Client Profile & Challenge: Financial Services Industry

Facing competitive pressure in its efforts to attract and retain the most talented employees, the company discovered from internal surveys that trust and communication levels between employees and the organization weren’t optimal.

The company wanted to develop and create a more collaborative, trusting culture where people could have meaningful, candid, and constructive conversations about performance. It sought a solution that would improve collaboration and trust internally, in line with its goals of becoming an employer and business of choice while strengthening its financial solutions brand among consumers.

Financial Services Case Study

Importantly, the financial services company wanted much more than just an off-the-shelf workshop; it sought a collaborator in the solution-creation process and a partner that could develop a solution it could integrate deeply and make its own, nurturing a coaching focus to transform the organization’s culture long term.

Solution & Results

After a rigorous search, the company decided to partner with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)® to implement a solution focused on having better conversations across all levels in the organization to strengthen trust and communication.

The first phase of the work identified key areas of development, aligned business imperatives to the new organizational behaviors, and established key indicators to track the impact of the solution. The company and CCL selected a scalable coaching solution, called Better Conversations Every Day (BCE)™, as the vehicle to achieve the organization’s goals.

One critical factor in the company’s engagement was CCL’s ability to adapt BCE to its unique needs. In addition, CCL created a solution so the company could develop internal capabilities to deliver BCE, enabling it to leverage CCL’s research-based approach with all employees. The CCL partnership is also supporting the organization as it builds a culture to reinforce new behaviors.

To scale across the organization, CCL developed a licensing agreement and train-the-trainer solution that enables the company to deliver Better Conversations Every Day on its own, expanding the reach and cultural impact of BCE throughout the organization.

More than 350 employees have been through BCE delivered by CCL. Another 1,400 employees will go through the BCE experience delivered by a growing cadre of the company’s CCL-trained coaches. After that, all of the organization’s other employees will participate in a micro learning experience that’ll reinforce the core BCE behaviors—supporting a common leadership language and moving the culture.

The CCL partnership also has strengthened other strategic initiatives the company is undertaking. For example, a high priority effort to strengthen its customer service is drawing on many of the capabilities and tools that BCE has provided.

CCL’s ability to collaborate with the company, deeply understand its goals and challenges, and use a proven program to support it in building a coaching-based culture has made this partnership successful.

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