Using assessments, interviews, focus groups and applying RBL’s expertise on leadership brand and our research on the Leadership Code, we were able to co-create a leadership academy that we piloted with a group of very senior leaders in 2011.
Consisting of three, three-day sessions with two senior RBL facilitators, individual 360’s, executive coaching, and action learning projects, the 16 week academy pilot was a resounding success. With the unanimous support of the initial group of participants, the program was adopted and expanded in both 2012 and 2013. There have now been seven cohort groups of approximately 20 people each that have been through the leadership academy with plans for several more cohorts in 2014 based on significant demand and requests for additional seats.
In addition to significant individual achievements, 20 action learning projects addressing everything from digital strategies, store remodels and corporate social responsibility have significantly altered the company’s thinking and planning on critical issues. The capstone event of the academy, the action learning presentations are held in the company board room and are adjudicated by senior leaders including the CEO, CFO, COO, CHRO and others.
To fully round-out the academy experience, participants also spend time together in social events after long days of training and coaching. Everything from cooking dinner together to participating with an improvisational comedy company deepen the relationships that are formed in leadership academy.