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Transformational Leadership at Farmlands Co-operative

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In 2016, Farmlands Co-operative ­– New Zealand’s largest farmer-owned rural supplies and services co-operative – embarked on a three-year total business transformation to support their vision of preparing themselves and their stakeholders for the future. The ‘Braveheart’ programme is one of New Zealand’s most significant digital transformations, with ambitious strategic objectives and culture change required.

Farmlands worked with Impact in order to develop a leadership development programme that aligned with their vision and centred on their three strategic priorities. The programme aimed to increase leadership capacity and ensure that leaders were best prepared and equipped for the change journey.

The solution was composed of four modules: ‘Lead yourself’, ‘Build your impact’, ‘Take your people with you’ and ‘Deliver the results together’. 1:1 coaching and Action Learning Projects were also used, and all learning was applied in the workplace with a ‘whole of business’ approach.

  • Average sick leave decreased and personal wellbeing increased.
  • Average staff turnover decreased.
  • Participation in performance/career development sessions increased from 23% to 95%.
  • Employee NPS improved from -17  to -8 over 12 months.
  • Participation in the quarterly pulse survey increased from 49% to 86%, with improvements across most areas.
  • Farmlands produced another year of growth and profitability in 2018-19, with revenues higher than in 2017 and a profit of more than double the previous financial year.

Impact, in partnership with Farmlands Co-operative, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group gold award for excellence in the 'Best Advance in Leadership Development' category and a Brandon Hall Group bronze award for excellence in the 'Best Learning Programme Supporting a Change Transformation Business Strategy' category.

Impact's win was announced on August 26th 2019. Read more information on the Excellence Awards.
 
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Learning Technology Award 2020 Judges
Morgan Advanced Materials
“The use of experiential, challenge-led methodologies and the continual focus on sustainability goals and the SDGs creates an exceptionally forward thinking and effective framework to embed learning and tackle real challenges simultaneously in this blended pathway. Overall – very impressive!”
Participant
Morgan Advanced Materials
“The programme is unlike any other I have participated in. Real time, real life – it is very powerful.”
Peter Reidle
CEO
Farmlands Co-operative
“The programme has been exciting and stimulating and people have wanted to pick up the ball and run with it. We now have highly motivated and developing leaders and that has put us in a better place on our journey.”