Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for consumer and professional markets.
Over recent years, the electronics industry has seen huge change and fierce competition from new players in the market, such as the rise of smartphones and tablets. They have also had to deal with the outcomes of the global financial crisis, where discretionary spending was greatly reduced and margins eroded.
The Sony Electronics companies across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) recognise that volatility and uncertainty are now the norm for their industry. They know that strong and effective leadership is vital in order to navigate teams towards success. The challenge for the Mantle team was to design and develop a leadership initiative that engaged the whole senior leadership group across both companies in the vision, taking in to account fluctuating strategies. It also needed to give them time to stop, reflect and collaborate on the best way forward for the business, while continuing to build their leadership capability.
This was not a traditional leadership programme, but rather a facilitated series of leadership forums. These focused on the current business environment and what leaders needed to do to achieve success.
The team from Mantle worked in partnership with the HR group across ANZ to design and deliver a series of leadership forums throughout 2013. The following factors were seen as critical in their subsequent success:
The following benefits have already been identified by the organisation: