Thales: Building a Leadership Development Legacy
Celemi Tango™ Team-Building Tools Help Rising Talent Contribute More to Financial Performance.
Top talent seeks, and grows along with, companies committed to developing leaders. At Thales, a best practices program focused on building business acumen seems to be growing the bottom line as well.
For the last five years, nearly 1,000 of the company’s fast-track leaders have participated in Celemi Tango™, a fast-paced, immersive simulation that builds business acumen while stressing the importance of employee development and human capital as a source of competitive advantage.
David Butler, head of the Leadership and Diversity Practice for the Thales Learning Hub, and his team, who run Thales leadership development programs around the world, added a competitive component to practice storytelling, branding, and pitching. After managing all aspects of their fictional companies for a day and a half, each team must then pitch their business to investors. The prize goes to the one that distinguishes itself from the rest.
When teams work on pitches there is a real buzz. After working very intensely with four to six people for 12 hours, managers see how the collective performance of their team affects their individual impact. They talk about what they’ve been able to accomplish together. They assess what went well and what didn’t. We encourage them to continue working this way back on the job.
– David Butler, head of the Leadership and Diversity Practice for the Thales Learning Hub