GE Attributes Global Human Resource Leadership to Corporate Philosophy

Henry Onukwuba, Director, Alumni Relations, Lagos Business School (LBS); Dr. Enase Okonedo, Dean LBS; Susan Peters, Senior Vice President, General Electric (GE); Austin Okere, Group CEO, Computer Warehouse Group (CWG); Tamla Oates-Forney, Senior Executive Human Resources, GE Africa and Philip Griffith, Supply Chain Leader, GE Africa at the LBS Alumni Association Session of 2014 held in Lagos on Thursday Jan 30. 2014.
31 January 2014
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Lagos, Nigeria: General Electric (GE), a global technology and infrastructure company says its global rating as the world's best company for leadership is due to its human resource leadership philosophy which inspires its employees to be the very best in their respective e specialties.

Susan Peters, GE's Senior Vice- President for Human Resources made this known while presenting a keynote address to the Lagos Business School Alumni Association of the Pan Atlantic University (PAU) in Lagos on Thursday. Our culture drives our longevity. "Our leaders drive our culture. By leading at all levels, we work as one." Says Susan Peters.

According to her, GE believes that everyone at GE can be a leader with proper mentoring. Susan, a 34 year veteran of GE who has been responsible for talent identification, leadership development and succession planning for GE executives worldwide since 2001 explained that GE employees collaborate, build relationships and share knowledge.

The global human resource expert who extended the reach of the Crotonville leadership learning institute of GE as a global ideal of performance remarked that, "We are experiential, we learn by doing because there is no better way," adding that they are also meritocracy, because they proved themselves before they lead others.

She said in GE, leaders connect people with the processes that keep all of them rising together because they tell the employees what is expected of them, help them get there, hold them accountable and ensure that improving performance drive all of them.
Susan said goals and objectives were set for each individual and reviewed regularly, and their performance measured against them, adding that the GE goals and objective system ensured individual and organization goals are aligned and enabled feedback throughout the year.
She noted that GE's growth values showed employees how to perform and that this was anchored on external focus, clear thinking, imagination and courage, inclusiveness and expertise which are embedded at every level of the company and are supported by one unifying principle: which is to always act with unyielding integrity.

She said the conglomerate's leadership development is career-long, company-wide and continuous learning.

Also speaking, Tamla Oates-Forney, Senior Executive Human Resources, GE Africa observed that GE Africa is an employer of choice because it recruits, attracts and develops the best talent for African continent, and for the world as well as offer world class professional and leadership development opportunities.

She also said GE Africa is making a big impact in people's lives with better infrastructure, healthcare and technology, promoting diversity and are great corporate citizens.

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