Three tiers of virtual leadership development at Morgan Advanced Materials
Morgan Advanced Materials identified a need to create sustainable, high-performing teams of capable leaders to deliver today’s strategies and objectives whilst growing the future of the business.
Impact partnered with Morgan to design and facilitate three tiers of unique leadership development. Each tier involved a 14–24-month blended development journey for:
- Senior leaders
- Middle managers
The programmes were successfully translated into fully virtual delivery due to COVID-19, having originally used blended delivery methods, including three face-to-face modules for each cohort. The programmes pushed the boundaries of experiential, synchronous virtual learning.
The core objective of the leadership development programmes was to empower participants to deliver leadership and change across the organisation. The virtual solution needed to accelerate participants’ leadership capabilities, equipping them with the skills to manage change in a volatile and uncertain business environment.
More specifically, the leadership journeys have the following four aims:
Direction: drive company wide alignment to the Morgan purpose and business strategy so that all leaders are pulling together in the same direction.
Global network: develop a global network and pipeline of leaders who inspire and develop their people.
Change: drive and manage change so that Morgan can grow faster than their competition.
Invest in people: demonstrate care by investing in people so that the organisation continues to attract, retain and motivate great talent.
Impact worked in collaboration with Morgan to build three distinct 14–24-month immersive blended leadership journeys. They were designed to meet the individual needs of participants at different stages of their Morgan career: senior leadership, middle management and early careers.
The solutions combined landmark face-to-face modules, powerful virtual experiences, strategic business challenges, self-led online learning, podcasting, peer coaching, mentoring and mobile-first learning technology.
The virtual aspects of the programmes incorporated Impact’s digital learning app, air. The use of ‘air drops’ on the app-enabled customisation of learning activities. Learners were prompted into action through relevant, provocative content, workplace and external encounters, reflection exercises, skills packages and toolkits.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, each of the leadership journeys was translated to fully virtual delivery. The live virtual experiences spanned multiple time zones and days and generated highly successful results. Pioneering virtual methodologies were created, including virtual In Market Journeys and Innovation Exchanges, Immersive Leadership Challenges and innovative self-directed learning.
The solution won a Silver Learning Technologies Award in November 2020. The judges were impressed by the innovative use of a rich variety of learning technologies leveraged through Impact’s learning app, air.
- 100% of participants identified things they are now doing better or differently
- 100% of participants reported using the core skills at least monthly
- 99% of participants rated the modules as good or very good
“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!”
Learning Technologies Award 2020 Judge