September 2019 —

Among hundreds of international applicants, 3 innovative CCL leadership programs received gold and silver awards from the research and analyst firm Brandon Hall Group’s annual Human Capital Management (HCM) Excellence Awards. The award recipients were based on strategic fit, program design, and measurable impact in the “best unique or innovative leadership development” category.

Merck, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, and CCL received a gold award for their Diverse Leadership Program, a custom program CCL developed to help leaders of color hone their leadership skills while exploring what it means to be a diverse leader at Merck.

CCL received a silver excellence award for their partnership with Noblis, a nonprofit science, technology, and strategy organization, to develop and execute a personalized leadership development experience for highly dispersed leaders working remotely. While many of these new or up-and-coming young leaders were well-versed in technical requirements, they needed further development of their foundational and soft skills. Each leader developed 6 key skills critical to success at their level. Core to this work was CCL’s Frontline Leader Impact program, a 6-week, fully digital learning experience.

“Receiving this award means a great deal to our team and really validates the hard work we do to make professional development one of our greatest employee benefits,” says Amy Rivera, director of OD/PD for Noblis. “Our partner, the Center for Creative Leadership, was open to working with us toward a quality program combining both our organizations insights, ideas, and knowledge.”

Crowley Maritime, a marine solutions, transportation, and logistics company, and CCL received a second silver excellence award for their Developing Empowered and Innovative Leaders Using Human-Supported Digital Learning program. Also in conjunction with the FLI program, this initiative provided a leadership development solution for Crowley’s mid-level leaders, who were new to managing others and preparing for the next step in their careers.

“The CCL course reaffirmed that I’m aware of my strengths, weaknesses, and that we all have opportunities for growth,” says program participant Trevor Carbaugh. “We all come from different backgrounds and experiences in life, and it’s beneficial to understand that as we attempt to direct, align, and seek commitment. I enjoyed the 6-week course and downloaded a lot of weekly takeaways from the sessions.”

Because of the flexibility of CCL’s FLI program, geographically dispersed participants could interact and share learnings.

“Organizations of every shape and size submitted entries for Excellence Awards, each with a unique program that matches their culture,” says Rachel Cooke, Brandon Hall Group’s chief operating officer. “In judging the entries, our panel identified the very best programs and practices that every company should follow.”

The award entries were evaluated by a panel of independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall analysts and executives. Winners will be recognized at Brandon Hall Group’s HCM Excellence Conference in Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 5, 2020.

“It’s truly a privilege to partner with Crowley, Merck, and Noblis on leadership solutions that drive performance,” says CCL president and CEO John R. Ryan. “This recognition from Brandon Hall Group confirms the innovative nature of these partnerships, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work together.”

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations, and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world’s top providers of executive education, CCL has locations in countries worldwide.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
+1 336 286 4038
martins@ccl.org

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