Future UAE Leaders Explore Leadership at GE’s Crotonville Center
More than half a century ago, GE created the Crotonville global training center in New York to ensure it had the leadership pool it needed to grow. This week, 30 Emirati participants in the UAE government’s similarly inspired leadership program participated in a customized leadership workshop at the center.
The visit extends a successful memorandum of understanding between GE and the UAE Government Leaders Program to develop the nation’s future senior leaders. Spearheaded by GE’s KhaleeGE Network, a group of GE employees who are Gulf nationals, the MoU was initiated through meetings with the UAE Prime Minister’s Office. The MoU is the first such agreement between the UAE Government Leaders Program and a private sector company.
Other components of the MoU include GE-led workshops and seminars in the UAE.
The second four-day hands-on workshop to be held at the Crotonville center under the MoU concluded this week. Through classroom presentations, team building exercises, and case studies, the workshop addressed the future of the workplace, practical leadership tools such as scenario planning and change management, GE’s successful FastWorks tool for nimble decision-making, and workplace mindfulness.
“We are pleased to work with the UAE Prime Minister’s Office in an ongoing commitment by GE to support the development of the nation’s future leaders and more broadly to help realize UAE Vision 2021,” said Dalya Al Muthanna, President & CEO of GE Gulf.
“The success of this agreement with the Prime Minister’s Office, as seen in initiatives such as the Crotonville visit, reflects the essence of the KhaleeGE Network. Unquestionably, the best validation of these programs is when we hear news that participants have successfully implemented the tools and strategies they learned during their visit to Crotonville,” she added.
Participants – including managers, directors, diplomats and chief executives, represented a range of government departments and government-related entities, including the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UAE Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratization and the Abu Dhabi Economic Development.
The first day focused on “Leadership in the 2025 Workplace” with an eye to managing millennials and lead by Silicon Valley futurist Rick von Feldt.
The second day included sessions on “Scenario Planning,” led by a Wharton Executive Education teacher Roch Parayre, and the “Change Acceleration Process”, lead by Tim Highet, a GE Crotonville trainer.
Day three featured a full day on GE’s FastWorks, led by Neil Hempsall, FastWorks Global Operations Director at GE. With change and innovation a key feature of life in the UAE, the FastWorks workshop gave participants a deep understanding of this tool that represents GE’s initiative to promote a ‘start-up’ culture that includes innovative, nimble and quick-iterating characteristics.
Reflecting the UAE’s commitment to become one of the world’s happiest countries, the final day focused on mindfulness, its links to happiness and other benefits in the workplace. Specific sessions looked at how to conduct mindful meetings that deliver better outcomes in less time.
Virtually of the sessions provided tools and techniques that the participants can immediately bring to their own practice as leaders in order to continue to impact how their teams and their departments operate.
But it wasn’t all work, with teambuilding exercises including “Cook your own dinner”.
On the final day of the program, the KhaleeGE Network also had the pleasure of hosting H.E. Majid Al Suwaidi, the UAE’s Consular General in New York at the New York Stock Exchange.
This is the second such GE-led development program for future leaders of the UAE in Crotonville. The first was hosted in May 2016.
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