Closer, Stronger Leaders

Helping senior leaders in a global engineering company to adopt a new mindset and lead with resilience after a sustained period of high pressure.

The Challenge

Our client was seeking to achieve higher results than ever. However, a series of large organizational changes and a period of sustained high pressure left many in the organization operating in survival mode; a way of operating that is neither sustainable nor healthy in the long run. For our client to be successful, their leaders needed the tools to be able to both personally navigate these pressures and support their teams to do the same. 

The Concept

We proposed a variety of engaging and interactive activities aimed at forming new connections with other leaders across the organization. Yet, instead of a traditional flow of activities across each day, the twist was that participants would rotate around different experiences in smaller groups to forge closer relationships with a smaller number of colleagues. Each one was to focus on a different theme, from resilience to control to trust.


Carefully crafted group experiences included:

An activity for leaders to clearly identify what they can control, what they can influence, and where they should focus their own and their team’s energies to be the most effective.

A team LEGO challenge to demonstrate how trust and mistrust change the dynamics of teamwork.

A resilience hike for leaders to reflect on resilience best practices and share their experiences on how they are taking care of themselves through uncertainty.

A 30/180/365 day planning session for leaders to consider how they can create these experiences for their own teams in the short-, medium- and long-term.

High Pressure

Ambitious targets and high expectations with intense scrutiny from headquarters. Failure not an option.

Relentless Change

From product to process, reporting lines to systems, structures to ways of working.

Lack of Connection

Siloed leaders create an uninspiring culture of getting results at the expense of real connection.

  • Improving Performance
  • Increasing Engagement
  • Business Growth
  • Leadership Growth
  • Accelerating Development
  • Commercial Innovation
  • Optimising Effectiveness
  • Catalysing Change

How we helped

We partnered with the Talent & Development team to help them design and deliver a three-day leadership offsite workshop for high potential leaders. The theme of ‘Connect. Create. Commit.’ was chosen to help leaders focus on the most important takeaways from the experience; connecting with a network of leaders, creating a robust roadmap of experiences to improve the performance of their team, and committing to executing their plans and continuing to grow their internal leadership network.

The Result


hours invested over the course of 3 days


days from workshop ideation to execution


senior leaders in attendance


total hours invested be the leaders


different learning assets


PowerPoint presentations


of Leaders said they felt confident in bringing back the theme of ‘Connect. Create. Commit.’ back to their teams


of leaders said they would recommend the experience to others

Feedback from the cohort:

“[The workshop showed] how as a manager we can help the company to deliver the right message, strength the confidence and bring hope.”

“I really liked the smaller team groups and breakout discussions… It allowed each to speak up and connect.”

“[I enjoyed the] dialogue with other colleagues about the day-to-day business and how they deal with challenging change in our market and industry.”

“I found the activities to be thought provoking and enjoyed collaborating and networking with all the participants.”

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