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Debswana enhances its talent development programme

Debswana, in partnership with Organisation Solutions which is a Singapore based company, has embarked in the development of its high potential leaders through a programme termed Leader Excelerator Action Programme (LEAP). LEAP is a customized, experience-rich development programme designed to accelerate development of leadership capability and deliver optimum business results.

Some of its strategic intents include creating a high performing, sustainable business, raising levels of individual and teams’ performance as well as creating an enabling platform for managing diverse stakeholder relationships.

In January this year, a team of twenty (20) high potential employees from across Debswana were selected to form a team that would look at various initiatives and processes that can further take the company to global benchmarks. The employees have therefore been seeking solutions to key challenges for Debswana and will on July 12th, 2011 make presentations of their recommendations to resolving those challenges to the LEAP panel comprising a high profiled delegation of acute business experts from Dubai, led by the Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), Malcolm Wall Morris. The DMCC has and continues to play a significant role in ensuring the growth of Dubai and thus positioning it a one of the world’s leading business centers. Resident panelists include the Debswana Managing Director, Jim Gowans, De Beers Botswana CEO, Neo Moroka, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Minerals, Boikobo Paya and Michael Wiegand of the Standard Chartered Bank.

According to the Group Manager – Talent and Organisational Effectiveness, Malebogo Mpugwa, some of LEAP’s intended outcomes include accelerated development of leadership and organisation capabilities that will steer the company to become a global high performance company, in-line with the ‘Debswana 2013: A High Performance Organisation’ strategy which was launched early this year. She further said that the LEAP programme will thus ensure successful implementation of key business initiatives and development of capabilities needed to sustain the company.

Commenting on the programme, the Group Manager- Public and Corporate Affairs Esther Kanaimba-Senai stated ‘We are adamant that the panel will, through their assessments, provide concrete feedback with suggestions of how best the work that has been done by the team of employees can be optimised.’

She further commended the twenty (20) employees for the hard work they have done to date, adding that the company is hopeful that this will deliver exceptional results for the business.