Over the past few years, People Academy has been privileged to work with many organisations, worldwide, helping them shape and implement culture change.
A world-class brand, and world-class product… not much need for change at BMW. However, the UK board saw things differently. Taking a leaf from the All Blacks world-beating philosophy, they subscribed to the view “When you’re at the top of your game, change your game!”
They recognised that the workplace of the future is going to be unrecognisable compared to that of today, that technological change is occurring exponentially, and that a fresh approach to management and leadership will be required.
In 2014, with our help, they embarked on a change campaign to touch the very heart and soul of leadership, to transform the way managers are perceived and the kind of relationships that exist between employee and employer. In 2016, the campaign continued momentum, with a People Academy programme for managers to develop ‘Authentic Leadership’ and to help managers develop their leadership philosophy. The campaign has played a pivotal role in shaping a High Performance Culture for the future.
TEAM USA OLYMPIC COACHES
The driver for culture change was the recognition that, although Team USA had some of the world’s best sports coaches and performance directors, there was scope for achieving even higher levels of performance by developing their ‘people acuity’ and agility in the way they engage with stakeholders.
We worked with cohorts of Olympic coaches to release the untapped potential in all of them, to become more effective and develop real mastery of the People Dimension. The results have been astoundingly positive. The ultimate test will be how this translates into medals and performances at the Rio and Pyeong Chang Olympics.
“People Academy were just awesome and changed both my professional and personal life, thank you.”
- Head Coach USA Archery
“If medals were being given to organisations at the top of their game, then People Academy would be in Gold medal position every-time.”
- Head Coach USA Biathlon
“An incredible emotional journey of self discovery.’’
- Assistant Coach USA Women's Soccer
"I have never been encouraged to reflect so much and challenge my thinking in all my life.’’
- Head Coach USA Paralympic Swimming
“You guys at People Academy, you completely knocked me out the park, thank you.”
- Head Coach USA Diving
“As a result of this programme, I’ve actually started seeking out feedback and that was a game changer.”
- Head of USA Snowboarding
'From High Potential to High Performance' workshops
People Academy are delighted to have teamed up with Thomas International to provide free workshops that explore the importance of culture change and developing high performance cultures within organisations.
Built around a framework of people, teams and cultures, this free workshop will help you gain insight into the future of learning and development, enabling you to discover a range of innovative solutions you can easily and quickly embed into your organisation for maximum impact.
Led by business leaders presenting live case studies (BMW and USA Olympic coaches), if you’re responsible for people development, this opportunity is not to be missed!
WATCH OUT FOR PART 2 OF THE 'HIGH POTENTIAL TO HIGH PERFORMANCE' BLOG SERIES
In the next blog in this series, we’ll share some of the thinking behind our approach with these and other organisations seeking to develop high performance cultures.
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