Andy Crossey, group talent manager director talked about the Champions League Orientation programme – the leaders induction programme which has been running at Capgemini for a year.

He told delegates at the 2012 Peer Awards that the programme is for the top 1% of leaders at the company and replaced what Crossley described as a traditional one-week, residential induction course. ‘A week is too long in today’s business environment,’ he said.

The Champions League Orientation programme is a task-based programme which is a mix of residential and online activity. Leaders are provided with tasks generated by other senior leaders in the business. Increasingly these tasks involve working on challenges in local community groups and charities.

The aim is for Capgemini to see how their new leaders work on new tasks and to identify how they lead. There is also peer feedback, which according to Crossey, can surprise delegates as they believe they are at the top of their game.

Using a team which includes two psychologists, a theatre director, visual image expert and social media expert, the company devises a range of tasks and what it calls ‘creative disruptions’ to those tasks. This includes disrupting tasks, for example a juggler turning up to juggle during final preparations to a presentation to the chief executive. The aim is to see how the new leaders cope with disruption.

The team also works with inductees on how they present themselves – they are not allowed to use Powerpoints in any of their tasks.

Crossey said the learning management system is the glue that binds the whole process together – this is where inductees meet each other and find out what they need to be doing and when as a part of their induction.

Here they post images, videos and other relevant learning content. he said the forums are heavily used for peer to peer sharing.

So far the feedback from delegates has been very good – on average 4.5 out of 5.