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Announcing the Winners of the HCI Human Capital M-Prize on Leadership

If organizations are going to evolve from the hierarchical, command-and-control structure that has dominated over the past century to a new model where trust, transparency and meritocracy are guiding principles, they're going to need to change the way they develop leaders. To gain some insight into how the leadership development process is adapting to the challenge of creating leaders who are inclusive, progressive, and able to look beyond their organization for great ideas, we turned to the MIX community. With our partners at HCI, the Human Capital Institute, we sponsored the HCI Human Capital M-Prize on Leadership, and we asked you to share your stories on leadership development.
 
We received 45 stories and hacks that demonstrated a wide range of bold experimentation. You sent them in from all types and sizes of organizations around the world, from public agencies doing economic development work to manufacturing and consumer goods companies, to financial service companies and design shops. You shared suggestions and stories ranged from cross-silo mentoring, training aimed at making managers out of techies, and programs that helped elevate university administrators to deans. When the contest closed, we chose eight finalists and invited them to expand their stories. This resulted in several entries which are wonderfully complete case studies, supported in some cases by photos and videos.
 
Today, we're delighted to announce the three Winners of the HCI Human Capital M-Prize on Leadership:
 
Culture Eats Strategy
by Jonathan Becher - Chief Marketing Officer at SAP
When Jonathan Becher took the reins of a global marketing organization, he was surprised to find a team that seemed to want to delegate even minor decisions upward. He quickly realized that the way to change the team was to change that decision-making culture. By removing himself from many decision processes and reducing the stigma and penalties that had been associated with taking risks, he reinvigorated the department and boosted morale and productivity.
 
Eight weeks in a village goes a long way in making compassionate leaders -- Hindustan Unilever's Rural Immersion program
by Stephen Remedios - Freelance Coach & Executive Trainer at The Stephen Remedios Company
To fill its managerial pipeline, Hindustan Unilever was reaching out to promising young managers and recent graduates, many of whom had studied and worked overseas in the Indian diaspora. Though these executives understood the consumer goods business, in some cases they were out of touch with the customer base they were selling to, especially India's rural customers. To bridge that gap, the company launched a leadership development program that placed these young executives in rural villages for several weeks, to give them the opportunity to get to know the people who would be their customers. The result was an enriching and unforgettable experience, one that develops a unique style of leader.
 
Music and Leadership: a Perfect Combination
by Luc Galoppin - COO at MedeMerkers
What can managers learn from the arts? We often think of this relationship in one way: patrons support artists. Indeed, that was the origin of the BIZZarts concept. But an effort to support musicians financially turned instead into a powerful learning experience in which managers gleaned valuable lessons from the ways that musicians communicate, rehearse, collaborate, perform -- and even the way they tune their instruments. What's more, this sensory- and experience-based training triggers insights that stay with managers long after the training event.
 
Congratulations to our three winners. Each receives a free trip to HCI's 2012 HCI Human Capital Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona, on March 5-7, where they will have a chance to discuss their ideas on stage. Perhaps more importantly, they've placed in the stake in the ground as management innovators, recognized for their ideas and their contribution to the goal of developing organizations that are fit for the future. We congratulate them.
HCI offers MIX Members $500 off the 3-day Human Capital Summit registration pass when they use this code to register: FRIENDSOFHCI1495
 

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