Blog: How the White House’s business transformation is similar to your own

17th November 2016

Following the U.S. Presidential Elections earlier this month, we now know that Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. What now begins is a detailed and intense period of business transformation to move from an administration run by President Obama to one run by the soon-to-be President Trump.

While your company might not be facing organizational change on the same scale as the White House, any period of change needs to be carefully managed with a thorough understanding of your business processes to make informed decisions about what needs to be altered. We spoke to Casewise consultant Tony Mauro to get his insight on the three things the White House transition teams are likely now engaged in – and how every business can apply these learnings for a successful transition:

The right tools to support your change

Law states that the following is provided for the Presidential transition: facilities, funding of approximately $5 million, access to Government services and support in the form of training and orientation for new staff members.

For your own organizational change, your key tool is having the right support in place. An outside team, such as Casewise, can offer consultative support. Tony, Service Implementation Manager at Casewise, says: “We come in from an unbiased perspective and document how people are executing their jobs day-to-day. That gives the company we are working with a better understanding of how their employees are doing things, what their problems are, what their issues are, and how they can improve on how they’re doing their job.”

Having advice on what needs to change

Donald Trump’s transition team was put in place in June, in accordance with the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act 2010. The team’s role over the past few months has been to prepare for transition in the event of an election victory. As soon as that victory was confirmed in the early hours of November 9th, plans began to be executed. This will be the 44th handover of power, so many of the business modelling tools needed to make this business transformation work have been developed over time.

But for many companies, business transformation is not something which happens often – if ever before – and this means you are unlikely to have transformation experts in your team. Our business process consultants are highly experienced, and provide external mentoring to organizations to help them know how and where to get started, and keep them on track while the process is ongoing.

Tony says: “We try to instil confidence – we are the experts in this area, not only with our tools but with the approaches and best practices to execute these projects. They will see greater value in a shorter amount of time in comparison to if they tried to go off and do it themselves.”

Setting you up to make your own choices

Donald Trump’s transition team consists of dozens of advisors who will be providing him with guidance on a wide variety of subjects from budget decisions and White House hires to who will be in his Cabinet. They are not there to determine policy or what he will do once President – they are there just to provide him with the environment in which to do it.

In essence, this is exactly what Casewise will do as Tony explains: “A lot of the time people don’t know where to start with business transformation and they think transformation usually means automating stuff or moving the company in a different direction. They don’t know where to start. It’s scary.”

“Our process gives the company a better understanding of how they’re operating so that they can make well-informed decisions, so that if they do automate a process that they know what employees are impacted, what organizations are impacted, and they can properly invest in those things that makes well investment decisions.”

If you are interested to learn more about how Casewise can assist with your business transformation process, contact us for more details