Board team integration programme at Stryker
The Stryker Corporation is a global leader in medical technology and one of the world’s largest medical device companies.
The top management team from Stryker Italia wanted to move towards working as a high-performing team. They knew each other well but were dissatisfied with how they worked together.
Following 1:1 conversations with each manager, the aim of the programme was to:
- Offer managers a different context within which to observe themselves and each other and to exchange honest feedback.
- Reflect on their ways of working together in order to understand which attitudes and behaviours could be changed to become a high-performing team.
Impact Italia designed an innovative learning journey, blending a team development process with a unique community action learning (CAL) project to make lasting change.
Module 1: The group took part in a series of experiential projects that challenged their behaviours and generated dialogue about how they worked as a team. Impact closed the module by tasking the managers to use their new team skills in an innovative CAL project, working with a group of prisoners to help them restart their lives.
Module 2: One month later, the managers visited a prison where they met a group of inmates. As part of their rehabilitation process, the prisoners were responsible for working and running a not-for-profit organisation. They were keen to learn from a team they would not otherwise have had contact with.
"Our experience has been extremely effective for both professional and personal development. For all the participants it was a ‘rediscovery’ process as colleagues. Impact facilitated all the sessions with a professional and enthusiastic approach. Our team was stretched and challenged ‘physically and emotionally'.
Beatrice Venditti, HR Manager