Ooredoo Invests in Talent Development with Norway Trip
Ooredoo CEO Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani: “Qatari National Talent is Our Top Priority”
As part of Ooredoo’s broad programme of talent development for Qatari nationals, a team of executives has returned from a fact-finding and personal development programme in Norway, organised by the HEC Paris Value Leader Programmein June this year.
In total, 27 managers and senior managers took part in the visit, which enabled them to learn more about Human Capital Development in Norway through a series of special lectures, visits and training exercises.
Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo, said: “One of the major aims of the trip was to encourage executives to think about their own leadership styles and consider which elements could be adapted from the people management practices of other leading organisations. We are working to create a culture of excellence throughout Ooredoo and develop a new generation of Qatari national leaders, and this visit played a key role in that.”
During the visit to Norway, Ooredoo executives toured the headquarters of Telenor, a major Norwegian telecommunications company which has – like Ooredoo – experienced significant international growth in recent years. As part of their field activities, the participants also visited the offices of PWC Consulting to hear case studies on Human Capital Development from around the world.
Mohammed Jassim Al Kuwari, Chief Corporate Services Officer, Ooredoo, said: “International trips such as our voyage to Norway are a key element of our talent development programme with the HEC Paris Value Leader Programme. In partnering with HEC-Paris in Qatar, the best business school in the country and one of the top institutions in the world, we are enhancing our efforts to be the leading employer of choice in Qatar.”
In an effort to encourage team-work, Ooredoo delegates also pushed themselves to find their own limits through activities such as glacier climbing, sea-kayaking and abseiling.
Buthaina Al-Ansari, Senior Director of Human Resources, Ooredoo, said: “Participants in the HEC Paris Value Leader Programme learned more about the practices of peer companies in other countries, and experienced life in a different culture and united as a team. Our support for this programme is one of the ways we ensure that we’re a great place to work.”
The Norway trip was one part of the on-going HEC Paris Value Leader Programme in which Ooredoo is taking part throughout the year. As one of Ooredoo’s core initiatives for enhancing training and development, the Value Leader programme plays a key role in the company’s long-term Qatarization strategy. Ooredoo places particular emphasis on discovering, developing and promoting Qatari national leaders in the workplace.
The first class from Ooredoo graduated from “The Value Leader” programme in July 2012, and the company has enjoyed strong results from their efforts.
In addition to the Value Leader Programme, Ooredoo has launched a range of professional development programmes for Qatari nationals, including “Me and My Company” for developees; the Institute of Leadership and Management Certification programme (ILM) for supervisors and managers; the Chartered Institute of Marketing certification programme (CIM) through Cambridge Professional Academy UK; and the Qatari Technical trainee Exchange Programme.
- ILQ News
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