Here’s some recent good news from my work as a consultant.
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Last year my colleague and I were once again invited to lead the three-day global management meeting (150 leaders) of the UN World Food Programme in Rome. This year’s agenda advanced their new, Integrated Road Map toward their future. This proprietary planning tool integrates UN Sustainable Development goals (primarily zero hunger and partnership), planned real-world results, corporate goals and objectives, and country-specific strategic plans and targets, within a rigorous financial framework. By doing so the WFP becomes the first global NGO to directly derive its corporate strategic plan from the UN’s Sustainable Development goals.
Photo: WFP/ Rein Skullerud
I recently co-led a three-day gathering of the global leadership (120 strong) of the consumer healthcare division (6,000 strong) of Sanofi, a Paris-based pharma company (110,000 strong). This was the first meeting of leadership since it acquired a respected firm nearly half its size. Day one focused on shared purpose and values. Day two focused on creating a shared growth model. Day three was given over to regional meetings.
Technology support speeds merger integration. We used a meeting software app – SpotMe – that offers personalized agendas, a networking function to readily exchange contacts with new colleagues, a means for real-time voting during presentations, a mechanism for asking questions of speakers during talks, and a brainstorming tool to capture ideas, prioritize them, share them, and rank them. Our 120 leaders generated (and prioritized) 882 ideas in answer to twelve questions in three hours, working in three, unique small groups of four. Participants found the work fast paced, engaging, and productive.
Yes, I now regularly steal away to Mexico each winter. One of my many joys is moderating three robust panels each year for the San Miguel Writer’s Conference in February. Among this year’s best-selling and award-winning panelists were Naomi Klein, Gail Sheehy, and Nathan Woodward.
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