In February/March, we will host the third round of our successful GMP programme with IMD. Under the headline “Changing leadership in a digital age”, 35 GMP members will reflect digital transformation and leadership challenges in a volatile and complex environment. Module 1 in Lausanne (12–15 February) will boost GMP collaboration and will offer in-depth reflections on agile leadership. This will be enriched by insights into digital business drivers and customer-centric digital transformation. In Module 2 in Amsterdam (26–28 March), GMP members will visit companies that will share their real-life approaches to success in digitally disrupted environments.
On 18 February, we will reunite the first GMP cohort of the 2016 IMD Programme. Besides reactivating collaboration and networking, we will meet with executives from Daimler in Stuttgart who will share insights from their transformation journeys: Daimler’s Head of Strategy will discuss the development of new business models under the pressure of future trends and technology. His executive colleagues will talk about how IT and technology boost transformation and corporate collaboration. Beyond that, they will present their famous “LEADERSHIP 2020” corporate initiative to fully reinvent their leadership culture.
Our successful lab journey continues: in small teams, GMP members from different regions, business fields and hierarchical levels come together in a protected environment to share their practical cases with the facilitation of an experienced executive coach. This year’s labs will again focus on topics like Transformation & Leadership, Agility, and complexity down – efficiency up. We will offer four new labs this year covering APAC (Singapore), the two headquarters in Munich (24/25 July) and Düsseldorf (28/29 May), and North America (12/13 September). For the APAC Lab in April, we have been partnering with IMD and Google in Singapore to enrich the agenda for participants coming to this event from across the entire APAC region. You will receive a separate email with all dates in due course. We are looking forward to your registrations.
Thank you for completing our survey on digital GMP formats (we achieved a response rate of 64%). The consolidated feedback shows that, on the whole, you most value face-to-face activities on GMP and the opportunity to network a lot. At the same time, you see a need for offers that can be used more flexibly and remotely. The three topics you are most interested in are: Change & Transformation, Leadership, and Technical Skills nuggets. When it comes to learning via online platforms, most of you prefer a mixture of content curated by Group HR and needs-based browsing and learning.
Following the feedback you gave in the survey, we are excited to share with you our first step to make the GMP portfolio more digital and improve remote access. Every GMP member will get access to IMD’s exclusive online training and knowledge resource platform for executives. You will get access to exclusive content provided by our trusted executive education partner IMD in Lausanne on business, personal development and technical topics. Formats vary, from articles, videos, podcasts, ePapers to fully fledged online courses. Stay tuned for the kick-off.
Our fourth GMP Lounge was held at the headquarters of ERGO Group in Düsseldorf for the first time on 19 November. Our speaker was Gisela Stuart, a politician from the UK’s Labour Party (originally from Germany) who supported the “Vote Leave” campaign. As you might imagine, the topic “Why Brexit?” made for lively discussions. More GMP Lounges are to come in 2019, with exciting speakers already in the pipeline. The next GMP Lounge will take place in Munich. Depending on the speaker, the event will most likely be held in English.
“Transformation: The reason why and the art of how” was the topic of an inspiring and interactive three-hour meeting held in Munich in December. IMD president Professor Manzoni shared his views on corporate transformation: The transformation of an organisation is not an event. It is a journey that is designed to achieve high impact at two levels – individual and organisational. Purpose, leadership, engagement and above all capabilities are critical for successful transformation efforts. 20 GMPs shared their perspective in an informal atmosphere which also allowed for a controversial discussion with a lasting effect.
In November, more than 20 GMP candidates from seven countries spent three and a half days at the Ashridge Business School campus, where they focused on personal resources, resilience and what this means for personal leadership. Prepared with a resilience check and a 360° questionnaire result, we dived into the world of sports and high performance challenges. New insights were provided by special elements including meditation, mindfulness practice and professional actors simulating coaching sequences. The highlight was an actual “pit stop” experience, changing the tyres on a real Formula 1 car. There will be a third round of the Pit Stop on 11–14 November 2019. Keep your eyes peeled for the save the date email!
On 13 and 14 September, the second regional GMP Lab for North America was held at Munich Re America’s training centre in Princeton. Seven participants from the US, Canada and Brazil worked on their real-life cases pertaining to management, change and leadership. The lively discussions and feedback from the participants showed once again how well this short format works. It provides very practical support for GMP members in their challenging everyday tasks, and participants once again benefited from the rapid building of a high level of trust. Those small but powerful networks across our Group will be vital for more and better co-operation in the future. Thanks go to the MRAm HR colleagues for hosting the GMP in Princeton.
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