Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The group commits to enabling their team’s potential through a variety of initiatives, including the Future Leaders programme. This eight-month course couples Maynard Leigh Associates with thirty distinct Capgemini employees for several training modules (including Vital Leader, Personal Impact, and Presenting with Presence). The goal is to unlock leadership potential not only in the individual but also in the group.
I live for lightbulb moments; the instant an individual truly comprehends a thought or concept. It’s a visceral split-second – eyes widen, focus blurs, the tempo of breath increases, the mouth opens, occasionally there is a faint smile. Helping others realise their full potential through these moments is my true passion.
Through a rigorous curriculum, Maynard Leigh deconstructed and reconstructed each of us around four central themes:
The experience was electric. Over the programme, our cohort learned together, experienced together, laughed together, and literally cried together. We became a family that helped propel one another to new heights – be it through voice, mindfulness, pace, or even song. Our capstone event was presented to our executive leadership on a collection of real, big-thinking business challenges – how to become more appealing to millennials, how to promote active inclusion, and others. After a month of research, it was time to coalesce our Maynard Leigh learnings into one group pitch.
Following a half-day of additional customised coaching, hands-on tips, and pointers, it was show time. And what a show it was. I watched individuals that not eight months earlier had been timid, suddenly overflow with presence and gravitas through their words.
We had learnt how to truly connect with each other as well as the audience and use our unique strengths to become authentic presenters.
This combination allowed us to imbue lightbulb moments in others; through our presentation skills, the executive saw how to bring their ideas – our ideas – from concept to reality.This adventure, this programme, and especially this result was driven by our Maynard Leigh experience.
The only question that remains in my mind is when I’ll next be able to use these techniques to inspire those quintessential lightbulb moments in others.
"I watched individuals that, eight months earlier, had been timid, suddenly overflow with presence and gravitas through their words," said John Kamler. "We had learnt how to truly connect with each other as well as the audience and use our unique strengths to become authentic presenters."