Danone's mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.




Harthill's mission is to support Danone through the Transformational Leadership Program

“The Transformational Leadership program brings fresh perspective and depth to the complex issues of leadership and organisational change. It has enriched my capabilities as a senior leader through developing my inquiry skills and ability to step back, gain a wider perspective and cast my area of influence much wider. I actively encourage my reports to attend.”  ‚ÄčSusanne Luick-Nijboer. Vice President France, Africa, Central Europe & Near East

How can leaders and their organisation transform to meet the challenges of rapidly emerging markets and stable mature markets?  

This question led Danone executives to search for a development programme to support them with the multiple and contrasting challenges facing their leaders worldwide.  In close collaboration with Harthill, Danone’s Transformational Leadership Program was born in 2013.  Transformational intelligence lies at the heart of this program. The participants inquire into six capabilities that underpin transformational intelligence.  The program is a deep exploration of these capabilities – enabling leaders to extend current strengths and develop rare ‘post-conventional’ capabilities.  The Six Transformational Intelligence Capabilities:  

* Inquiry based experimentation * Dancing between vision and detail
* Courageous use of power * Positive use of language
* Passionate detachment * Complex systems leadership


Thierry Bonetto (Group Learning and Development Director) comments:  “Transformational intelligence is key to enabling Danone’s leaders to take themselves and the organisation into an unknown future. This program is uniquely powerful in the way it supports leaders to develop these transformational capabilities”.  

The Transformational Leadership program starts with each leader receiving a Leadership Development Profile and coaching debrief – giving them insight into their leadership ‘centre of gravity’ with its strengths and constraints.  A three day workshop follows which explores and develops the key Six Transformational Capabilities. The workshop is delivered through a partnership of Harthill consultants and Danone change agents.  The program continues after the workshop with Action Inquiry groups supporting each individual’s own exploration of the Transformational Intelligences that are relevant to them.  This phase, in which active experimentation occurs, is critical to learning and sustained change. 

Strategic Leadership in Finance

Due to a major period of transformation for Finance, the Finance Board decided to develop a specific training program for Finance Leaders: Strategic Leadership in Finance, which is dedicated to enable leadership capabilities for leaders facing changes.  This program was designed and piloted in partnership and builds on the positively evaluated Transformational Leadership program.

The program is designed to:
•    Enable finance leaders to lead effectively in the new Danone organisation in an increasingly complex and turbulent environment.
•    Support finance leaders to provide increased strategic leadership to the business and to contribute effectively to a ‘business influenced by finance’.
•    Increase self-awareness of what finance leaders can change and develop in themselves and demonstrate strategic leadership on an everyday basis.
•    Enhance the way finance personnel lead, using new skills and practices.

The program commences with participants being profiled using the Leadership Development Framework Profile and consists of two workshops and team work between the workshops to allow for application of learning in the workplace.