Talent and leadership development

In 2016, UCB continued the leadership development programs in order to help prepare UCB’s new and existing leaders for successful performance in future roles. The programs bring together leaders across the entire organization in a learning context where they are faced with business and leadership concepts, allowing them to feel better equipped for current and future leadership roles. The learning journeys are 6-9 months, allowing participants to network, collaborate, and learn from each other, thus creating an alignment in how they live and lead our Patient Value Strategy. This year CSR activities were integrated in several leadership programs, as it was important to create a platform for sustainable and entrepreneurial leadership behaviors.

The ‘Accelerate’ program provides insights on a transition from an individual contributor to manager of others; 141 colleagues started this course in 2016, yielding a total of 695 colleagues participating in the past four years.

The ‘Navigate’ program expands on a transition from manager of others to manager of managers; 63 colleagues were enrolled in the course, yielding a total of 215 colleagues enrolled in the past four years.

Twenty-four UCB staff participating in ‘Navigate’ embraced various questions important to persons living with epilepsy in resource-poor countries and worked in integrated cross-functional and cross-cultural teams to identify realistic, creative and innovative solutions. They applied the blueprint: ‘from patients to science, from science to solution; from solution to patients;’ in their thinking.

Nathalie and Ozdemir, UCB (photo)

Nathalie and Ozdemir, UCB

The ‘Orchestrate’ program was redesigned and engaged 19 colleagues in a leadership course for managers of managers transitioning to managing a business, for a total of 53 participants included in the past years. Participants were exposed to innovative entrepreneurship activities in San Francisco, to CSR responsible entrepreneurship patient-activities in remote parts of China, Rwanda and Mozambique, and to managerial insights in Brussels and London. Groups focused predominantly on:

  • Exploring the needs of persons living with epilepsy, including visits to village doctors (China).
  • Deepening their understanding of the epilepsy training program for pediatricians and attending training courses for school teachers and families with children living with epilepsy (China).
  • Interpreting care in the tertiary reference center of Ndera, nearby Kigali, and linking with persons living with epilepsy in remote villages (Rwanda).
  • Understanding the importance of the epilepsy education at community and school level, including the significance of the engagement of district psychiatric nurses in the epilepsy awareness programs together with the mental health staff of the Ministry of Health (Mozambique).

Without exception, all Orchestrate participants were impressed, often humbled, and showed prodigious sensitivity to the needs and future of patients living in resource-restricted settings.