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Using Experience to Develop Leadership Talent: How Organizations Leverage On-the-Job Development by Morgan W. McCall, Jr., Cynthia D. McCauley

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CHAPTER ELEVEN

Using Part-Time Assignments to Broaden the Senior Leadership Pipeline at Genentech

Nisha Advani

Director Development Pathways (DDP) is an innovative, integrated talent development experiment launched at Genentech, the pioneer biotech company deeply focused on scientific excellence from its inception. In its early stages, Genentech had a clear purpose and strong leadership, and people, like ideas, flowed quite readily across one primary site company. As Genentech grew bigger and more complex, employees found it more challenging to cross the functional silos, formally or informally, to broaden their knowledge of the business. This strategic, end-to-end perspective, requiring cross-functional understanding of the business, is critical ...

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