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Wednesday, April 15 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Workshop - Using Simulations to Develop High-potential Leaders: Polycom’s Journey

A core element in executing Polycom’s business strategy is ensuring that leaders understand all areas of the business and are equipped to operate like general managers. To prepare future leaders for this role, Polycom designed and implemented Quest, an eight-month executive learning program for high-potential directors and senior directors that utilized a competitive team-based simulation to help them understand the value of cross-functional collaboration. This session will focuses on how L&D at Polycom built this simulated environment that created an effective learn-by-doing environment and highlight lessons learned from the experience.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how to integrate simulations in broader leadership/executive development programs.
  • Define how team-based competitive business simulations can add value to senior-level leadership program.
  • Identify key ingredients of success in utilizing simulations for leadership training.
  • Describe ways to measure the effectiveness of leadership simulation.

Speakers
avatar for Bjorn Billhardt

Bjorn Billhardt

Founder, Enspire Learning
@bjornbillhardt | | Bjorn Billhardt is the founder of Enspire Learning, an award-winning leadership development company he started in 2001 with the belief that leadership needs to be learned, not taught. Billhardt is a recognized authority in the field of leadership development and simulation design and has been a speaker at conferences such as Training, ATD (formerly ASTD) and ISPI. Prior to founding Enspire, Billhardt worked at... Read More →
avatar for Satu Salminen

Satu Salminen

Director, Learning & Development, Polycom
@satusalm | | Satu Salminen is director of learning and development at Polycom, where she is responsible for the QUEST program, a highly rated nomination ​based global leadership program for rising Polycom executives at the director and senior director level. Salminen is also responsible for Polycom's global leadership development strategy and key management and executive leadership programs across many leadership levels of... Read More →


Wednesday April 15, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Grand Ballroom B