We help senior managers take advantage of the major changes facing their company to develop the value created for their employees, shareholders, partners and customers.

We advise directors on developing their strategy and decision-making, evaluating resources, assessing risk and managing change.

Our teams consolidate the vision of senior managers and field staff to identify the best opportunities and implement them in realistic frameworks. They support the management committee's decision-making and strive to create a willingness to change whilst ensuring the quality of corporate communication.

In particular, we work to :

  • Identify the vision and ambition of company directors
  • Collect the information needed for the assignments
  • Evaluate the strategic options being considered
  • Assess risks and opportunities
  • Propose avenues for development
  • Analyze the needs and impacts of transformation
  • Prepare corporate communication
  • Mobilize key figures and organize the implementation
  • Secure commitment to the business plan

The company uses the methodology and expertise gained from more than 100 previous projects supporting strategy and decision-making. Over the years, it has developed recognized expertise in :

  • Defining the transformation process
  • Cross-functional communication and consultation
  • Strategic alignment and corporate governance
  • Evaluating resources and streamlining activities
  • Developing new leadership models
  • Training and coaching management committees
  • Analyzing impact and managing change

Colombus Consulting has formed a team of sixty consultants who are experienced in advising senior managers. Our consultants are valued for their listening skills, business awareness and creative ideas.

Success story
1.
Supporting the digitalization of an international media agency

The context :

A leading media agency wanted to bring its information production and distribution practices into line with the digital age. The senior managers sought advice on devising a business transformation strategy around new editorial processes using modern information and communication technologies.

WHAT WE DID :

We carried out an impact analysis and produced a support plan reflecting the client's ambition. We oversaw the mobilization of key figures, trials and social dialogue prior to taking action. We rolled out the transformation to pilot offices and developed a global rollout strategy.

WHAT WE ACHIEVED :

We oversaw the rollout of a new editorial process to all offices in the deadline set by the senior managers whilst safeguarding the organization's employee relations. Our work broke down barriers between the different departments (text, photos, videos and computer graphics) to promote sharing and enrichment of the now-digital information sources.

2.
Studying and managing the strategic consolidation of financial markets

The context :

Our client wanted to qualify the options for consolidation with a foreign stock exchange, and then in a second phase implement a shared management structure to clarify the procedures. This project covered the companies, their rivals, the competition authorities and the different cultures of financial market operators.

WHAT WE DID :

Our work made it possible to merge the two entities whilst creating the conditions for constructive debate (motivating rhythm, climate of trust and consistency between the vision of the directors and operating teams). We contributed therefore to identifying new business synergies.

WHAT WE ACHIEVED :

Notre intervention a permis de rapprocher les deux entités en créant les conditions d’une réflexion constructive (rythme motivant, climat de confiance et cohérence entre la vision des dirigeants et les travaux opérationnels des équipes). Nous avons ainsi contribué à l’identification de nouvelles synergies métiers.

3.
Changing the business model and reorganizing a major utilities provider

The context :

In a context of significant regulatory changes, economic crisis and increased competition, the senior managers of a leading utilities provider sought advice on how to adapt its organization to its future business model.

WHAT WE DID :

We analyzed the ability of the current organization to move towards new business models. We then devised a transformation process reflecting the flexibility of the organization and the need to act fast. Our approach combined quantitative and qualitative analysis and addressed all aspects of the company: culture, management system, organization, operation (processes) and information system.

WHAT WE ACHIEVED :

Our work mobilized the Executive Committee and regional management to introduce new functions aiming to optimize the performance of longstanding activity by moving the group's business line further up the value chain.

4.
Defining the strategy for a cross-functional system in France and internationally

The context :

A universal bank undertook a transformation plan in the aim of developing its customer relations and optimizing its operational coefficient. In this framework, its senior managers wanted to adapt its industrial facilities to the new challenges of document management and logistics. It sought advice on how to devise a strategy for the mail, digitization, archiving, publishing and printing activities and how to build a tailored transformation plan.

WHAT WE DID :

We conducted a study with players in the transport, publishing and document management sectors and defined a target model for these activities in-house. We organized and supported the decision to create a cross-functional system within the group and a transformation programme at Executive Committee level. Our team evaluated the value creation drivers, defined a transformation process and formalized the associated strategic action plans.

WHAT WE ACHIEVED :

Our work resulted in the creation of a group "documentary management and logistics" system and a new operating model increasing the use of industrial facilities, outsourcing or selling less important activities. The plan improved gross profit significantly, released costly fixed assets and ensured the quality of key services.