The situation: This organization faced two issues: creating better leaders for the present and cultivating talent for the future. As the senior team became more “senior,” the pressure to build leadership bench strength increased.
The approach: In addition to consulting with the senior team on how best to meet both objectives, we conducted a highly customized leadership development initiative for high-potential managers and executives that blended action learning principles with BlessingWhite’s Leading Out Loud program. Given the company’s focus on developing new talent, the program participants worked on a real-life challenge: developing a plan to recruit and develop new talent. With the help of our leadership coaches, the participants met regularly for 4 months to refine and finalize a plan and a strategy for presenting that recommendation to the firm’s senior leaders.
The results: The group presented its recruiting and leadership development recommendations to the CEO, who was delighted with such a clear plan and process from “bright, passionate, and committed people.” BlessingWhite continues to provide consulting support and coaching as the plan is being implemented and promoted.