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Accelerated leadership at Pepsico

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To develop the leaders of tomorrow with a global and collaborative mindset, PepsiCo and Impact worked in close partnership to develop two innovative leadership programs, helping PepsiCo to secure the leadership pipeline needed for continuous business growth.

Each program is fully documented for internal delivery and are now part of the global leadership curriculum to help key talent accelerate their career. With an overall satisfaction score of 4.7/5, the programs also won a Brandon Hall Group Award for best in content.

Starting in 2013, PepsiCo and Impact worked in close partnership to develop two innovative leadership programs with the aim of growing a strong and sustainable talent pipeline for PepsiCo's key managers and leaders.

PepsiCo was in the process of a major transformation. They wanted to leverage the scale and reach of the organization in a matrix that enables collaboration and cooperation, to improve innovation, operational efficiency and sharing best practices. Having a clear set of key talent programs would develop a pipeline of leaders with a common development platform, a strong network across the business and an enterprise mindset, enabling them to work effectively across the globe within PepsiCo’s new operating model.

Impact and PepsiCo worked closely to agree and deliver a harmonized solution that leveraged the best tools available from PepsiCo's existing 32+ high-potential programs, as well as external best practice and Impact’s own innovative experiential learning methodologies. Each program had to be scalable for global delivery, relevant and applicable regardless of location or function, while having some flexibility built-in for local customization.

Two task force teams were formed, each consisting of representatives from Impact and PepsiCo. One of these was responsible for Acceleration Leadership Program-I aimed at managers of teams. The other, Acceleration Leadership Program-II targeted senior leaders with the potential to step into VP positions. The mission of each team was to deliver an engaging and state of the art global development program.

Impact facilitated a three-day design workshop for senior HR representatives from each PepsiCo region to initiate a design and development process that would incorporate best practice from the existing programs across the business.

Two sophisticated, intensive and interactive multi-modular programs were created incorporating both virtual and face-to-face elements. Both programs are separate entities encompassing different methodologies, yet each provides a consistent and comprehensive learning system to accelerate development of key talent across PepsiCo. Each program is fully documented for internal delivery, with implementation guides, materials and facilitator guides.

These programs are part of the global leadership curriculum and are intended to help key talent to accelerate their leadership development for a successful career in PepsiCo. They learn from each other and from senior leaders, as well as from external facilitators who present thought-provoking content.

The Acceleration Leadership Programs develop a powerful network for development through leveraging trusting, mutually beneficial relationships with peers and leaders during and after the programs.

The current Acceleration Leadership Program-I and -II (ALP-I and -II) implementations are helping PepsiCo to secure the leadership pipeline needed for continuous business growth. With their new operating model, it greatly emphasizes developing leaders of tomorrow to have a global mindset and to be very collaborative as they shift to a matrix organization.

The program was first piloted and implemented in 2013 and PepsiCo and Impact continue to work together today. Hundreds of PepsiCo leaders have taken part in these programs.

When the programs were first created the goal was to achieve a 4/5 overall satisfaction score. All 11 programs that have run have seen overall satisfaction scores of at least 4.7/5. The highly positive reactions by the participants to the programs demonstrate the impact the program is having in our future leaders, and we anticipate similar results in the future. 

In 2015 the programs won a Best in Content Excellence Award from Brandon Hall Group. The entries were evaluated based upon the following criteria; fit the need, program design, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.

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