We originally developed the Executing Strategically program in 2016 for one of America's largest, most well-established financial services organizations, and delivered it over the next several years in the company's locations across Europe, North America, and Asia. In 2019, just before the global pandemic, we began an initiative to fully redesign and optimize the program for virtual learning to allow the company's leaders to connect to one another, to the company strategy and to the learning content in the program which enabled greater alignment, networking, and the sharing of best practices in the organization across geographic boundaries.
The redesign created an immersive experience that blended a variety of learning methodologies with multiple innovative technologies, while maintaining the robust facilitation and networking opportunities that had made this program so successful in the past. What was originally a 2-day intensive classroom program was artfully transformed to a 4-week dispersed program, allowed participants to pace the asynchronous learning with their day to day workload. Learners engaged virtually to explore current execution issues with their colleagues across the globe and were able to immediately implement their learning back on the job between each virtual session. The new delivery of the program featured a tailored team-based simulation, virtual roleplays, “virtual water cooler” conversations, dynamic facilitation, and “learn from each other” discussions that tied their program back to the participants' work realities. The redesigned virtual setting allowed the executive participants to balance the synchronous elements with the learner-driven, asynchronous learning at their own pace.