GE Leadership Series: Your Confidence is Your Differentiator
Here’s a useful tip for recent university graduates: these days, what sets you apart is not just your functional skills and you’re educational background, it is your confidence, communication skills, eagerness to learn, ability to be a team player, and hard work.
That’s the message from Raghu Krishnamoorthy, Vice-president of Executive Development and Chief Learning Officer for GE Corporate. “We believe that it is not only skills that build future leaders, but also values, and ethics.”
Krishnamoorthy sees that graduates coming from the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) are not any different from their peers across the globe. “They have the same energy, curiosity and eagerness to learn. They are clear thinkers and have a strong presence,” he says.
GE seeks to tap this valuable human capital by working with local universities to develop and adjust curricula to produce graduates with the skills needed to help build local economies and support national development goals, Krishnamoorthy says. GE is particularly active in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields such as engineering, where it works with universities and other partners across the region to develop initiatives to boost engineering skills in the local workforce.
Some of GE’s initiatives across the region include the GE Scholarship Program at the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, the GE-run Young Engineers Panel (YEP!) program held at industry conferences and GE’s Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP).
GE also works to provide career opportunities for young people. “There is a 50% increase in the number of local talents that join our leadership programs and a noticeable increase in the number of fresh graduates we hire in the MENAT region,” he says.
These local efforts are aligned with GE’s $1 billion annual commitment to building an internal company pipeline of talent enabled by regular training of staff at all levels of the organization. In 2012, GE provided training to 45,000 employees around the world, in part through regional training centers such as the Leadership Acceleration for Business (LAB) learning center in Abu Dhabi that offers more than 90 of GE’s premiere Crotonville leadership courses to Mubadala and GE employees.
GE also has a variety of leadership training programs that rotate exceptional young candidates through different jobs and geographies during a two-year period, giving them international experience that they take back to their home markets to further drive economic growth. “These rotations are helping these young talents power the transition of this region from an emerging market to a mature market,” Krishnamoorthy says.
A core pillar of GE’s success is its focus on building a diverse workforce, providing functional and leadership training, and giving young hires international experience and exposure. “At GE, if you perform, you will succeed, regardless of who you are or where you come from. We believe strongly in our values; and one of our most important values is inclusiveness.”
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