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Sep 2014

Kineo wins Brandon Hall award for blended leadership program


Coats plc, The Oxford Group and Kineo have been recognized with a Brandon Hall Bronze Award for Best Blended Program 2014. The prestigious industry award recognizes Coats' Management Capability Development Program (MCD) developed in partnership with Kineo and The Oxford Group. 

The MCD is a two-year blended leadership program, which incorporates a smart use of technology, while also building in appropriate face-to-face time, mentorship and support. Targeted towards mid-level and front-line managers all over the globe, the curriculum creates shared language, skills and competencies, essential towards building a world-class manufacturing organization. 

The blended program includes: 

  • Short e-learning modules focused on eight core leadership competencies with complementary activities that extend the learning
  • Cohort groups that provided peer-to-peer sharing and support
  • An interactive LMS with discussion forums
  • Coaching sessions and consolidation webinars to summarize learning and provide a spring board for actionable next steps

As of August 2014, the solution has been rolled out in 7 continents to 300 managers, with many more cohorts launching in 2015. Feedback on the program has been positive with 99% of participants believing the program has helped them be a better leader. 

"Coats is honored to be recognized for our global talent, leadership and learning initiative. MCD is positively impacting the performance of our managers who, in turn, help their team members be more effective and successful. This project was a team effort on all fronts and it was a great and positive learning experience for myself working with such great partners as Kineo and The Oxford Group." - Gary Droghini, Global Talent & Learning Manager, Coats

" The challenge of designing a program to reach managers of very diverse levels of experience, culture and learning styles in so many different parts of the world was formidable and exciting - and the success fo the program has definitely been down to discerning and highly collaborative Coats partner and the fantastic commitment of our specialist provider colleagues working seamlessly with us."
- Chris Street, Prinicipal Consultant, The Oxford Group

"I always knew this project was going to be an award-winner! It's a truly great blend of technology and face-to-face sessions to teach new skills, while coaching and supporting people through an extended learning program. The best part of working on this project was collaboarting with Gary Droghini at Coats and the leadership experts with The Oxford Group. Together we really were better -- with each of us contributing our core expertise to a big project that's going to have a big impact." 
- Cammy Bean, VP of Learning Design, Kineo US

Read the Coats Case Study. 

About Coats
With a rich heritage dating back to the 1750s, Coats is the world's leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, at home in more than 70 countries, employing over 20,000 people across six continent. Revenues in 2013 were US $1.7 billion.