Game changing in HR can occur in a number of situations, but when it happens in the most challenging situations is when it’s most impressive.
Forming a small team dedicated to talent management in less than a year, Adam Hopewell, 39, has been able to bring integrated, analytical and innovative processes and systems to Tehran-based Savola Iran, which makes edible oil and other food products, changing the way learning and development, performance and succession are implemented throughout the company.
Take the ambassador initiative he started.
Knowing that building skills is the foundation of sustainable people development, Hopewell led a management team and corporate culture eager to develop its human resources practices, and brought hundreds of managers into the process of identifying “ambassadors” from the management trainee pool who best exemplified Savola’s values and competencies.
Hopewell developed ambassadors with action learning projects and simulations among other tactics. This has resulted in a workforce that is aware and engaged with competencies and has already contributed to Savola Iran’s success and growth.