Posts Tagged ‘Solvay’

Dear Nettie

Monday, November 17th, 2014

 

I continue to reinforce that relationships are the key to success …and that definition of success extends to WOW! transformations clients, colleagues, peers and friends. Strong relationships happen in many ways, and one important element is when you become a trusted advisor to a client, colleague or peer. That means going the extra mile, doing more than what you are expected to do, and extending the relationship beyond the walls of the company or organization into other areas of your life.

I don’t compartmentalize my relationships. For me it’s about the broader opportunities to get to know someone, connecting various people because you know something great will come of it, and seeking relationships in unlikely places. I am proud to say that many a colleague has become a friend, a networking companion and traveled with me into others areas of my life.

The email below serves as a reminder to the impact one can make in an organization and beyond. I worked with Andrew for eight years at Solvay and call him a client, a trusted advisor, and a friend.

Dear Nettie

MDS is what it is today largely through your amazing efforts over these past 8 years. From the first meeting we had to conceptualize the concepts through the expansion to Europe all the way up to present day.  I am in Shanghai today and so is MDS. When I traveled to Brazil MDS was there as well and now it is even available in French as well as Portuguese and Mandarin.

More than just fond memories I hope you also take with you the knowledge that hundreds of Solvay managers are using skills today that are a direct result of MDS and your efforts.

For me it is not good-bye as I know we will work together again. Thanks for all that you have done and all that I don’t even realize you have done!

Fondly,  Andrew

To Move to the Next Level, Tap the Strength Within: Part 2

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

 

When a mid-size pharmaceutical company wanted to reinvent its orientation, training and development process, it turned to WOW! transformations to lead it to a process WOW! now calls beyondboarding™.

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When the leadership at Solvay Pharmaceuticals wanted to move the company to the next level in the competitive healthcare industry, they tapped the strength within. Organizational change would be driven from the inside, fueled by programs that firmly connected employees to the success of the business.

Considered a mid-size pharmaceuticals company, Solvay’s leadership knew the company needed to go deep in employee training and development to compete with larger companies. The culture needed to be one that was truly employee-driven, laying the foundation to become a company where top talent wanted to work.

At Solvay, the beyondboarding™ approach replaced the company’s traditional approach of employee orientation “dog and pony shows” with an innovative plan that started the day an employee was hired. WOW! transformations worked with a Solvay team to create a unified program that captured the unique elements of working for a global healthcare company.

Solvay’s enhanced approach included:

  • A web portal for new hires that provides information about the company, its departments and structure.
  • “Solvay Launch,” a half-day interactive new hire workshop that includes:
    • Information about The Solvay Group — who they are, what they do
    • Details about the pharmaceutical industry and the R&D process
    • An Innovation discussion and exercise
    • Discussion and exercises around career development, employee training, expatriate opportunities and the organization’s focus on charitable giving
  • A peer sponsorship program that helps employees to connect to each other.
  • Launch lunches – opportunities for new hires to meet quarterly with their “start groups” to share information, meet the executives and reconnect

Companies that integrate beyondboarding™ into their culture realize:

  • Reduced employee turnover
  • Engaged leadership
  • Higher levels of employee satisfaction
  • An environment focused on learning and development
  • Attraction of a highly qualified talent pool that is eager to join your organization

Solvay recognized the need for change. WOW! transformations helped make this change a reality.

To Move to the Next Level, Tap the Strength Within: Part 1

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

 

When the leadership at Solvay Pharmaceuticals wanted to move the company to the next level in the competitive healthcare industry, they tapped the strength within.

Organizational change would be driven from the inside, fueled by programs that firmly connected employees to the success of the business.

Now a part of the global healthcare company, Abbott Laboratories, Solvay worked with WOW! transformations to reinvent its orientation, training and development into an approach WOW! transformations now calls beyondboarding™.

“WOW! was an integral member of our team from concept through roll-out, and brought forth creative and innovative ideas,” said Kathy Notarantonio, a Human Resources manager with Solvay.

The process of beyondboarding™ goes beyond orientation or onboarding and takes a strategic approach to employee and organizational growth and development. It gives employees a sense of ownership and belonging that results in improved job satisfaction, pride in their work, and consequently, increased customer satisfaction and company growth.

Companies that integrate beyondboarding™ into their culture realize:

  • Reduced employee turnover
  • Engaged leadership
  • Higher levels of employee satisfaction
  • An environment focused on learning and development
  • Attraction of a highly qualified talent pool that is eager to join your organization

Solvay recognized the need for change. WOW! transformations helped make this change a reality.