Electronics company Hitachi has launched a programme of psychological coaching for its senior managers in a bid to retain the most talented bosses and change certain aspects of their behaviour.
So far, 18 managers have taken part, and anecdotal evidence - coupled with 360-degree evaluation - point to positive changes.
The firm has used occupational psychologists from Pearn Kandola to develop a more consistent and personalised approach to developing staff in senior positions.
The workshops have focused on interpersonal styles, feedback skills and preparation for a new personal development plan.
The HR department at Hitachi also wanted to demonstrate commitment to staff at a time when the semi-conductor industry is experiencing a slow-down.