Daily Mail and General Trust plc

Posted: 7th November 2016

Between 2013- 2016 Møller Institute partnered with the Daily Mail and General Trust plc. (DMGT), a company comprised of an international portfolio of businesses across multiple sectors, to deliver a Leadership Development Programme to more than 150 individuals to date. This programme was structured as two three-day residential modules separated by a six-month period, during which participants work on a real-life Business Challenge and receive personal coaching sessions. The delegates completed psychometric assessment prior to the start of the programme in order to boost their self-knowledge and encourage reflection, the results of which were explored both in their coaching sessions and in the classroom with a psychometrician. The programme was designed in consultation with key stakeholders from within DMGT, including their Chairman of the Board, CEO and Financial Director.

The course equipped delegates with a deep and rounded understanding of themselves as a leader, both of people and in their business. In the first module the delegates learned how to analyse and build the culture that they want in their workplace; how to assemble, manage and maintain high performance teams; and how to develop the coaching skills needed to support engagement and performance management. They were introduced to key tools and models to drive innovation and strategic success, through frameworks such as Scenario Planning and Design Thinking, and directly apply this learning by working through real issues they face.

In the second module delegates took part in a change management simulation in order to develop their ability to apply their knowledge of change theory, and from which they gained immediate feedback. They also developed their self-presentation skills in an effective communication workshop, and presented to the group the results of the business challenges they have worked on in the interim between modules, which they have the chance to discuss with the group CEO. Throughout the programme learning was supported by an online platform which hosts all relevant materials and provides a discussion forum for delegates to contact each other and the programme faculty.

During both modules delegates were given the opportunity to network with leaders from across the company’s different businesses, sharing experience and gaining value from the expertise of others, whilst developing greater integration and communication across the varied sectors of the organisation. They were also encouraged to engage in sporting as well as social activities, to highlight that health is part of a leader’s resilience toolkit. Dinner in a Cambridge College provided an experiential hook for the learning, and an opportunity to interact with key individuals such as the group CEO.

“Møller Institute programmes are immersive, engaging and inspiring whilst at the same time incredibly practical in nature. This unique approach helped me develop a deeper understanding of leadership and strategy and with new tools and knowledge to deploy increased my confidence in successfully leading high performing teams through significant periods of transition from print newspaper to a multi-channel media brands.”
Linda Grant, Chairman, housesimple.com. Linda attended programmes at Møller whilst Managing Director of Metro and an Executive Director at DMGT