EiP 2016 Webinar – BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell) & Cranfield School of Management

Hosted by: EFMD

The event will start on: 05 Dec 16 10:30
And will end on: 05 Dec 16 12:00

Location: web-based,

From 10:30am to 12:00pm CET (Paris time).
If not familiar with Webex, please make sure you connect 15 minutes prior to the session.

Exploring Leadership within the BG Group


BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell) partnered with the Centre for Customised Executive Development (CCED) within Cranfield School of Management to co-design and deliver ‘Exploring Leadership’, a development intervention unlike any that the organisation had experienced before. Making this challenging, innovative and counter-cultural programme a reality demanded courage on part of the organisations and individual stakeholders involved, as well as continued engagement and collaboration within the partnership.

In the context of the deepest sector downturn since the 1990s, BG Group turned its successful entrepreneurial culture towards how it would address this classic change challenge coupled with radical uncertainty. The response of BG Group was to invest in a Learning & Development initiative that would:

  • Enhance the capability of senior and mid-level managers to deliver strategy in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous (VUCA) environment»
  • Facilitate in individuals an understanding of their own leadership values, motivation, approach, and impact
  • Facilitate an emergent common understanding of what good leadership looks like within BG Group

The programme was well received and highly rated and worked well as a catalyst of powerful change for a population of high-talent managers. The evaluation study found impact spanning:

  • The individual level: personal leadership (self-awareness, reflective practice, confidence to lead)
  • The population level: a support system of networked relationships
  • The organisational level: improved talent development, leadership culture, and performance.

In addition, the approach of this programme has been sending a strong signal to the wider organisation as to how to support the development of leadership in a fluid and emergent context.

In this session, Craig Darroch (BG Group) and Mark Threlfall (Cranfield School of Management) will share their success stories and also point out some of the interesting challenges they came across during these last years.

Following reading are available prior to the webinar: Full Case and Global Focus article.

EIP gold2015-LR-newThe BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell) & Cranfield School of Management were granted the Gold Award in the EFMD Excellence in Practice Award 2016 in the category of ‘Executive Development’.  


  • Craig Darroch, Head of Learning and Development, BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell), UK
  • Mark Threlfall, Executive Development Director, Center for Customised Executive Development, Cranfield School of Management, UK

This session will be moderated by Jan Ginneberge.

Target group:
This webinar is dedicated to both companies and L&D providers (Business Schools, Executive Education Centers / Consultancies).

Attendance is free but requires registration. Number of participants is limited. Priority will be offered to EFMD member organisations. Follow the registration process (under “upcoming” live sessions).

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