BECAUZ Accelerators

A Comprehensive Approach to Change

The BECAUZ Accelerator program utilizes proprietary Processes, Tools and Systems to install transformational change in Leaders, Teams and Organization. This process accelerates change because of our proven processes, dynamic facilitation and an integrated, systemic approach.

How do we maximize our impact as a World Class IT Organization and embrace the challenges presented by global economic and IT events and trends?

Walter PuschnerVP - Worldwide Field ITMicrosoft

How can we create a leadership team to transform our firm?

Mike PongonCOOPoint B

How can we most effectively communicate our Real Estate Repositioning offering to add value for our clients?

Tony StewartVice PresidentMcKinstry

How do we maximize our impact as a World Class IT Organization and embrace the challenges presented by global economic and IT events and trends?

Walter PuschnerVP - Worldwide Field ITMicrosoft

BECAUZ tailors the programs they offer us to closely align to our business needs. Each and every interaction has its own dynamic, and they are able to adjust what they do, live in the moment, to maximize results and value. That kind of adaptability and dynamism is a core skill you don’t often find.

Walter PuschnerVice President, User ExperienceMicrosoft

BECAUZ are savvy social architects who create environments that lead to extraordinary learning and results. With your help, our 80-person extended leadership team has moved from a “command and control” focus to an “inspire and involve” culture, with alignment and ownership embedded into the leadership ecosystem.

Jacky WrightVPMicrosoft SESIT

With BECAUZ we have consistently generated breakthrough results and have been able to align our teams around transformational strategy. We have built an adaptive organization that flourishes in the midst of uncertainty and innovates to create solutions that were unimaginable just a few years ago.

B.J. MooreVice PreidentMicrosoft - Enterprise Commerce IT

How can we engage our entire organization and partners as leaders to realize our vision?

Senior Director of a field readiness group

How do we get our engineering leads and their teams to perform at even higher levels as we grow and scale our business?

Brett HelselSr. VP EngineeringIsilon Systems, Inc.

What would be possible across teams if we collaborated?

Andrew ClaphamSenior DirectorDesign & Construction

How can we drive team performance, build client relationships and generate a better bottom line?

Erika SchmidtPresident & COOFrause

How can we build a global innovation engine without adding people or additional dollars?

Tyson HartmanChief Technology OfficerAvanade

How to Add $26 Trillion to the World’s Annual GDP

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How to Add $26 Trillion to the World's Annual GDP

I continue to chew on the Women in the Workplace study recently released by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company. It predicts that it will take 100 years to reach gender parity in corporate America’s C-suite, if we stay at the same slow rate of progress of the last three years.

I personally don’t think it will take another 100 years. It can’t. The stakes are too high in today’s ultra-competitive, lightning-speed market. Corporations (or any institution, for that matter) can’t afford to continue marginalizing 50% of the world’s talent pool. Leaders with brains, guts—and yes, a good gut-feel—aren’t plentiful enough.

Women in leadership“If women—who account for half the world’s working-age population—do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will suffer,” says McKinsey. In its Power of Parity study, McKinsey estimates that if women were to play an identical role in the world’s labor markets as men, “as much as $28 trillion, or 26 percent, could be added to global annual GDP by 2025.”

Clearly, it’s just plain smart business to make best and highest use of your talent pool.

And to make best and highest use is to draw upon—and enhance—the strengths in your team. To me, that means embracing the power of the masculine and the power of the feminine in ourselves. It’s not about plumbing. It’s about how we’re wired and how those wires are tapped.

Do women have an intuitive nature that encourages inclusion and collaboration? Some do. So do some men. Do men inspire confidence because of their firm and authoritative manner? Certainly some do—as do many women I admire.

Being a woman with a COO title has its up and downs. I gather that clients and colleagues sometimes expect to see a man in my job. My most valuable ally is our CEO, Ian McKelvie. He works hard to ensure that all voices and perspectives are heard and draws on the strengths of his team, regardless of gender or title.

“I work consciously to bring out, rather than shut down, discounted voices and opinions,” says Ian. “Whether it’s in meetings with my team or in facilitating a room full of corporate leaders, the job is to ensure all perspectives are heard and valued.”

I learn from Ian, I learn from my colleagues—male and female—and I learn from leaders I admire. To name a few:

  • Sara Blakely Spanx: From ride greeter at Disney to becoming the first female billionaire to join the Giving Pledge. I love her passion and drive.
  • Richard Branson: Virgin’s CEO is always pushing the barriers, whether to have more women CEOs or sending us all to space! I find him inspirational.
  • Christopher Flett: A self-acknowledged reformed Alpha Male, he now spends his time working with professional women. He doesn’t muck around when it comes to gender, he’s a huge advocate of women at the C-level.
  • My Mum!  From as early as I can remember she has constantly showed me the power of strength, love, kindness, grit and hard work.  She has picked me up, brushed me off and pushed me back out there many times.

One hundred years away from this supposed gender parity in corporations, it still takes a lot of grit and determination for women to succeed. I’ve found it helps to be ready to adapt into various roles; to be a sponge and learn from peers and leaders. As women, we need to be confident and stand up for what we believe in. Support one another. Do our homework and be prepared.

(But not prepared with cupcakes. Keep your baking hobbies at home…)

Learn about the BECAUZ Women in Leadership program.

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