IMI plc - Global Leadership Development Programme Supports 5-year Business Strategy

"By truly understanding their role in improving business performance, managers, team leaders and supervisors can build and inspire great teams" Karen Hughes, Capability and Development Manager, HR, IMI plc

Case studies

Specialist engineering company IMI plc employs approximately 10,500 people in over 50 countries around the world in 3 divisions: Critical Engineering, Precision Engineering and Hydronic Engineering.

Leadership on a global scale 

In 2015, IMI embarked on an ambitious management development programme: Being a GREAT IMI Manager. Karen Hughes, Capability and Development Manager, HR, explains the business context, saying, “We had gone through major organisational change and had established key management behaviours required to grow and improve our business. We needed a consistent group-wide approach to enable managers to achieve our business strategy.”

The aim of the programme was to create and share a common language around management behaviours and help delegates to understand their role in the company’s 5-year business strategy. Karen adds, “By truly understanding their role in improving business performance, managers, team leaders and supervisors can build and inspire great teams.” 

With such an extensive geographic reach, IMI searched for a training partner who could deliver in local languages and handle the logistics of working in multiple countries. With its proven ability to implement global programmes, Lane4 was chosen to deliver Being a GREAT IMI Manager jointly with IMI across its international operations.

Blended content  

Workshops have now been co-delivered by IMI and Lane4 in the USA, UK, India and Singapore. Local language events have also been delivered in China, the Czech Republic and Germany, with Poland and Italy also scheduled.

IMI subject matter experts cover the corporate priorities of strategy, learn as it applies to continuous improvement, and good financial management discipline. Lane4 consultants have designed and now lead sessions on management skills, including ‘managing self’, performance management, leadership communication, giving feedback and coaching.

Each workshop hosts delegates from all 3 IMI divisions. Karen comments, “This helps to spread best practice and increase collaboration, while enabling delegates to build very useful networks. Delegates consistently rate improved networking as one of the key outcomes of attending the programme, along with understanding their own role in delivering the strategy and linking the business strategy to the work of their department.” 

A critical element to the success of the programme has been executive involvement. Karen notes, “Our senior team believe in building strong talent pipelines to achieve our ambitions. Their presence and active contribution make the workshop a significant event for delegates. It shows that management is 100% committed to their development.” 

Commenting on the support received from Lane4, Karen says, “We have built a great working relationship. As the programme has unfolded, our Lane4 consultants have been very organised and supportive. As we go forward into the third year, the programme just keeps getting better.”

Key Benefits of the Programme

  • A global programme to support IMI plc in implementing its business strategy

  • 1,200 managers, team leaders and supervisors to be trained

  • A long-term programme that goes from strength to strength

It was inspiring to see how passionate the senior executives are about the business. I learnt how important it is for me to communicate clearly and how to develop my team through coaching and feedback

Qamar Hashmi, Quality Manager IMI plc