A major manufacturing company wanted to encourage employee innovation
and creativity. They asked each division of the company to come up with "Imagination
ideas for new and innovative products, concepts
or improvements. One of those divisions hired Headwaters to run a leadership
development program for 15-20 "high potential" employees to help them
develop their Imagination Breakthroughs in an organized and systematic
fashion, as well as to develop general strategic leadership capabilities.
Strategies and Approaches
Headwaters developed a customized, year-long program to develop this
group into "growth generation leaders." We ran classes in systems thinking,
communication skills, MissionCritical Teaming, LeadingChange, and principles
of innovation. Using an internal company-developed tool, as well as the
TeamInsight Performance Profile, Headwaters conducted pre- and post-assessments
to measure growth and results. We also brought in professional coaches
to help participants master communication, problem solving, relationship
building and continuous learning skills.
The group presented four Imagination Breakthroughs to the leadership
team of the company, and aspects of all of them currently are being developed.
Two members of the first class were promoted to the leadership team and
nine others have had significant promotions and increases in responsibility.
Individuals improved significantly on the characteristics of great team
leaders based on TeamInsight data, and teams improved on all but one
of the characteristics of high performance teams.