Much is written about the importance of developing leaders and this year, at IACCM’s conferences, the concept is turned into action.
Based on a program created and designed by IACCM’s Chief Operating Officer, Sally Hughes, twenty high fliers – all under the age of thirty – gained the chance to step into a new and challenging environment. Stepping out of their normal roles in legal, supply management, contract management and commercial, they were able to appreciate the true meaning of ‘commercial thinking’ by interacting with each other. They benefitted from direct interactions and mentoring by ‘leaders of today’, they were exposed to transformational ideas and emerging technologies, they networked with each other, gaining an appreciation of commercial roles in leading organizations.
Not surprisingly, there were many applicants for this program and those selected took real advantage of it. The feedback from their employers has been tremendous, immediately recognizing the insights (and outsights) that these future leaders gained. “The program is so important, something I feel so passionate about,” commented Sally. “There is such change going on around us – we desperately need young ambassadors, advocates for new thinking and a readiness to embrace the future. I see so many professional associations trailing behind the needs of their members; at IACCM, we are determined always to stay ahead and help our members prepare.”
The presentations were impressive and reinforce the IACCM vision of commercial teams that are increasingly integrated, breaking down some of the functional boundaries that inhibit business performance today. To vote for IACCM Global winner please watch their inspiring presentations.
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