Waverley

SES – Global Leadership Development for Mid Tier Managers 

‘This was the best leadership development experience I have ever had … my relationships with my team are more open, more real … I have started a new company wide project to implement business continuity management.’  A Participant

Need

SES is a global satellite business which had experienced rapid strategic growth, through acquisition and launching new country operations. In 2010 a decision was made to seek to build cultural alignment across the different entities through the commencement of a ‘One SES’ initiative. SES invited Waverley Learning in 2011 to design & deliver a bespoke leadership programme that would both complement ‘One SES’ and build the leadership capability of mid tier managers across the organisation.

Approach

In close liaison with senior L&D managers from Europe and the USA, we designed a cross cultural programme that would involve line managers in helping participants both prepare for, and follow up on, a three day catalytic workshop focusing on (authentic) personal and team leadership. We also built in follow up 1:1 coaching 3-4 months after completing the workshop to help embed learning.

Impact

The programme is currently in its second year, so it is premature to assess the lasting impact. However, it is having a transformational affect on the leadership being expressed by mid tier managers across the organisation. Almost without exception participants have reported increased levels of clarity, confidence / courage, and engagement. Meanwhile, line managers have reported increased levels of energy and initiative in their managers.

'I have expressed more creativity and operated outside my personal comfort zone – I recently presented my ideas to the Innovation Committee …’

‘I’m much more aware of my own behaviour… The programme gave me a new way of thinking … I used to feel pressure as a burden, I now feel it as a challenge.’

‘The programme made me aware that I can be a leader, that I have it in me … it made me more aware of my role and that I have the confidence to do it.’