Using 5 Conversations to help embed corporate values
Our client’s needs:
Ferring launched their Leadership Principles in 2017, starting with the leadership team. They wanted to find a way to use an experiential approach to rollout and embed these values throughout the organisation. Having previously used 5 Conversations for a different programme, they felt that it was a really good fit for Ferring and would help to bring their Leadership Principles to life through everyday conversations.
The rollout of Ferring’s Leadership Principles and 5 Conversations has been spearheaded by the Technical Operations Division which asked The Oxford Group to train 18 internal trainers so they could deliver 5 Conversations across the division. They started by training the leadership teams on each manufacturing site and then moved on to deliver the programme to other people managers.
Ferring’s Leadership Principles are:
- Empowerment - we create leaders and intrapreneurs
- Innovation - we experiment and build our future
- Accountability - we own everything we do with courage
- Collaboration - we are in this together
- Transparency - we listen and share
- Purpose - we share one Mission, we are guided by the Ferring philosophy
- Performance - we achieve excellence
A strong example of how this rollout of the Leadership Principles programme worked for Ferring is at FSMP, Ferring’s Swiss Manufacturing Plant part of the Technical Operations Division.
Initially, we took their top 130 leaders for the whole Technical Operations Division through a 5 Conversations taster session, followed by a train-the-trainer session for those who would be responsible for rolling out the programme to the rest of the division. After that, it was over to them, although we were on hand to provide support and guidance.
This programme has had a lot of support from the FSMP leadership team and there was a very clear plan working top-down within the site, with a focus on getting engagement at each stage before moving on.
They started with a masterclass for the senior leadership team who were then tasked to start using 5 Conversations with their direct reports. 5 Conversations was introduced to the management team in a half-day workshop a few months later and the leadership team gave them each a copy of the 5 Conversations book to read.
5 Conversations was then introduced to the rest of the site as part of the Leadership Principles event, a big team-building day for 320 employees facilitated by managers who had been through the earlier workshop. It kicked off with a presentation from Leadership Principles ambassadors, followed by the site director who introduced 5 Conversations. Conversation 1 (Establishing a trusting relationship) was then used as an icebreaker.
Following this, participants were split into mixed teams for three different hour-long workshops on key themes chosen from findings in Ferring’s employee engagement survey - Trust, Communication and Who Does What. Each group had facilitators who stayed with them as they moved through the different activities, to observe, take notes and participate in the debrief. The facilitators were given a guide with questions for each workshop linked to emotions and behaviours that would help them facilitate the debriefs.
The organisers also created a booklet for participants which accompanied the day and gave them the opportunity to take notes for three reflective questions to go through after each workshop. The booklet also prompted them to track their emotions throughout the day. It was stressed that this was confidential to the participant so that they could be completely honest about themselves.
The day was then wrapped up with Conversation 3 (Showing genuine appreciation).
Having set the tone and expectations with all site employees, the management team then followed a month later with the full-day 5 Conversations masterclass.