Culture: the essential ingredient for success!
Do you want to make sure that your strategy works? Do you want to speed up your digital transformation? Do you want everyone in your team pulling in the same direction? Or do you have a problem with unwanted attrition that you want to tackle at the root?
All these challenges require differentiated responses and expert advice.
However, there is one ingredient that greatly increases your speed and effectiveness: Culture Management.
At AGILIS, we combine solid consulting expertise, years of experience and perfect mastery of the topic of corporate culture. This brings the right solutions to the game and makes sure that everyone adheres to the objectives and supports them.
Welcome to AGILIS!
We are a Management Consultancy based in Switzerland. We support mid-sized and large national and international customers in their transformation and consider Culture as the most powerful vector for change.
Our tagline reflects our end-to-end approach:
Imagine the Future
Let us co-create the future of your company - for the benefit of all stakeholders!
Make it happen
Let us jointly implement your transformation - efficiently and painlessly!
Let us work together to ensure that your transformation also bears fruit in the long term!
We have a resolutely anthropocentric approach and believe that strategy, culture, and operational excellence must not only be well-geared, but supported by authenticity and high ethical standards. When working with people, we put an important focus on the synergies between generations. From Boomers to Generation Z: every wave has something to say and there are plenty of opportunities for mutual learning and growth.
A strong focus on the right balance between the business case and a humanistic approach makes sure that all stakeholders see the value of the change and support it. Each of our projects is tailored to your needs and situation – but highly cost-effective and scalable. This is possible thanks to our comprehensive change framework reuniting methods and processes, content, software, and other tools.
Our overall objective is to initiate a virtuous cycle that enables you to secure and further develop the achievements without external support. This increases your corporate resilience and secures the investment in the long run.
The Generational Gap has become a reality!
The issue of the Generation Gap at work has become a hot topic in today's world. For the first time, we are faced with a workforce that spans up to five different generations, some with completely different attitudes to work and career.
This can create tensions and impact on the ability of companies to attract and retain young talent - people who often have much needed knowledge and skills. This is particularly problematic given the war for talent that we are currently facing.
How well do you know the generation gap in general and Generation Z in particular? Have fun with our Great Generation Quiz!
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We are grateful for those kind words that reflect our work and the way we approach our projects and customers. Working in the interest of our customers at all levels is our highest priority.
The capacity of the AGILIS team to analyse a company holistically, i.e. not only on a financial and process level, but also on a humanistic level, was for us a precious help when aiming to change the corporate culture within our company. AGILIS provided the board with precise information that could convince not only the Directors but also the managers and front-line workers. They knew how to interact with each and every stakeholder. Great job!
Damien L., CFO
AGILIS SA is a trustworthy partner with whom I enjoy working. The values of AGILIS are reflected in the way the team works and tackles important large-scale projects. Even under pressure, the team remains open-minded, efficient, and people-oriented. Together, we were able to meet the objectives and satisfy our clients thanks to the competencies and the polyvalence of the team. Moreover, AGILIS was able to create digital tools from scratch to support the management of the time and resources.
Dominique D., Senior HR Strategy Consultant
I have to say that you organise and run your workshops in a formidable way. When attending your seminars, it feels like having a interesting conversation: you manage to captivate us by telling us something and not simply sharing content. For these experiences and growth opportunities, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Veronique Z., Assistant to the Board
THANK YOU! Even when having to face the pandemic, your team managed to maintain the momentum, implement the changes throughout the company… and do a great job, even in the virtual world. Your energy was contagious and you motivated me even via a camera and a screen!"
Carla M., Head of Customer Service
We were completely surprised by the pandemic and not at all prepared to involve our staff via home office.
AGILIS proved to us in their project that it is possible to switch from an offline to an online approach within a few days and also showed that even complex facilitation works in virtual space. This was a great inspiration for us and helped us considerably to introduce the new forms of work for daily business as well.
Stefan S., Chief Financial Officer
Most people see culture as something that is subliminally there but difficult to grasp. Defining and measuring hard KPIs that expressed our cultural carences in Swiss francs and made the progress in our culture change programme financially provable was a stroke of genius. It allowed us to convince our Board of Directors to release the necessary funds, as the business case was more than convincing.
Markus K., Head of Human Resources
Our Superpowers combine experience, skills, attitude and culture. They make sure that your projects will be executed at a high level of expertise, committment and service quality.
A corporate culture focused on people
At AGILIS, we live a strong corporate culture, coherently to the kind of services we propose, based on commonly shared values. The latter means a lot to us as they are based on ethics and humanism.
As a matter of fact, we strongly believe that the individual should be at the center of our preoccupations as it represents the main strength and core asset of a company. Inclusion, diversity, and tolerance are key components of our working environment.
