Sharing Best Practice CLIP Workshop

Hosted by: Gas Natural Fenosa

The event will start on: 19 Mar 15 17:00
And will end on: 20 Mar 15 16:00

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Developing Middle Management: The Strategic Lifeblood of the Company

Target Group
This workshop is by invitation only and is dedicated to corporate learning and corporate HR practitioners from companies. Free of charge for EFMD member companies and special guests (special guest = ONE free seat to attend ONE workshop for discovery for non-members).

Gas Natural Fenosa
Universidad Corporativa
Plaça del Gas, 1 pl.11
08003 Barcelona, Spain


More Information


Thursday 19 March
19.00 Reception at Barcelona Centre, Gaudi Building. Optional Turistic tour
20:00 Networking Dinner at Barcelona Centre


Friday 20 March
08:30 – 09:00 Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome
  • Teresa Manobens, Head of Global Talent Management and Corporate University, Gas Natural Fenosa
  • Senior Executive Gas Natural Fenosa
  • Richard Straub, Director Corporate Services, EFMD
09:30 – 10:30 Interactive Panel I
“Why are Middle Managers important in any Organisation”
Facilitated by Richard Straub
  • Joaquim Vilà Vilar, Professor of Strategic Management, IESE Business School
  • Juan Rovira De Ossó, Lecturer Department of People Management and Organisation, ESADE Business School
  • Alfonso Abella, Partner People & Organisation Node for Iberia, Boston Consulting Group
10:30 – 11:15 “Savia Project at Gas Natural Fenosa”
  • Victorino Anguera, HR Leadership Training & Development, Corporate University Gas Natural Fenosa
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 13:15 Interactive Panel II
“ What are the practices in companies?”
Facilitated by Jan Ginneberge
Panelists include:
  • Miguel Premoli, HR Vice President Talent Management Europe, PepsiCo
  • Carlos Esteban, HR & Corporte Responsibility Director, Zurich Insurance PLC
  • Nicky Joshi, Head of  Management Development, PSA Corporate University
  • Teresa Manobens, Talent Management and Corporate University Director, Gas Natural Fenosa
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Parallel Working Groups
Sharing of experiences and challenges amongst participating companies
16:00 – 17:00 Final Plenary
  • Report from Working Groups
  • Wrap up
17:00 End of Workshop


Workshop Objectives

This workshop will look in detail at the revitalisation of middle management as an essential force for a company’s competitive advantage and operational success.

Raise awareness of the importance of middle managers in optimising operational results

  • In large multi-divisional organisations strategic planning remains a priority, perhaps more so than ever. Nevertheless, the company’s key strategic objectives can only be achieved through a substantial strengthening of its middle management potential.
  • Middle managers are perfectly positioned within the company to bridge the gap between senior management's strategic intentions and operational realities.
  • Higher performance is associated with middle managers being involved in the thinking as well as the doing. On one side, middle manager involvement contributes to greater understanding of and commitment to the strategy. On the other side, the operational knowledge of middle managers leads to better decisions.

Ensure strategic alignment, engagement and performance of middle management

  • Analyse the issues of segmentation and the different roles played by middle managers
  • Examine the coherence between different levels of management from the bottom up and the top down (GNF’s Unique Leadership Model)
  • Compare the development strategies and learning methodologies for this target group (including on-the-job learning)
  • Discuss how expectations regarding performance, leadership skills and personal development of managers can be raised across the entire middle management population
  • Analyse the structural and process re-engineering required to take these performance improvements up to a strategic level across the whole company

Development of Middle Managers at Gas Natural Fenosa – Savia Program

  • Savia Project main objectives
    • Improve Middle Managers’ commitment and motivation
    • Enhance Middle Managers’ performance and development
    • Improving quality, reducing errors in the value chain (accidents, costs, etc)
  • Main areas of development and learning methodologies
    • Program global overview
    • On the job learning: practical focus on learning actions
    • Top Management involvement and support
  • Preliminary results of the project
    • Quantitative results
    • Qualitative results
    • Individual Development plans
  • Canal Savia
    • Strengthen strategic internal communicationt

Practical Information

  1. Venue
  2. Participation Fee
  3. Registration
  4. Accommodation
  5. Map & Directions
1. VenueTop
Gas Natural Fenosa
Plaça del Gas 1 pl. 11
08003 Barcelona
2. Participation FeeTop
  • Free EFMD Members
  • 700€ EFMD Non-members
  • Free Invited guests (ONE free seat to attend ONE workshop for discovery for non-members)
Reduction Fee: 10% reduction for the second registration from the same institution (non-member)
Fees cover attendance at the meeting, documentation, meals and refreshments, but NOT hotel accommodation. Hotel fees are to be paid directly to the hotel upon departure (please refer to the Hotel Information Section further down for more details).

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. If we receive notice of your withdrawal by March 13, 2015, a cancellation administrative fee of 75€ (+21% VAT) will be charged. After this date, we regret we are unable to refund any fees. However, in such cases substitutes are welcome at no extra cost, as long as we receive notification of the name, title and address of the substitute.
3. RegistrationTop
Please register via the above registration link.
4. AccommodationTop
Gallery Hotel
Carrer del Rosselló, 249
08008 Barcelona
T +34 93 415 99 11

  • 130€ (1 pers.)including breakfast
  • 140€ (2 pers.)including breakfast
Taxes not included (10% VAT+ 1,21€ city tax)

Cancellation Policy
Until February 25th, NO Cancellation fee.
Up to 20 days prior to arrival: 30% of total rate
From 19 to 10 days prior to arrival: 75% of total rate
From 9 days up to arrival: 100% of total rate

Deadline for booking a room: February 25th 2015 (after this date, the Hotel cannot guarantee rate nor availability).

How to book your room ? Please complete this form and follow instructions.

If you don't wish to stay in Gallery Hotel, here are other accommodations you can contact directly.
5. Map & DirectionsTop
How to reach Gas Natural Fenosa?
How to reach Gallery Hotel?:
From Airport International de Barcelona - El Prat   ~25 minutes by taxi 
Public transport: From Barcelona 'Sants' take Metro L5 to 'Diagonal'  ~ 11 minutes