Investing in Future HR Leaders

Business Challenge

A multinational pharmaceutical company saw a business need to upgrade the strategic abilities of its mid-level HR professionals. They believed that investing in the skill sets of these future HR leaders would transform the individual contributions of their HR professionals and pay off in the short-term and in the future.


The RBL Group, partnering with key company COE’s designed a four and a half-day workshop including modules on Strategy, Organizational Systems Diagnosis & Design, HR Consulting & Coaching Skills, Talent Management and Change Management. Prior to the workshop, participants identified a specific Business Challenge that they could address during and after the workshop. Throughout the week of the seminar, participants applied the concepts to their projects, which they implemented back on the job. Each participant also received 360 feedback on his/her HR competencies, as well as intensive 1-on-1 coaching on their personal development plans and Business Challenge projects.


  • The full program has been ongoing since 2007 and continues today to receive one of the highest evaluations ever within the company
  • The company is following up with participants to track the execution and effect of their Business Challenge projects
  • Currently over 400 HR managers and high potential professionals have executed specific projects with bottom-line impact
  • As a complement to this strategic program, another program was designed and added to provide critical skills to HR Professionals as Business Partners. HR Professionals have the opportunity to participate in both programs as they grow in the organization.