By working in a company with a strong and shared culture, we strengthen the team spirit and deploy the capacity of all the collaborators to its fullest.
Keep the big picture in mind
A change mandate usually has a well-defined scope and requires specific and in-depth knowledge of the concerned topic. At AGILIS, however, we believe that every change must always be placed in the context of the whole - otherwise undesirable side effects are inevitable.
Hence, when confronted with a given problem, we adopt a holistic and long-term view and try to find solutions that bring not only optimal performance for a given task, but perspective to employees, sustainability to customers and long-term benefits for shareholders and investors. We also place special emphasis on understanding the interactions between our project and the other parts of the company. This allows us to work more effectively and efficiently and to shape the change more quickly and sustainably.
Multi-linguism & multi-culturism
At AGILIS, we all come from various backgrounds and various cultures. And you know what? We love it!
It allows us to understand a situation from different cultural points of view and we adapt to many situations by adopting the language that suits best our customers.
Our little secret: we represent all the cultures of Switzerland, and most of us also have international experience. Although it is a tiny country, our capacity to understand the cultural differences of the various regions allows us to act and work in every circumstance. Also, it helps us connect with people and hear what they have to share with understanding and empathy.
Full focus on Co-Creation
At AGILIS, we seek to create solid, long-term, and tangible solutions for our clients thanks to a collaborative and co-creative process. Hence, while we may bring in expert knowledge about a particular subject either by ourselves or through our trusted partners, we always involve key stakeholders on the customer side.
This ability to enable and empower our customers to acquire new skills and capabilities leads to a virtuous circle that the customer can maintain easily and efficiently once the project ends.
Commitment for the cause
We sometimes call us "Blue collar consultants" - just because we do not only give advice and make specialist knowledge available to our customers, but we also make sure that the results and the business case are reached.
For this reason, our engagements have four phases - discovery, definition, roll-out and autonomisation. While the first two phases make sure that we are doing the right things, the two last phases are the warranty that the planned results are measured and achieved.
High digital literacy
Although we focus on management consulting, we have a strong digital DNA and specialists who develop specific digital tools for analysis, data manipulation, control and similar tasks for our consulting mandates. As a result, we have an extensive range of digital tools that we can use in our projects depending on the situation.
This high level of "digital literacy" means that we can carry out our mandates more quickly, efficiently and effectively. And our clients also benefit from our tools after completion, as we make them available at no cost as part of the handover.
A small selection of projects from the past
We are fortunate to have had (and still have) the opportunity to realise very interesting and challenging projects for our clients. Each of these projects has not only solved one or more of our clients' problems, but also provided us with further knowledge, experience and insight. Below you will find a small choice of typical projects by AGILIS in anonymised form. We are at your disposal for further insights. And we never forget: the most exciting project is always the next one!
A health provider had to fight with very high unwanted attrition, absenteeism, low operational efficiency, and lack of alignment across the divisions. The main underlying reasons for this situation were several subsequent shifts of the upper management, a silo culture, as well as weak HR processes.
The new CEO decided to conduct a comprehensive transformation programme along 6 axes – one of them being “Culture Change”. AGILIS took up the challenge and led, over 24 months, a four step Culture Change initiative. After the discovery phase that included a systemic ecosystem analysis, the "new" culture and values were defined in Co-Creation with ambassadors representing all levels, departments and locations of the company. The redefinition of the values was based on the company DNA, but put in the current context and special attention was given to practicality and clarity for all stakeholders and layers of the company. During the implementation phase, important elements like leadership style, organisation, HR processes, business processes, internal communication, and the physical environment were evolving towards the new culture. At the end of the project, a small internal team was trained and handed over all tools and assets to continue, in an autonomous way, to manage Corporate Culture as important asset of the company.
The outcome of the project was well beyond expectations: HR KPIs improved dramatically, bringing yearly savings of almost 20 million EUR thanks to reduced cost of unwanted attrition, the initiative supported transformation which was done within time and budget, and the staff satisfaction improved by 54%.
Member of the Swiss Association of Management Consultants
AGILIS is a member of ASCO (Association of Management Consultants Switzerland), the umbrella association of Management consultants in Switzerland. ASCO is part of the ecosystem of Expertsuisse and complements their accounting, tax and audit practice with a strategic and business-oriented perspective.
ASCO is a co-founder and member of the European umbrella organisation FEACO Fédération Européenne des Associations de Conseil en Organisation based in Brussels and a member of ICMCI International Council of Management Consulting Institutes, the global association for quality assurance in management consulting based in the USA. AGILIS follows the ASCO Code of Ethics and participates, within the framework of the association, in the discussion of current topics in the world of business consulting and thus contributes to the development of answers to the challenges of tomorrow.
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