Schouten Global and OSRAM receive an award for their international leadership programme

OSRAM and Schouten Global have been presented with a prestigious Excellence in Practice award for their Essentials of Leadership Program (ELP) by the International ATD (Association for Talent Development). The award will be handed out at the ATD’s international congress in Washington D.C. on 20th May.

To win the award, nominees needed to demonstrate their development programme had achieved concrete and measurable results in addressing a particular strategic organisational issue. It also needed to be plugged in with broader initiatives which contributed to improving performance.

Schouten Global developed the ELP four years ago, together with OSRAM’s Global Learning and Development Department. The blended leadership programme came in response to OSRAM’s strategic HR goals which aimed to foster those leadership skills and mindset essential to operating and innovating in the current economy.

These skills include decision-making and coping with change, as well as helping them, employees and teams develop a stronger mindset. The ELP also enables future leaders to shape their new roles in a way which complements OSRAM’s strategy.

The measured impact and outcomes of the programme have been impressive. Those who took part scored it an 8.7, while nearly 100% indicated they now had more trust in their leadership capabilities. In the effect measurement their managers also noted a clear positive development in how participants had been growing into their role as a leader.

Susanna Schmid-Elsaesser, Senior Consultant Leadership Development at OSRAM, said: ‘I’m really proud we were chosen for the award. My colleagues at Schouten Global and I are very much looking forward to the award presentation. This as a clear recognition and a sign of appreciation for our joint efforts in developing a leadership programme which has had such a major impact on our organisation.’

Anke Baak, Vice President at Schouten Global, said: ‘We’re proud at having co-created a programme that has played such an important role in fostering OSRAM’s leaders. It’s beautiful to see the impact we’ve been able to make in helping the organisation achieve its strategic goals. Of course, the international recognition the programme is now getting because of it is pretty amazing too!’

Commenting on the programme, participant Alena Turiaková, a Global Marketing Manager, said: ‘The ELP really went beyond my expectations. I was able to work with a great coach and a team of motivating and inspiring OSRAM colleagues from across different countries and departments.’

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OSRAM, based in Munich, is a leading global high-tech company with a history dating back more than 110 years. Primarily focused on semiconductor-based technologies, its products are used in highly diverse applications ranging from virtual reality to autonomous driving and from smartphones to networked, intelligent lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM utilises the infinite possibilities of light to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. OSRAM’s innovations enable people all over the world not only to see better but also to communicate, travel, work and live better. As of the end of the fiscal year 2018 (September 30), OSRAM had approximately 26,200 employees worldwide. It generated revenue of more than €3.8 billion from continuing operations in the fiscal year 2018. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED400; trading symbol: OSR). Additional information can be found at

A subsidiary of family-owned Schouten & Nelissen, Schouten Global is an international leader in learning and development. Established in 1980 by Jan Schouten, it has been developing individuals, teams and organisations for 39 years. Through Schouten Global, the company is now active in more than 50 countries.

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