FUSION: a Global Leadership Development Programme with Measureable ROI
An international, multi-modular, residential leadership development programme for a global bank with a business improvement project element that has delivered measurable benefits
One of the world’s leading international banks wanted to create a flagship leadership development programme for its high-potential managers. It had to be innovative, memorable and world-class in its delivery, as well as having demonstrable ROI.
They required a programme that went beyond simply teaching leadership skills, and helped break down silos in creating high-performing global teams that can deliver faster, better and more cost-effectively than the competition.
IDG designed a highly intensive programme that focused on business improvement through enhanced leadership & followership skills, closer networking more effective team building.
Each cohort of carefully-selected participants are divided into cross-functional, cross-hierarchical teams who work at learning and practising new skills whilst being tasked with delivering a business improvement project that delivers tangible business benefits. The year-long duration of each programme allows for and encourages back-at-work application, networking, feedback and measurable payback.
Each iteration consists of five residential workshops, each three days long, spread over a 12 month period. Starting and finishing at the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the UK, the middle modules are delivered in various locations across the world including China, India and Hong Kong.
A vital and required part of each FUSION iteration is support throughout from Senior Executive sponsors, with the sponsors attending the programme at least twice to offer support, advice and further networking opportunities.
The programme is supported by various psychometrics, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and an online 360º survey completed at the beginning and end of the programme.
FUSION has been delivered more than 37 times since its inception in 2008, and has won three industry awards, including The Most Effective Cultural Transformation Initiative at the Financial World Innovation Awards.
A conservative estimate of over $35 million in ROI has been achieved to date via these projects resulting in a significantly high ROI. The pre and post-programme 360° objective feedback results for all completed iterations show a 9% overall objectively-measured improvement in strengths and a 6% overall reduction in development needs. The Kirkpatrick-based evaluation scores show an average of 80% for all workshops.
“FUSION has delivered – and continues to deliver – measurable improvements in all targeted skills areas and in the service to our clients. It has broken down barriers of change and given the participants the ability and the support to make a difference within the organisation. All participants would recommend FUSION to others and many have already moved forward in their career paths due to the skills they learnt.”
“FUSION helped me tap into a network of individuals who clearly felt passionately responsible for the Group’s values and for the development and personal growth of the wider team. As a programme, FUSION challenged me to analyse my skills and working style introspectively, but also to step up and lead with my sights set on a clearly selected and maintained aim. The FUSION off-sites helped me to understand the role of leadership in a pressured environment (using the lofty historical context of Sandhurst really brought the message home), while the final payback project provided me a much-needed exposure to senior management and executive sponsorship.”