Enabling Virtual, Global Leadership at Siemens
Like most large organisations, Siemens is building its future based on global team platforms, cross-continent collaborations and supply and communication chains that challenge even the most international of leaders.
As global leaders in their own fields, divisions like Digital Industries are constantly searching for innovation and improvement - and Lacerta Consulting has been partnering with them (and other Siemens Divisions) for many years in projects spanning safety culture, customer-first, empowerment and ownership, rapid innovation and now, virtual leadership development.
Lacerta has developed and prototyped a brand new programme of leadership development - entirely delivered virtually, with the intention of:
- Equipping senior leaders with skills necessary to effectively lead geographically dispersed, multi-cultural teams, with maximum presence, and positive impact.
- Growing their self-awareness and confidence in leading through virtual and distance media.
- Developing them as role-models, and preparing them to transfer those skills to others throughout their Siemens Divisions.
The programme spans 10 months, giving rise to around 1 hour of concentrated learning work each week. Divided into 12 modules, senior leaders explore leading-edge learning in the form of videos, interactive materials, reading, toolkits and pragmatic exercises. Immediately their work on the programme runs alongside the work they have to do with their international, complex teams, making change and application immediate.
Their experimentation and personal learning is supported throughout with a mixture of whole group webinars and discussion groups, and smaller, more intimate Peer Support Groups. Everything is delivered virtually using web-enabled classrooms, meetings, audio and visual tools and our own e-learning platform.
As they exit the programme, they choose to continue to support each other through the peer based groups. They have access to on-line materials for up to a year and can download and keep a wide range of materials and handouts.
This highly sustainable, adult and empowering model fits well with the organisation who want to get the right balance between expert led development and self-sustaining, value for money.
"Given their deep knowledge of Siemens, and their provocative yet supportive, no-nonsense approach, Lacerta Consulting were exactly the right partners for us to tackle this important topic.
Globally deployed teams and virtual collaboration are already business as usual for Siemens. Raising the skills and competence of our leaders to truly embrace their role in the development of their virtual, global teams is crucial for continued high performance and engagement of our employees."
Dagmar Woetzel, Siemens AG, Power and Gas Division, People Transformation Lead and Annemarie Kreyenberg, Siemens AG, Digital Factory Division, Lean & Process Excellence
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