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June 11, 2020

Transformation is Happening, but There’s No Need to Panic

Starting any communication or ad with “in these uncertain times” has gotten so trite that the phrase has spawned its own memes. So let me dispense with the obvious and just say this much about the state of business in America in 2020 – anybody who says they know exactly what’s going to happen next is lying.

As management consultants, clients come to us looking for us to provide guidance and direction that can be implemented in turnkey fashion – they want a playbook that can be successfully utilized in every situation. What has made ESG successful for more than a decade is that we’ve been able to convince our clients that a one-size-fits-all strategy is never advisable, nor does it exist. While there are some time-honored guiding principles that continue to serve us well, the value we provide to our clients is based on our ability to research, understand and discuss the unique characteristics of their specific situation, and then to build and execute on a strategy for addressing it. 

We believe that this approach will continue to be relevant in the coming months as the world economy reopens. The need to prioritize health, safety and business continuity will require businesses to transform themselves – perhaps more than once based on the success of the early actions. There simply is no playbook for how to proceed. 

The qualities that have made ESG a winning partner in the past have sustained us through the worst of this present crisis and have prepared us to guide clients during the months ahead. For us, transformation has always meant opportunity – a chance to identify areas of improvement and make processes more efficient for employees and customers. We take the time to listen and strategize at a granular level – to help clients get past the fear of the unknown and embrace change for the better. 

So what can ESG bring to your business in these volatile times? Maybe you’re looking for the best path to ramp up operations after a layoff or furlough. Or your transportation/distribution network has to be reexamined in light of it all. Perhaps you want to take the opportunity for your business to go 100% virtual. These big transformative events deserve strategies that have been considered, vetted and made ready for execution by experienced professionals. That’s where we come in.

While none of us knows what the remainder of the year will bring for the business world, in society or anywhere else, we do know that it’s helpful to have feedback and guidance from people who have been there. People that know what strategic change looks like and understand how to implement it with maximum  impact and limited disruption. To explore how  ESG can accelerate your plans to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, let’s have a conversation.       

By Mark Newhall, ESG Founder and CEO

Based in Denver, Colorado, Execution Specialists Group (ESG) is a strategy execution-focused consultancy with extensive global experience engaging with client senior leadership to plan and deliver on complex post M&A integration and digital transformation objectives. Recognized by Forbes as one of America’s “Top Management Consulting Firms” for the past five years (2016-2020), ESG clients include Advance Auto Parts, Bridgestone, Caesars Entertainment, Gordon Food Service, Office Depot/OfficeMax, Target Corporation, Whole Foods and more. To learn more about ESG, visit

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