Building team spirit through training


ASSA ABLOY ’s management training program encourages networking and sharing information and best practices.

ASSA ABLOY’s management training (MMT) program was introduced in 1996. The aim was to integrate acquired companies by building a network of key managers and sharing information and best practices.

“That objective mainly remains,” says Bill Harding, VP Human Resources in ASSA ABLOY’s division EMEA. “The participants learn more about the Group so that they can take advantage of our size and available resources. And this is a priceless way to build the important ASSA ABLOY culture and team spirit.”

Each program includes three modules and group work throughout the year. A mix of some 30 managers in recently acquired companies and managers who have been appointed to new positions in more established ASSA ABLOY companies are chosen to participate every year.

The 2011 program includes six women and 21 men from all over the Group. One of the participants is Minna Sallinen from Abloy in Joensuu, Finland, which hosted the first MMT. Minna was recently appointed Vice President of the Architectural Hardware business unit at Abloy.

“I am excited to test my way of thinking, to see and learn about what other regions focus on and how they work and apply it to what I do,” Minna says, adding that she expects to build her own network of global contacts to share best practices. “I also hope to create a better platform for cooperation within division EMEA,” she says.

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