In an increasingly dynamic environment for business, strong leadership is more than ever proving an important business asset. The challenge lies in selecting the most effective methods to cultivate the leadership mindset and skills required for success.
Speaking to inspire our Norwegian contacts on the subject was Global Learning Director Annica Johansson, the driving force behind leadership development at Mondelēz International (the company behind Norway’s favourite chocolate Freia). She talked about the importance of investing in leaders and how Mondeléz were able to do this through their «virtual university». One of Johannsons key messages is that leaders are the most important of all change agents, as they have the opportunity to inspire and encourage all who are around them in the process of change.
Providing an academic perspective, Professor Anne-Britt Gran of the BI Norwegian Business School Centre for Creative Industries presented recent perspectives from research on the collaboration between creative industries and Norwegian business. She underlined the crucial importance of tailoring needs for Clients and using experience oriented learning.
Final speaker of the day was Head of HR Inger Kristine Tovslid of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute. Bringing together theory and practice, Tovslid shared her experiences and perspectives on experiential and culture based learning methods as both of late have proved successful elements of the NGI organisational development programme.
As these examples and our experience elsewhere with leading organisations show, successful transformation and change management rests on the capability of leaders and managers to communicate a coherent message tailored to internal audiences. Companies that invest in leadership capability, especially in difficult times, are more resilient and successful. Please get in touch for more information about us and our unique approach.
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