Business Restructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit


Praise for Business Restructuring
An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit

"A step-by-step guide to managing, surviving, and thriving in today's volatile marketplace."—William Bischoff, Chairman/CEO, FTN Equity Capital Markets Corp.

"Having worked with Carla and NexGen Advisors, I have witnessed firsthand how theory and pro-cess are translated into extraordinary business impact."—Carl Guarino, CEO, ICG Commerce

"You hold in your hands a million dollars' worth of advice distilled into an actionable blueprint for change. ROI = Read on Immediately!"—Stephen Shapiro, President, 24/7 Innovation, and author of Goal-Free Living

"The disciplined and systematic approach allowed for speed and execution."—Bob Stuart, SVP, Global Sales, The Hertz Corporation

"Carla is one of North America's leading new executives and at the forefront of thought leader-ship in business change management."—Graham Leary, SVP Strategic Sourcing, Winn Dixie

"Business Restructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit is the toolbox tested and proven by Zilka's work in getting profitability restored. She takes lessons she has learned from best-in-class companies to achieve results for all companies regardless of size or sector. Competition is fierce for companies and individuals in the marketplace. This is a must-read for those who don't want to follow the crowd but want to stand out."—Gayle Mattson, EVP and Global Leader, Board & CEO Practice, DHR International

"Carla Zilka is far beyond an HR or consulting professional. Rather she is a thought leader and results-driven executive who would be an asset in helping any organization become efficient. She brings a deep business insight and an entrepreneurial spirit to her work."—Michael Frankel, SVP, Mergers & Acquisitions, LexisNexis

"Restructuring is one of the few tools available to move companies reliably to higher performance levels, especially under current economic con-ditions. It is also extremely difficult. NexGen Advisors' methods, pioneered by Carla Zilka, provide a structured, effective, and proven road map to accomplish even the most ambitious corporate restructuring initiatives."—John Haworth, Consulting Principal, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

"The Organization Efficiency tools allow for a very quick and thorough analysis of the health of the data that is to be used to build an organization's analysis. The summary reports that are produced allowed me to focus on errors in a timely fashion to reach a final product in a very short time. The interactive organization charts are an exciting tool for users. They allow for several views of an organization, even down to key defined data elements at the employee level."—Nicolette Sayward, Global Director, HR Operations & HR Technology, Whirlpool

Carla Zilka is the founder and Principal Advisor of NexGen Advisors, a global business restructuring and transformation firm. As the Principal Advisor, Zilka partners with Fortune 1000 CEOs, hedge funds, and private equity firms to deliver a vision, strategy, and plan on how to effectively restructure and prepare for growth. To date, she and her team have been responsible for cost reductions totaling over $1.5 billion and revenue growth opportunities over $2 billion in under three years.



Chapter 1 Restructuring for Success: The 10-minute check.

Why You Need to Restructure.

Are Your Key Financial Indicators Telling You Something?


Chapter 2 The Playbook: A Comprehensive Approach.

Creating a Foundation for Success.

Flexible Platform for Achieving Results.

Chapter 3 Putting the Playbook into Action.

Building A Winning Team.

Equipping Your Team With the Necessary Tools.


Chapter 4 Setting the Baseline.

Moving from Unconscious Incompetence to Conscious Incompetence.

You Are Here.

How Fit Is Your Organization?

How Robust Are Your Processes?


Chapter 5 Ready to Launch.

Kicking off your Restructuring Project.

So You Think You Can Change?


Chapter 6 Executing the Framework.

Moving from Conscious Incompetence to Conscious Competence.

Organizational Efficiency. 

Business Process Improvement.

Business Process Outsourcing.

Business Process Outsourcing as a Key Enabler for Restructuring.


Chapter 7 Leadership Essentials for Success.

Do You Have What It Takes?

Plans versus People.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter.

Implication 1: Certain Leaders Have Certain Talents.

Implication 2: Changing a Leader to Fit.

Implication 3: Assessing and Aligning for the Right Roles.

Case Study: Can We Compete in this Arena?


Chapter 8 Continuous Improvement.

Moving from Conscious Competence to Unconscious Competence.

CI Organization Structure and Roles.

CI Dashboard.


Knowledge Management.

Linkages to CI.


Chapter 9 Summary of Lessons Learned.