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Senior Management Leadership Development – 1

February 27, 2014 - In Assignment Portfolio, Leadership in Management Assignments - No comments yet

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UK Subsidiary of Worldwide Express Distribution Company – Principal Clients: Chief Executive and the Human Resource Director

Business Issue

A UK subsidiary of a relatively newly integrated international express distribution company wanted to develop their senior managers reporting to board, and the next level managers.  The overall purpose was to develop managers’ business understanding and managerial capabilities.  Specific learning aims involved:  business direction and strategy, how worldwide marketing, finance and administration operate, business planning and the cascade into departmental objectives/budgets and individual objectives.  Managerial capabilities to be developed were identified as: leadership effectiveness in performance improvement, developing others and team development.

How We Helped  

Initially we conducted interviews with the directors and then ran senior manager focus groups.  This enabled us to build a detailed understanding of the development needs and how the content and style of a business leadership development programme should be designed to meet such needs in the prevailing company culture.  We designed the programme to cover:  the competitive environment and business strategy, business planning and financial awareness, marketing, supply chain and facilities management, managing change, leadership including leadership style and leading team development, coaching for results and creativity and performance improvement.  Learning review meetings were held three months after the main programme.

Outcomes and Results 

Three development programmes were delivered followed by three learning review meetings.  Twelve senior managers attended the first programme followed by a group of twelve next level managers and finally a group of fifteen next level managers.  The development was well received by the participating managers.

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