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The Leader of Today

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 

September 2019- March 2020

HR AWARD 2021: MOST INNOVATIVE HR CONSULTING, Category of Leadership Development Solution Provider

An innovative program for the development of leadership skills and the introduction of a new culture with central pillars: coaching, stakeholders’ participation, and ancient Greek philosophy (Philosophership © and Cave Approach ©) with impressive results.

Client: Alfa Laval Greece

The challenges we had to face.

Alfa Laval Greece, part of the Swedish multinational Alfa Laval Global, is an industrial company that offers “Industrial & Marine Equipment, and Technical Support eg olive oil processing and production solutions.  In 2018-19, after a great effort during the financial crisis, Alfa Laval Greece presented rapid growth. At the same time, Alfa Laval Global has introduced new core values, core leadership skills, and corresponding behaviors. A new leadership culture appropriate to effectively address the new challenges of the VUCA global environment.

Purpose

The HR of the wider region (Adriatic) of Alfa Laval Global to which Alfa Laval Greece belongs and the General Manager of Alfa Laval Greece invited me due to my previous experience in the successful introduction of a new culture in companies in Greece to design a tailor-made project with the below goals.

-The leaders and future leaders of Alfa Laval Greece embrace the new leadership culture and respond effectively to the business opportunity of growth.

The 3 pillars of the program were

  1. 1:1 & Team Coaching for the Executive Team & CEO
  2. 360 evaluation with Stakeholders ‘feedback and feedforward about leaders’ progress during the whole program
  3. Building trust.

Results

A new leadership culture has been successfully introduced,

Executives’ subordinates worked better. Working with the leadership team, the rest of the staff evolved with it and the climate improved.

The executive team became stronger with better relationships.

Executives became coach leaders, gained more satisfaction, self-awareness, self-confidence, assertiveness, time and stress management, improved image, better physiology, cooperation and mutual support, promotion, greater willingness to undertake new projects and processes.

The CEO has been promoted.

The numbers have been improved even during the corona era!

Innovations

The whole project was innovative from the beginning, the methodology of the program from the concept to the presentation of the results.

We started with the company’s need to capitalize on the development of the industry and find the next leaders and we ended up building a new leadership culture and a strong team and of course an even better CEO.

Specifically

  • The approach to understanding the new leadership culture and to evaluate for each executive by himself and the stakeholders, before and at the end of the program.
  • The onboarding workshops
  • The 360-evaluation tool we created remains in the company as their own evaluation model of the new culture (leadership skills, values, attitudes).
  • The utilization of the ancient Greek philosophy in the coaching process but also the questionnaire of the 14 Aristotelian virtues and its use for the strengthening of the leadership skills that each executive chose to improve.
  • The use of mindfulness in the process
  • The individual presentations of the executives “My personal journey” at the end of the program

“HR AWARD 2021: MOST INNOVATIVE HR CONSULTING, Category of Leadership Development Solution Provider.”

Methodology

1st STEP

-ONBOARDING: 2 X WORKSHOPS

2nd STEP

-360 FEEDBACK – PERSONAL REFLECTION AND EVALUATION BY STAKEHOLDERS OF THE NEW LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND BEHAVIORS

3rd STEP

THE CAVE APPROACH © – QUESTIONNAIRE – EVALUATION OF THE 14 ARISTOTLE VIRTUES

4th STEP

EXECUTIVE COACHING 1:1

5th STEP

MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP

6th BHMA

THE FINAL 360 REVIEW

EVALUATION BY THE OWN STAKEHOLDERS OF LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS WHO CHOSE TO IMPROVE THE EXECUTIVES AT THE END OF THE PROGRAM

7o BHMA

FOLLOW UP WORKSHOP – CELEBRATION – SET OF NEW GOALS

PRESENTATION OF RESULTS – ESTIMATES FROM THE COACH TO THE CEO AND HR

"I found extremely interesting her approach based on the words of wisdom of the greatest Ancient Greek philosophers"

Vaggelis Papalaios
Regional Division Manager, Marine Division at Alfa Laval

I had the opportunity of being mentored by Barbara during the Coaching and Leadership program she organised for us. Ηer high skills and competencies, as well as her focused and methodical guidance in each program's phase were the key factors for me to understand and develop my own leadership profile. I found extremely interesting the fact that Barbara's methodology was based on the words of wisdom of the Ancient Greek philosophers. I strongly recommend her services to those who are interested in be transformed to the leaders of tomorrow.

"Barbara works deeply,with passion, gaining trust and achieving positive changes and a great performance

Dimitris Poulos
Managing Director Alfa Laval Greece

Being cooperated with Barbara in a leadership program in my current company. She has really delivered extraordinary results in the behaviors of my employees. Her work is personal with passion with people. Fully recommend for coaching and leadership programs.

"The results and feedback have been impressive"

Alessia Villa
HR Manager Region Adriatic presso Alfa Laval

Barbara supported me in a very important project for Coaching and Developing our Leaders in Greece. I really recommend Barbara's work for her warm approach and business-focused mindset.

"It 's wonderful to work with Barbara"

Stathis Ioannou
Financial Controller

She has an exceptional expertise in coaching. She made me feel comfortable for all my issues and worries. She is very dedicated and methodical. Always ready for help! Thank you Barbara for your exiting leadership development coaching!

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