KLI Consulting helps clients tackle the
leadership, change management and employee engagement
challenges involved in running a successful business.

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KLI helps businesses increase their ability to lead and drive change; a source of real competitive advantage.

The only way you can manage change is to create it. By the time you catch up to change, the competition is ahead of you."

Peter Drucker

Services

Getting practical, we can help your business by:

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Developing your female talent. When it comes to building a pipeline of female talent, companies typically rely on training programmes and family friendly HR policies. While these are helpful, what makes it harder for a woman rather than a man to thrive in the same organisation is often subtle and complex. Uncovering and understanding the multiple facets involved for your business and their respective weighting will help you to develop a powerful female development and retention approach.

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Coaching executives using our customised, data driven approach. We don’t believe in any one standard approach but are skilled at drawing on the best psychometric tools and latest thinking to meet the needs of the individual. We conduct 360 degree feedback reviews, pinpoint the required behavioural and cognitive shifts, identify derailment risks and create practical development plans. We help successful leaders to refine and refocus their capabilities and ultimately increase their impact.

For a guide on getting the most out of coaching see this article on Navigating the executive coaching jungle [PDF].

"People trust and follow leaders who comprehend their strengths, weaknesses and shadows and are not afraid to acknowledge them."

Jim Collins

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Supporting leaders through make or break career transitions; We can provide light touch coaching for the first 100 days right through to an intensive hands-on support package for the first six months. Either can involve helping to articulate the new vision, facilitating team start up activities, creating executive messaging, developing engagement plans and defining success measures. We also help leaders make elegant transitions when they depart from organisations.

This fascinating study by The River Group captures the views of 75 CEOs on what they wished they had known before stepping into their new executive role.

CEO Experience Report: Expect the Unexpected [PDF].

"I have had the privilege to work with Kate on some difficult executive onboarding projects. She can win over the toughest executives using a combination of intelligence, business experience, and no nonsense style."

Clark Waterfall, Managing Director, BSG Team Ventures

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Designing powerful executive meetings that get to the heart of what your strategy requires from your leaders. We will work with you to identify the most valuable leadership conversations and experiences your senior people could have together.

This must be clear before we pull together the right creative team to plan, design and facilitate your event.

"KLI’s innovative work on our global leadership conference ensured we had real strategic and leadership thinking built into the design. A great result!"

Executive Director, R&D Operations, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

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Targeting bespoke leadership development initiatives to ensure you are building the right leadership bench strength for the future. We pinpoint those capability gaps that will put your strategy at risk. KLI creates a clear red line of logic between your business strategy and your leadership development spend.

We are all too familiar with the problems caused by ineffective leadership structures. KLI can helps organisations review their structure, accountabilities and spans of control using a proven methodology used by companies such as Unilever, Tata and Tesco.

"Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned."

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Building employee engagement around your strategy; We believe in establishing a clearer and more meaningful connection between your strategy, your business performance and your people. We create powerful leadership engagement and communication approaches for you that will fuel an ongoing internal dialogue about meeting your business challenges.

"You sort of smell it don’t you, that engagement of people as people? What goes on in meetings, how people talk to each other. You get the sense of energy, engagement, commitment and belief in what the organisation stands for."

Lord Currie, former Chairman of Ofcom and Dean of Cass Business School

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Consulting and delivering on ambitious change initiatives. Our experience allows us to fuse the ‘people and behavioural aspects of change’ with the structure and strategy of your business. We will work with you to design, develop and deliver large scale transformation projects; either in an advisory capacity or by providing hands-on support as part of your team.

"Kate possesses a unique ability to identify and navigate the individual and group dynamics that often prevent teams and businesses from achieving superior results. She was able to quickly develop trust at multiple levels of the organization and as such was highly effective in helping us achieve our goals. I highly recommend her."

Chris Donovan, Brown Brothers Harriman

Our clients

KLI’s clients know what they need to deliver – they have a vision and a strategy. But as experienced leaders, they also know that some of the most difficult barriers to strategy execution are the internal ones. That’s why they turn to us.

Our clients may recognise their need for a more cohesive leadership community or want to bring their leaders together to kick start a new way of working. They may seek to initiate change but want to be sure to do it in a way that creates clarity and not complexity.

Many need to get more traction around an existing strategy and engage us to review their behaviours, leadership accountabilities, structure and employee alignment.

Whatever the issue, our clients pick up the phone to KLI when they recognise they are just too close to the issue. They want fresh eyes as well as our external insights and challenge. They appreciate both our practical help and intellectual rigour. Often clients know from past experience that off the shelf solutions from larger consultancies will not get to the heart of their challenge. They want a bespoke approach that builds on creative consulting ideas and preserves internal ownership for the project.

