Best Region - Asia Pacific
First of all, it’s great news to have won an award like this and the
response I have gotten from colleagues around Asia Pacific is that,
besides the learning of a particular subject, it has been great to meet
GAC colleagues via the internet from all over the world and in a range
of positions/services. It has been very enriching from that point of
view and it indicates that learning best practices from each other as
well as starting personal and business relations between offices across
the world has worked well.
Getting together, being one team regardless of what we do within GAC,
making use of each other’s skills and just having some fun together is
utmost in importance and in that respect GCA has in my view had a
fantastic start to their activities earlier this year. Well done to that
and with more courses coming in 2009 and beyond, GCA will attract more
and more colleagues to using these services. Eagerness to learn and
forming relations ships across borders are key. We used a lot of local
courses across the region prior to GCA so learning was already in the
“blood” of many colleagues, and being able to do so with internal
friends and with focus on key GAC services and aspects has added an
extra spice to it.
From my point of view, our focus should be on cross trading between
business areas and G2G (GAC to GAC) business and future courses should
have that in mind so that we can do a lot more than we already do. We
have a very good potential working for long term business opportunities
between offices and to adding new services to existing customers. GCA
working closely with local offices will enable GCA to fine tune and
improve on something that is already working well.
I went through the IGW course myself and found it very rewarding and
even with my travel schedule it has worked well to be part of a course.
One good memory, among others, I had is of Doris in Taipei, Taiwan. She
has always been a keen learner and positive contribution but when I
visited Taiwan earlier this year I realized that her English had
improved considerably so I asked “how come”.
Her answer was that “it’s IGW, I bought a dictionary and every time I
came across a word I didn’t understand I had to check it. Over time my
vocabulary improved so I learnt both English and a lot more about GAC at
the same time…”. Language is sometimes a barrier but Doris turned it
around in a positive way.
I look forward to seeing further courses coming off the ground in
2009 and beyond. I would like to thank all, not only in AP but also
beyond, who have participated in GCA courses while also encouraging
those who haven’t yet participated to do so.
Vice President, GAC Solutions
Regional Director Asia/Pacific
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