Taking an iterative approach to developing +1,000 leaders at one of the world's most respected companies

T- partnered with Unilever's Global L&D, Capability and Innovation functions to design, lead the global rollout and measure the impact, of the FMCG’s most high profile innovation leadership development programme in +10 years.


With over 400 brands, touching the lives of 2.5 billion every day, they’ve spent decades building up its business to become one of the biggest, most successful FMCG companies in the world. But in today’s fast-paced and highly volatile business environment, success factors of the past do not guarantee the future. Unilever needed to transform how it works to generate better, bolder, faster innovation – to remain competitive in the long run and deliver on its mission to make sustainable living commonplace. 

The Innovation Leadership Programme (ILP) builds new mindsets and skill sets for managers responsible for leading innovation teams, drawing on cutting edge research and landing a deeply practical programme into the flow of work for busy managers. 

The Result

A key success factor has been the continuous improvement of the programme, enabled by our iterative approach to design and delivery, involving a build-measure-learn cycle for each of the ~50 cohorts of 25 leaders trained over a 24 month period.  

The impact of the programme has already been felt in the organisation, imbuing a new common language, recognised as creating a culture shift with 20% self and peer reported increase across the core competencies using T– proprietary tools. The successful delivery has led to T– being selected (and humbled) to create a sister programme for ILP for the FMCG’s top 200.


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