Our networked resourcing model means we will put together the right team of experienced professionals for you who have a track record of working together. We have a truly collaborative and lean way of working that will deliver results for you. Given our clients keep coming back to us year after year, we believe our track record speaks for itself.


Our clients include:

Kate's strong commercial sensibilities distinguishes her from other consultants who often apply a set academic methodology. Kate assesses the situation and adapts her approach and style to deliver superb results."

Head of Global Securities Lending, Brown Brothers Harriman

About

Kate Lye

Kate Lye brings a specialist focus on leadership development, change management and executive communication coupled with extensive international experience. She has a broad range of industry experience ranging from professional services firms, finance, pharmaceuticals and IT.

Kate's training is in organisational behaviour and psychology. She uses her expertise to deliver individual and organisational development, believing there is an all important sweet spot between the two

She started her consulting career working for Andersen Consulting and then specialist consulting firms in the UK and US. Kate was a Partner with Smythe Dorward Lambert, the first UK change and internal communication consultancy that was bought by Omnicom (NYSE). Originally based in London, she moved to Boston in 1999 to help open their US office with a team of six colleagues. She was subsequently promoted to be President of their Boston office. Back in the UK, Kate joined Stanton Marris in 2004 to spearhead their private sector practice. She founded KLI Consulting in 2007.

Kate regularly teaches as part of the faculty for Duke Corporate Education. They were recently ranked as the global number one provider of executive education for the eleventh executive year. She has also taught and coached on programmes for Saïd and Columbia Business Schools.

Part of her pro bono work involves being a member of the SupporTED team. This provides coaching for TED Fellows. TED is a nonproft devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. It brings together people and ideas from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design.

Kate is a Founding Fellow of the Harvard-affiliated Institute of Coaching. She has degrees in Organisational Behaviour and Business Administration from London and Oxford Universities as well as a range of coaching and psychometrical qualifications. She is an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Change Management and the Journal of Employee Communication Management. She is also a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. She regularly talks at conferences and corporate events. Her published work includes articles on women’s leadership, executive development, coaching, M&A integration issues and organizational change.

In the press

Consulting

Get ready for coaching

What questions should you ask yourself before you go down the coaching route and what preparation should you undertake to ensure you hit the ground running? This article helps business leaders to determine whether coaching is the right response to the challenges they want to tackle. Secondly, it outlines the key preparatory steps to take to ensure they get the most value out of any coaching engagement.

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Consulting

Ten questions to select the right executive coach for you

You are meeting two or three coaches to select one to work with you. It’s a significant investment of your time and money. What questions should you ask to really assess the capabilities and ‘fit’ of a potential executive coach? This article outlines 10 questions to uncover the data you need to make the best decision.

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Consulting

Lloyds Bank Comment

Lloyds Bank received considerable coverage when they pledged to have 40% of their senior roles filled by women by 2020. They say they hope to achieve this significant increase through recruitment. To read why recruitment alone is never enough and what else Lloyds Bank will need to do to achieve their impressive goal, read on...

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READ ON THE FT's WEBSITE
Leadership Events

What stops businesses from turning great strategy into action?

Are strategy and execution enough to deliver market beating business performance? The evidence would suggest not. Look across any sector and you will find smart strategic individuals at the helm of successful and failing businesses alike.

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Consulting

Women in leadership

The blueprint for leadership in business is well, blue. We have an inherent male bias built into how we think, talk and develop leadership in business. If companies want to achieve greater gender equality then they need to go beyond running development programmes for women and focus on dismantling some of the internal barriers that limit progress.

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Leadership Events

The next generation of M&As

According to the Ernst & Young Capital Confidence Barometer there is strong consensus among UK business that M&A volumes will increase. 75% expect global deal volumes to rise over the next 12 months. In fact the media and analyst predictions already abound over Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia, Vodafone’s sale of its US mobile phone business to Verizon and the Publicis/Omnicom hook up that promises to launch a new media giant.

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Consulting

My coach may have it tougher than Amélie Mauresmo

You need a coach, even if you think you are too old or too good for one. When was the last time you spotted somebody with something that made you think “Ah! If I had one of those, I could do my job even better than I do it now?", Financial Times Article, by Mrs Moneypenny, June 19, 2014.

READ THE ARTICLE on the FT's website
Leadership Events

Global Human Capital Trends 2014 – published by Deloitte

Deloitte’s survey of 2500+ leaders across 90 countries highlights talent as a major business challenge and potential break on recovery and growth.

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Consulting

Development reboot 2016

Its spring and a time for planting seeds and thinking about growth – both in the garden and in our professional lives. If you are frustrated by your lack of traction so far in 2016 or it’s been a while since you thought about your career goals, then a quick ‘development spring clean’ will help you refocus on how to have more impact in the remaining 8 months of the year. Ask yourself these three questions to start the ball rolling...

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Contact

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