Developing Next Leaders

THE CHALLENGE

Create a leadership process for the next generation
When an $8 billion consumer products company sought to improve its cross-matrix business practices, it discovered that it also needed to develop its leadership talent. The HR organization, tasked with effective succession planning, needed to create a development program for the company’s next generation of leaders. Management’s ability to identify high-potential people and find them crucial stretch assignments had been hampered by a siloed organizational structure. The client wanted a reliable and consistent process for looking across the company to find and develop its high-potential talent. 

THE SOLUTION

Identify and develop high-potential talent
RHR International instituted a rigorous, data-based process for identifying high-potentials applied through the middle management level. To prepare this talent for leadership, RHR designed a process that meets the special needs of high-potential employees and established relevant, actionable, realistic development plans for each individual. 

THE RESULTS

Leadership consensus for sustained growth
RHR’s program created a common language and metric for evaluating people that has enabled open discussion between senior leaders, and builds consensus about who the company’s next-generation leaders are. The program eventually included 200 of the client’s executives across six continents, 36 countries, and nine RHR of offices.

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