The Programme —
How it works and your unique journey
Genesis Park is an intense programme - with 4 months pre-work, a 10-week residential course, as well as post-work. To be part of this leadership development experience, you must be nominated by PwC leadership team in your territory.
The programme takes place in different countries around the world, engaging with the local practice and economies. You will stay in the host city, sharing the experience (in and beyond office hours) with your classmates.
Much of your time will be spent in an innovative learning environment designed especially for Genesis Park, located in PwC offices in the host cities. The space will feed your imagination, energise you as an individual and in your teams and will create an effective environment for learning.
Your learning will involve expanding your creativity and problem-solving skills to address real challenges and solve real problems. Equipping you to meet the real challenges of global leadership, you will experience a complex, demanding curriculum. It is intense. No apologies.
What does the overall journey look like?
Genesis Park is a carefully woven tapestry of experiences that together will be the best way to accelerate your development as a future leader at this key career stage. The curriculum rests on five pillars: talent management, the whole leader model, advanced leadership and business methodologies and insights, REAL experiences, and innovative enablers to accelerate the transformation. The enablers - Storytelling, Real Challenges, Coaching & Feedback, Reflection, Culture and Environment - will fuel all of the curriculum elements, maximising your transformation.
Real-time coaching will examine your reaction to an issue, how you react, how you solve, how you lead, and then coach how you will do it better next time. It’s not about teaching you the theory of leadership, but helping you to become the best leader you can be and equipping you to face the tough realities of leadership in a complex world.
What does a typical day look like?
There is no typical day at Genesis Park; each day is filled with real challenges and issues. And because they are real issues, they may not get wrapped up within office hours. So be prepared to work beyond office hours and at weekends.
What does real-time coaching involve?
Real-time coaching, both from Genesis Park coaches and from your peers, is an opportunity for rich and timely immediate feedback. Both during and after your individual or team projects or challenges, coaching will be available. This dynamic feedback will help you gain insights into how you can make changes going forward.
Genesis Park coaches
Your Genesis Park coach will stay in contact with you directly before, during and after your experience in the programme. They will provide regular, open and insightful feedback on your strengths and areas for development, aligned to your Genesis Park Development Plan and longer-term career goals.
PwC Partner coach
Your Partner coach will guide you during your Genesis Park journey, through a series of formal, individual and team coaching discussions. Their commitment and experience will help you take full advantage of what you learn, integrating this into your medium and long-term career plans.
Coaching others, coaching yourself
Because giving and taking feedback from your peers is a vital element in becoming a true leader, your classmates on the programme will be involved in your coaching, as will you be in theirs. The feedback will be informal, regular and open. An essential element of your leadership journey is to understand how you lead and build on your strengths, and so we will help you articulate these goals. Peer coaching is a useful tool to help you measure your performance.
Who can be nominated?
This programme is not for everyone. If you've proved it will add value to your personal development, the experience you deliver to your clients, and to PwC as a whole, then it's for you. You must be nominated by your territory leadership, based on your performance, potential to become global leaders in the future and meet the following criteria:
- you are in the top 2-5% of PwC’s highest performing, high potential Senior Managers/Directors
- you are a Senior Manager / Director who is 2-4 years from your anticipated partnership admission date at the time of nomination
- you have a career track where you are / will be serving lead global client accounts and working in key cross-territory or global roles
- you demonstrate that you are already having an impact on the business, are committed to PwC, and can stretch to meet challenges and learn quickly.
Your territory will have a review process of all territory candidates to nominate their final candidates. The review committee will include members of your territory leadership team. After the territory nomination, you will have an interview with a member of the Genesis Park team to discuss your career, your aspirations and potential, and your interest in the programme.
The 2012 class has been finalised and announced. Nomination timelines have not yet been finalised for the 2013 programme.
How do I nominate someone to go on the programme?
A Partner wishing to nominate a Senior Manager / Directors to go to Genesis Park should get in contact with the Human Capital Leader in their territory.
Does the programme involve pre-work?
Yes . In addition to the residential portion of the programme, your Genesis Park experience is also made up of mandatory pre- and post-work. This work is a mixture of written assignments and activities to be completed in the months running up to the programme and over a period of time after the residential session. It is as important as the work you complete during the 10-week residential portion, so you should treat it accordingly.
Can I bring my family/partner with me?
Your immediate family / partner is welcome to join you in the host city for all or part of the programme. Bear in mind, the programme is intense, and you can expect to work long hours during the week and at weekends too. But we strongly believe that your family’s support is hugely valuable. And it’s important for you as a family unit to understand what it takes to become a true leader – the sacrifices and the successes – and undergo the transformation together.
Which were the host cities for 2011?
27 April – 8 July: Singapore
1 June – 12 August: Boston, USA
27 July – 7 October: Warsaw, Poland
Which are the host cities for 2012?
24 April – 6 July: Shanghai, China
12 June – 24 August: Cape Town, South Africa
31 July - 12 October: Toronto, Canada
What is the Genesis Park learning environment like?
We want you to benefit from an inspirational use of space; an environment that energises you and sparks your creativity. The learning environment you will experience at Genesis Park, designed especially for us, is dynamic and vibrant as well as practical and useful.
It's made up of a series of components that can be moved around to transform the space to suit the needs of the task at hand. This will allow you to better optimize your surroundings for collaboration with your classmates, present your work, or just enjoy some quiet time.