Defence & Emergency Services

Leadership Development & Performance Management,
BAE Systems (UK)

SG - Clients - Leadership Development and Performance Management - BAE System - 21 Jul 2015

Background

BAE Systems is the 3rd largest global defence company engaged in the development, delivery & support of advanced defense & aerospace systems in the air, on land & at sea. They have major operations across 5 continents, with customers & partners in over 40 countries. Their strongest positions are in each of the following markets – Australia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, UK & the US - they have organised the business to reflect this. They employ 83,400 highly skilled people & their annual sales exceed £16.6 billion in FY2013/14

Issue

Their UK leadership team requested support in identifying areas for potential leadership development to deliver the cost, capability & overall financial performance to meet their clients' needs.

Solution

Synergy Global facilitated a strategic workshop to explore the following issues: how they might further develop project managers’ leadership skills to integrate outputs from other functions, suppliers & stakeholders in order to deliver attainable project goals to time & budget - a vital capability. Given that within the Defence Sector the trend is towards customers demanding greater capability at lower cost, we also explored how leaders might motivate & develop their teams to ensure improved service. BAE Systems have since developed a program to ensure that all project managers now have the professional skills to achieve their full potential. Finally, we looked at how leaders were working towards a more motivational coaching culture as well as evaluating their performance management system to address skilled staff retention.

Outcome

Synergy Global helped to raise the awareness of development issues in the leadership team & facilitated dialogue as well as action planning, so that they could begin to address the identified needs & best practice sharing. This helped to ensure enterprise level leverage in the areas of management capability, team competency, diversity & positive cultural change, for the benefit of the organisation & their clients.

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