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How Leadership Development Drives Culture & Performance

  • 19 May 2011
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Mahon Pavilion Freedom Park
Helen Goldson, VP of Talent Management


How Leadership Development Drives Culture and Performance at Goodrich

The Goodrich business environment is focused on Goodrich’s values, people philosophy and continuous improvement.  As a talent management group, we continue to ask ourselves these key questions:
•  How do we retain, develop, acquire and leverage talent across the enterprise?
•  What are the key skill needs to achieve our strategy and how do we address them?
•  How do we maintain an enterprise-wide focus on our culture journey and
•  How do we enable and support global business strategies?

This presentation will answer these key questions for Goodrich and will expand upon how effective and efficient performance management, career development and succession planning create a leadership focused on:
•  Right people
•  Right place
•  Right time and
•  Right cost

In this session, Helen Goldson, VP of Talent Management will detail the leadership development processes that have caused Goodrich to be successful and will enable you to apply these same concepts within your organization.  Learn the best ways to champion a positive culture of engaged employee who continue to enable top business performance.

The Speaker

Helen is a seasoned HR professional with extensive and varied experience operating at senior level in Europe and the USA.   Her career record spans more than 25 years and includes time spent in education and in private and public sector HR and training roles across several different industries. 

In her early career following university, Helen worked as a teacher and housemistress, developing and teaching the mathematics and computing curriculum, in addition to her role in “loco parentis” for the forty or so girls in her care.  She joined the Royal Navy in 1986 as an instructor officer, and worked extensively in leadership and development across all disciplines and in the selection, training and ongoing evaluation of candidates for the officer corp.  She served as a senior female officer at several large naval training establishments, including the Submarine service and the Navy’s nuclear engineering training school, where she ended her 8-year RN commission.

Moving in to industry, she worked in several training and development jobs prior to joining LucasVarity in 1998, which through subsequent acquisitions or divestitures, became Goodrich Corporation in 2002.

As Goodrich’s Vice President of Talent Management, for the past four years, Helen, and a remote team she’s formed, has established a range of enterprise-wide leadership development programs.  The approach and the early results from these interventions have been enthusiastically received both inside and outside the company.  The company has made significant progress in delivering on its business and talent management goals.

Helen holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Kent, Canterbury and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Studies from Sunderland.  She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and qualified as a teacher with the British Dyslexia Association.  She is certified as a facilitator for several global products and services including: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Saville & Holdsworth testing; Lominger, Hay Evaluation, W.I.A.L coach. 
Helen has contributed to a number of leadership development articles, most recently submitting a brief comment for Roger Pearman’s revised and updated book, “I’m Not Crazy, I’m Just Not You”, and also working with Mike Marquardt, W.I.A.L on an ADHR article, Team Development via Action Learning," which will subsequently feature as a chapter in his upcoming book, “Breakthrough Problem Solving With Action Learning." 

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