Business Acumen

Fact-Based Decision-Making and Value Creation at Nike

Nike's top executives wanted managers to better understand the impact of their decisions across the large matrix organization. A custom simulation-based program, developed with our partner OSI, gave worldwide teams of managers the experience of creating shareholder value together through fact-based decision making - ushering in a new era of prosperity at Nike. 


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Starwood Franchise GMs Learn to Create Brand Value

Starwood executives wanted to introduce new franchise property General Managers to the power of a branded guest experience. Two custom WholeWorks hotel simulations gave the GMs hands-on experience in selecting and leading creative initiatives at their properties while improving bottom line results - lessons that participants are successfully applying at their properties. 


Strategic Agility

Preparing for Rapid Change in the Solar Industry

Several years ago, with the solar energy sector booming, a major supplier asked us to help them evaluate next moves. We used the system dynamics approach to model their rapidly evolving competitive landscape, and conduct what-if analysis of multiple scenarios. Result: better understanding of financial risks and new insights into alternative strategies.


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Learning to Lead Starwood in the Age of Great Change

As the leading global lifestyle hospitality brand, Starwood wanted to develop senior leaders capable of keeping up with the rapid pace of technological, social, environmental, and global change. Starwood's executives asked WholeWorks to create a challenging simulation that would build bench strength and support "The Journey" by promoting strategic and cultural alignment. The resulting program helped forge new ties between corporate and field leaders and across the company's nine brands.


Accelerating Process Transformation at a Durable Goods Manufacturer

Working with The McLean Group, WholeWorks created a visual simulation for a durable goods manufacturer that vividly illustrated the benefits of eliminating rework and defects throughout their process - from design to final assembly. The ability to visualize increased throughput, shorter cycle times, and reduced costs helped generate the support needed to implement change, which achieved dramatic financial results. 


Sustainability Integration

Building a Stronger Business Case for Sustainability Initiatives

Our partner EarthShift Global wanted to create a full-day workshop as part of their Sustainability Assessment Bootcamp that would help sustainability analysts speak the language of business and sell their CSR initiatives more effectively to the C-suite. We developed a hands-on approach based on our Sustainability Roadmap that included a fun and engaging role-playing exercise. Participants learned to apply basic finance and strategy concepts to map the impact of their proposed project on the core business. They then prepared their pitch for the CEO.


Leadership Development

Building Strategic Leadership Competencies at Dow Corning

With fundamental changes in the silicone materials business threatening the company's historical leadership position, executives at Dow Corning Corporation (DCC) wanted to train senior managers how to think more strategically about meeting customer needs in new ways. The Strategic Leadership Development Program developed a new generation of senior leaders and catalyzed a strategic transformation at DCC that led to a new phase of growth and profitability.    


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Building Leadership Bench Strength at Wendy's

Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's, left a legacy that was hard to match in the years following his passing in 2002. Senior executives asked us to create a leadership program that would expand the pool of senior leaders at a pivotal time when the company was looking to expand internationally while also learning to manage a complex multi-brand enterprise.