had the extraordinary and rare combination of skills and experience that I found with Therése: she’s a founder herself, she’s worked with an international cohort of clients (giving her a uniquely diverse perspective), she’s a sought-after keynote speaker on business culture and lifestyle design (which are key for any entrepreneur or executive).

Her programs are rooted in a behavioral science framework that allows each client to have a highly curated plan to achieve lifestyle and professional leadership goals; she then coaches you within a support structure that helps you stay accountable and ultimately catalyze the transformations you are seeking. By teaching you how to design and scale a strong culture, she shows you how to align the key pillars of leadership, recruitment, and strategy to grow your business.

She is always well-prepared and proactive in her teachings to ensure that her clients maximize the value of the programs. When I talk about Therése with fellow founders, I often refer to her as a “founder therapist” – someone that can empathize and share the burden of your journey and help you navigate successfully. I’ve personally recommended her to many of my founder friends who have subsequently gone on to refer her to their friends – a testament to her continued impact.

– Sridhar Iyengar, Founder & CEO at Elemental Machines

Therése is extremely talented across the board and with her determination, no industry is safe from disruption

Therése has the ability to create magic – constantly, it seems. With loads of creativity and determination, Therése has demonstrated a remarkable ability to create exceptional value from limited resources. She is a phenomenal startup CEO, an incredible leader and she has an amazing passion for empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential. I’m proud to vouch for her, because I’ve seen from the inside how she works and what she does to always deliver – both on stage as a keynote speaker and behind-the-scenes in business.Therése is extremely talented across the board and with her determination, no industry is safe from disruption.

— Tony Friede, Investment Manager at VINNOVA

The team has been fantastic

The team has been fantastic. Therése has helped us clarify what our culture already is and helped us set goals for the future.

Working with Therése and her team had been really great. Super responsive and super organized. I was only in some of the sessions, but the sessions I was part of, I thought it was amazing how you were able to pull out what was important for all of us, and we didn’t really know it.

It’s been great. I think it has been very methodical. You are very methodical, Therése. Your team is very diligent. You turn things around quickly and work all different timezones.

– Co-founders, CEO and COO, from a series A-backed Boston startup

I call her my stand-in co-founder for a reason

Committed, empathetic, determined, conscientious, generous – the words to describe Therése brilliance are many. I’ve worked with Therése in two capacities: as a fellow consultant in strategy and business development projects, and as a founder coach when I started my own company. As a consultant, she is what I call a “straight shooter” – someone with incredible intellectual horse-power and sound reasoning – with a deep understanding of people and team dynamics. This translates into the kind of leader that sets clear goals, priorities, and execution plans, while keeping the team connected and motivated.

As a coach, this rare combination of clarity and care stands out again. Therése has the clarity (and stamina) to sort through chaos effectively and the real care that makes people reconnect to their values and mission. From a single session with Therése, you can expect to go from lost and helpless to grounded and energized. She gets people out of their narratives and into the present, and the focus needed at the moment to co-create with her the strategies, tactics, and action plans needed to make the most of the current opportunity. I call her my stand-in co-founder for a reason.

— Raquel Rojo Calderón, Leadership Advisor, Strategy and Culture Consultant

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