News Release

Inspiring Leaders in India

An 8-month journey of personal and professional growth culminates in a talent-filled graduation event for Capgemini’s Powerful Leadership Program Delegates in Pune, India.

Capgemini’s ambition is to be the #1 Top Tier Technical and Professional Services Consulting firm globally. To do this, they needed to enhance their offshore leadership capability. While around half of its workforce are ‘offshore’ – based in India and Eastern Europe, offshore talent is under-represented at VP level and above. Capgemini want to bring the number more in line with their Western hubs.

Open Water designed a blended leadership programme to fast-track this group of high potential senior managers by taking them through a series of high-level modules based on the principles of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). The programme included influencing and coaching skills, and authentic and resonant leadership. The program was part of a wider Capgemini initiative

24 leaders from Capgemini’s cloud infrastructure business in Pune, India took part in a tailored leadership programme that would develop the global mindsets to prepare them for VP-level positions and make them stronger candidates for promotion.

The group’s 8-month journey included a 5-day face-to-face component, a mission-oriented collaborative project, ongoing virtual sustainability learning and bimonthly e-learning modules.

A rigorous measurement methodology ensured the results met everyone’s expectations; following the face-to-face component, 46% of job critical behaviours were being implemented and were still in place 3 months later.

More than 60% of the delegates reported that this was the most powerful learning intervention they had ever experienced:

“I would like to thank Ben, Oliver, Mike and your team for this excellent learning experience. This has been very effective compared to other sessions I attended in past. This entire program will have a very good impact on my professional and personal life.”

“This program has equipped me with knowledge, tools, resources to manage my beliefs, emotions & behaviors – with this, I will be able to manage my performance. I could actually feel the Open Water vision – that you can change the world by just influencing one person at a time. You have influenced all of us in our own way. I am sure we all will make a difference in this world in our own way. This has been one of my best learning experiences. I would like to thank you all for this experience, it will remain with me throughout my life.”

“I’d like to thank Ben, Oliver, Mike, and the rest of the team too, for taking us on a fantastic development journey. This has to be among the most impactful training sessions I have attended.”

Following the graduation ceremony in which the delegates demonstrated their new-found presentation and communication skills, Ben Shoshan, MD of Open Water who led the team of coaches on the Powerful leadership program thanked the delegates for their amazing efforts and participation in the programme. He went on to say:

“Open Water has worked with Capgemini since 2003, but this has to be one of the most satisfying and rewarding projects we have been involved in.  We are truly impressed and delighted to see how far each of the delegates has come. Thank you to all of the team at Capgemini who are committed to developing top talent, for your support and for helping us create and deliver the best program we could”.

Congratulations to all the program delegates! We wish you all every success in your mission.