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20 February, 2019 - 13:03 By Tony Quested

Big in Japan: Møller Institute delivers Suntory leadership programme

The Møller Institute at Churchill College in Cambridge has won a substantial new contract in Japan as strategic partner for Suntory’s Global Leadership Development Programme, its flagship multi-module, multi-region investment in developing future leaders.

Møller’s executive education team designed and delivered its first Japanese leadership programme back in 2003 with NTT DoCoMo and since over 5000 senior and aspiring global leaders have attended Møller Institute leadership development programmes. 

This latest client win follows the hire of former Tokyo-based DIT Head of Trade Development, Richard Buttrey, to spearhead the Institute’s executive education growth in Asia.

Suntory’s well-known UK brands include Lucozade, Jim Beam and Ribena and the company bottles for Pepsi in the US. Suntory is a global leader in consumer packaged goods, producing and distributing a diverse portfolio of beverages, premium spirits, beer and wine, and wellness products throughout the world.

Buttrey said: “Suntory has created a Global Leadership Development Programme for 24 of its most promising young stars from all over the world. The delegates have already experienced an intense journey of self-discovery in the New Zealand outback and examined the company, Japanese culture and their own in Tokyo, supported by our teaching team, and are now ready for the February module focused specifically on innovation in Cambridge.

“The programme will conclude back in Japan in April when project teams of participants will present innovation proposals around how products are turning into experiences and what sustainability means in different markets to the CEO and other board members.”

Mindset & Leadership, disciplined entrepreneurship and creativity and connectedness are the key learning outcomes for the programme. 

The group will hear from leading lights in the Cambridge innovation ecosystem including, amongst others, Tim Minshall, Professor of Innovation, head of the Institute for Manufacturing; Edd Brunner, head of Global Food and Beverage Business and Asia Consumer Business, Cambridge Consultants and Michael Chaskalson, Europe’s leading pioneer of mindfulness teaching and research.

Professor Minshall will discuss the criticality of innovation, explain how the Cambridge eco-system has evolved and what Suntory can learn from it, delving into the detail of how large companies successfully innovate.

Edd will explain how professional outsource innovators approach sustainability and product/experience innovation - and understand their team dynamic and process. Michael will explore the importance of looking at the mind and improving focus.

Other sessions include political and economic macro-trends and their implications for Suntory; embedding design thinking; the effect on brands of digital transformation and disruption; future thinking and scenario planning; processes and frameworks for innovation and the art and science of a high-performing teams.

The Churchill College and Sir Winston Churchill story – Innovation Leader and Influencer – will be delivered by Allen Packwood, director of the Churchill Archive Centre.

Finally, the group will be challenged by Barry Phipps, director of Studies, History of Art at Churchill College, to draw parallels between disruption in art and business and complete a timed challenge around Cambridge to gather evidence of breaking the dominant logic.

Last August, a small team from Suntory including Sue Gannon, deputy COO Global Development & Diversity, attended a design workshop at the Møller Institute to design the programme and as well as showcasing Cambridge to the group the visit included a trip to the Dojima Sake Brewery in Fordham.

• PHOTOGRAPH: Japanese future leaders take some tips at the Moller Institute

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