At a time of tremendous growth, Polaris becomes an Executive Education member for round-the-clock access to professional development opportunities and expert advice.

Polaris Industries, Inc. designs, engineers, and manufactures off-road and on-road vehicles sold in the United States, Canada, and Europe. 
Polaris is an American manufacturer of snowmobiles, ATV, and neighbourhood electric vehicles. Polaris is based in Roseau, Minnesota, USA. The company also manufactures motorcycles through its Victory Motorcycles subsidiary. Recognized as the leader in the power sports industry, Polaris Industries is a fast growing, innovative, global organisation. The people here at Polaris don’t just create products — they are part of a lifestyle. It’s the passion & execution of those people and their ideas that inspire the innovation that runs through everything we do. Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global power sports leader that has been fuelling the passion of riders, workers, and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 60 years. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments, and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets globally include military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles.

Within the past five years, the company doubled its workforce to 6,000 employees. To capitalize on the phenomenal expansion, Polaris CEO Scott Wine contacted the Carlson School to help the company manage the growth and cultivate strong leaders.

To get the most highly customized advice and in-depth learning experiences from expert Carlson School faculty, Polaris leaders joined the Carlson Executive Education membership programme. Membership granted Polaris employees access to focused, short courses, Polaris-specific courses, and Carlson School faculty’s advisory services. Additionally, Polaris HR conducts talent reviews to pinpoint employee skill gaps, and Executive Education advisors now recommend short courses to fill those gaps. Working alongside trusted Carlson School faculty, Polaris agreed two distinct programmes would be necessary to address the needs of both managers and directors. 

In 2011, the company launched the Polaris Leadership Development Programme 2 (PLDP2), a 5-day programme that includes exploration of global mind-set, strategy, and operations.

The following year, Polaris Leadership Development 1 (PLDP1) began. This personalized learning plan incorporated strategy, communication coaching, and the global mind-set to best develop the company’s mid-level managers.
Both programmes lead participants through a series of classes and culminate in an executive-sponsored capstone project. We provide training to prep the Polaris team to address the strategic projects.

As an ongoing Carlson Executive Education member, Polaris recently initiated a project to incorporate Carlson School faculty’s expertise to design a branding framework

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