We are delighted to announce that Bendelta, in partnership with Arcadis Australia Pacific, won Gold for Best Unique or Innovative Leadership Development Program and Silver for Best Advance in Leadership Development at the globally renowned 2020 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Leadership Development Awards.
The Accelerator is an empowering, experiential, immersive, and self-directed leadership experience designed to redefine leadership at Arcadis. It sought to move away from a traditional, hierarchical model of leadership reserved for the select few, to igniting shared leadership, ownership and responsibility at all levels of the organisation (regardless of title or level) to drive change to shape the business for the future.
A core principle of the Accelerator is the firm belief that ‘leadership is a matter of action, not position’, and the ability to influence and drive positive change originates from small actions individuals can take on their own or in collaboration, to create collective meaning, movement and impact. The Accelerator is unique in many ways, one of which is that it is not designed to teach leaders how to be a leader, but instead experience being a leader.
The Accelerator would not have been possible without Amy Baxendale, HR Director at Arcadis, for her incredible vision and courage to challenge the status quo and conceive a pioneering leadership development experience, Arcadis Australia Pacific’s CEO, Mal McDowall, for his trust in Bendelta to bring Amy’s vision to life, and most importantly, our 29 Accelerators for leaning into the unknown, staying in the discomfort, and creating for each other a transformative experience.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all our Accelerator 2019 partners for partnering with us to create highly immersive experiences: NSW Health Murrumbidgee Local Health District, the NSW Rural Fire Service, and the Aurora Education Foundation.
Anthony Mitchell, Bendelta Chief Potential Officer
While it’s great to win these prestigious global awards, what I’m most excited about is that the reason this won is because of its impact. That’s both the impact for Arcadis, who are a great company, and for the participants, who’ve been stretched and challenged and now are realising more of their enormous potential. And that’s one of the best things in life. Thanks Arcadis for providing the opportunity to achieve this impact together.
Dr Lisa Gulick, Bendelta Leadership Experience Director:
Development which involves discovery, stretch and leaning into uncomfortable and challenging experiences, is what leads to our most powerful growth opportunities. Through the Accelerator, we hoped to create growth-centric experiences, not comfort-centric experiences, where leaders could disrupt current ways of thinking, be exposed to new perspectives, and engage in deep and structured reflection.
Partnering with the Amy from Arcadis, the Accelerators, and the creative Bendelta team was one of the highlights of my career.