Results Delivery®

What we do

Results Delivery is embedded in every Bain engagement. We work simultaneously on solution development, implementation and delivery to help clients realize results consistently and predictably.

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Change management will never be the same

Bain's Results Delivery approach creates the right conditions for meaningful change.

Our Results Delivery approach is grounded in the following guiding principles:

  • Help individuals succeed: Organizations don't change, people do. To get results, individuals must behave differently. Identify the vital few behaviors that drive the most results, and reinforce them with timely, positive and consistent consequences. Invest in coaching to develop individual capabilities. Build motivation for the change by shifting communication toward a two-way dialogue.
  • Bring the future to life: Create a clear and compelling vision for the future. Ensure that leaders are aligned, committed to this vision and ready to enroll the entire organization. Develop solutions that are credible and create pull for the change.
  • Inspire deep commitment: Develop leadership talent and ensure that leaders work effectively together. Build a healthy Sponsorship Spine: apply an intentional process to cascade commitment along the spine through the front line and activate key influencers.
  • Deliver the value: Develop a realistic transformation plan informed by the organization's capacity to implement and absorb change; establish a governance structure to ensure effective, efficient decision-making. Maintain a focus on realization while creating the plan and measuring progress.
  • Build to sustain: Modify the organizational enablers—roles, structure and culture—and adapt systems and technology to support the change. Establish feedback loops and response mechanisms to enable solutions to evolve as needed to ensure enduring results.

Bain also offers specialized tools to support leaders through change management programs and transformations. For instance, the Bain Results Accelerator is a robust, cloud-based tool that reduces the barriers to successful program implementation and which teams can use to plan, track progress and measure impact.

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Our perspective

Managing change effectively is a source of competitive advantage, yet few organizations do it well.

In a Bain survey, 70 percent of companies said they failed to realize the expected results from recent change initiatives. That rate hasn't changed from similar surveys we conducted in the 1980s and 1990s. And the environment for change is only getting more complex.

A study of 184 global companies and decades of experience with our clients has helped us create a differentiated point of view of what truly drives results.

Change is predictable

Typical change management suggests that much about change is irrational and hard to predict. In fact, delivery risks are highly predictable, measurable and manageable. Most change management programs stall because organizations fail to consider risks of change delivery and implementation. A simple risk assessment at the outset can identify specific risks early, and providing a simple, practical set of actions that dramatically improve the odds of success.

Go beyond installation

Many organizations install a change successfully, but then stumble when they try to realize the anticipated benefits. Installation is relatively easy–it's like designing a new playbook in the sports world. To realize the benefits of the new book, the players have to start using the new plays. That's the hard part: It requires changing the way people behave. Executives who fail to identify and manage the few critical behaviors that need to change will face an uphill battle. The biggest difference between successful and unsuccessful change efforts is breaking past installation and onto realization.

Build a Sponsorship Spine

For any transformational change to succeed, people have to think and work differently. And to get these new behaviors to stick, they need to be reinforced and celebrated by a connected group of sponsors throughout the organization, the Sponsorship Spine. The direct line boss has the greatest influence over individual behaviors. That is why it's essential to build a Sponsorship Spine from the bottom up. An unbroken chain from the frontline to the C-suite will ensure that people at every level understand their roles and are ready to engage. Sponsorship is a cascading process and a "black hole" anywhere along the line will stop the change process below it. Program managers and senior leaders must continually monitor the health of the Sponsorship Spine, because it is essential to achieving results. If sponsors prove ineffective, they should be coached or, if necessary, replaced.

Realizing results is not easy. It takes time, focus, determination and planning for a future where, even with the best of intentions, things are likely to veer off course. Bain is a partner with the experience to help navigate these tricky waters and help your organization deliver lasting results.

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Client results
We share our clients' ambitions. We work to understand their reality and deliver true results—focusing on strategic decisions and practical actions. And we align our incentives with our clients' objectives, so they know we're in it together.

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Our change management insights, approach and recommendations are highly customized and lead to practical actions. Below is a selection of our experts' most recent perspectives, visit Results Delivery Insights to read more, or stay current on the topics you care about most by downloading the Bain Insights app today.
Our team

Results Delivery® is integral to all of our client engagements. All Bain teams have experience with this area; however, we have a core team of experts that is dedicated to our Results Delivery approach. We work as an integrated part of your team, from frontline to C-suite, to deliver true results and make the changes stick.

Our leadership team

  • Patrick
  • Patrick Litré

    Leader of Bain's Global Results Delivery group


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  • David
  • David Michels

    Leader of Bain's EMEA Results Delivery group


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  • Michael
  • Michael Woodbury

    Leader in Bain's Results Delivery group


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  • Kevin
  • Kevin Murphy

    Leader in Bain's Results Delivery group

    Washington, D.C.

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  • Tracy
  • Tracy Thurkow

    Leader in Bain's Results Delivery group


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  • Ivan
  • Ivan Hindshaw

    Leader in Bain's Transformation group

    Los Angeles

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  • David
  • David Ellison

    Senior Director of Global Client Training


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  • Richard
  • Richard Fleming

    Leader of Bain's Americas Results Delivery group

    New York

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  • Parijat
  • Parijat Ghosh

    Leader of Bain's APAC Results Delivery group

    New Delhi

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  • Brad
  • Brad Sutton

    Leader in Bain's Results Delivery group

    San Francisco

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  • Peter
  • Peter Slagt

    Leader in Bain's Results Delivery group

    Kuala Lumpur

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  • Todd
  • Todd Senturia

    Senior director of professional development

    Los Angeles

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In addition to the leaders listed above, we have an extensive and diverse team of experts ready to serve the needs of clients worldwide. Please contact us to submit a business inquiry.

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