Welcome to the Becoming Unassailable podcast! This podcast is all about eliminating dysfunction and creating alignment on your leadership team so that you can thrive amidst change and disruption by embracing forward change, together – the only way to become unassailable!
In this episode, I talked with Michele Herlein about the problem of misalignment. Michele is the Chief Administrative Officer for Barge Design Solutions, Inc. and a Senior Consultant for Thrivence, a management consulting firm. If you are experiencing misalignment between executive team members, between departments, between levels of the organization; if you are experiencing politics, silos, or confusion, this episode is for you .
What you will learn in this jam-packed episode:
- What is alignment? What does it look like when your team is aligned?
- How do you actually create alignment?
- What gets in the way of alignment?
- What does the leader need to do, constantly, to create alignment?
- How do you create strategic alignment?
- What should you do if you want to create alignment for your department, group, or division?
Organizations are a social system made up of people coming together to achieve a common goal. Michele Herlein has dedicated her career to creating corporate cultures where these social systems thrive. She has worked with CEO’s from very prominent organizations. Each organization recorded record profits for at least five years after implementing her process. Her passion is creating work environments that allow employees to flourish and contribute their unique gifts and talents. She has extensive experience in leading large-scale change initiatives, integrating talent management processes and horizontally and vertically aligning an organization to drive business results.
She currently is the Chief Administrative Officer for Barge Design Solutions, Inc. responsible for Marketing, Communications, Accounting, Human Resources, and Administration. Prior to this role she was the Chief Human Resource Officer where she focused on creating a great employee experience using organization design, change management, and strategic HR principles. Her recent accomplishments at Barge Design Solutions, Inc. include obtaining Great Place to Work Certification, being recognized by Humana as one of ten companies in the Nation with a workforce engaged in wellness. being named HR Executive of the Year, and being recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal.
Prior to Barge Design Solutions, Inc. Michele spent eight years at Bridgestone Americas, most recently as Vice President of Talent, Organization, and Culture, where she implemented an integrated talent management system, designed and defined the firm’s values, and led a cultural transformation effort. Before joining Bridgestone, Michele worked for ten years at Bandag, Inc where she implemented a comprehensive leadership and succession management program and effected change initiatives through learning and development.
Michele has published articles on coaching, mentoring, and change management. She has spoken at the American Academy of Management, Society for Human Resource Management, and the Association for Talent Development. She is a cofounder of Impact Nashville and lives in Mt. Juliet, TN with her husband Doug. Her interests include paddle boarding, yoga, and lifelong learning.
Michele also serves as a Senior Consultant with Thrivence, a management consulting company located in Nashville, Tennessee.
Michele can be reached at Michele.Herlein@bargedesign.com.