We're very excited to share that GCA is instituting a Workshop 2.0
approach, where all workshops will be accompanied by online learning
components on GAClearn.
Previously, workshops were two days, with lots of activities taking
place within the workshop setting. We gave people tools and gave them
the applications, examples, stories within those two days themselves.
This allowed participants to engage within that context, but
transferring those skills from the workshop to the office was sometimes
limited. GCA’s workshop 2.0 approach overcomes that speed bump by
wrapping each workshop around a 4 week eLearning component.
With this new model, the learning experience continues as they build
new knowledge through GAClearn over a period of weeks, and they are
able to assimilate, apply, and demonstrate that knowledge. Online, they
are able to discuss and work with the people they met and engaged with
during those initial workshop days, and this allows helps strengthen
relationships of our people across the GAC World.
This also allows participants to continue building new experiences
with their teams, applying newly acquired knowledge in a contextualized
GAC setting. The projects are designed to take in real day-to-day
challenges in the work life. In a recent visit to NSGAC, I bumped into
one of our workshop learners. He enthusiastically told me about the
impact the GAClearn component had on the workshop - it gave him the
opportunity to ensure that all his learning was successfully captured
by him. He was able to ask questions and apply his new-found knowledge
outside of those 2 days.
This model is set to the be future standard for our workshops, and
we want to thank all those participants who gave us the feedback that
has enabled us to make this upgrade.
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A Page from GAC's History: 1955
Gulf Agency Company (Kuwait) Ltd. was officially established November
1955. As in most other Arabian countries, a local partner was required
in order for foreign companies to do business in Kuwait.
GAC's partners in Kuwait were Abdul Aziz Al Kazemi and Jassim
Mohammed Thuneyan Alghanim- the two businessmen who had originally
approached Bengt Lindwall.
The document officially registering Gulf Agency Company (Kuwait) Ltd.
was signed, stamped and sealed in November 1955. N&S owned 49% of
the new company while the Kuwaiti partners owned 51%, and Bengt Lindwall
was responsible for covering all losses of the new GAC.
Åke Svensson took over the practicalities of setting up Gulf Agency
Company and Bertil Ahlm, who had previously been working for N &S,
became the first employee of GAC.
Initially the business was based upon Scandinavian cement shipments,
but quickly branched-out into other projects, such as business from the
American and European oil drillers.
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Teacher and life-long learner: Jane Cresswell joins the GCA facilitation team
Jane Cresswell is a facilitator for Introduction to GAC World (IGW),
and in addition to a love of teaching, also brings a love of learning
and music to her role in GCA.
I do not 'teach' in the traditional sense; I am there to facilitate
learning, to give people the ways and means of acquiring new skills and
knowledge. I also have to be a bit of a gentle disciplinarian now again
and keep people focused and on track! My training as a teacher has
certainly helped me with all aspects of my role as a facilitator and it
is interesting to note that it doesn’t matter what you 'teach,' the
approach is very similar.
Learning should be a pleasurable experience so I also hope that they
enjoy taking this course and that it inspires them to take more in the
future. I firmly believe that learning and education, in whatever shape
or form, can truly enrich your life and make you a more rounded,
interesting and tolerant person.
From the GSB Forums
As the GAC Group grows - we should attain over 9,000 employees in 2009 ...
The need for colleagues to understand what GAC does in all corners of
the globe, both in their business area and in others, becomes more and
more important. GCA is going to play a pivotal role in this by imparting
information on the Group's products, services and activities and
facilitating in-house discussion and learning in the course forums. Used
prudently and kept up to date, this is indeed going to be a powerful
tool and one which GAC cannot afford to be without.
GCA will help in promoting understanding of what G2G is, but for it to really work, the local offices
involved may - on some occasions at least - have to think less local
and more global by reducing their local profit in the interest of
keeping business "in the family".
Shipping Marketing Director
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It is very insightful to be able to communicate with people from all
over the world who all share the same GAC values and spirit. All the
people I’ve ‘spoken’ to have felt the same way about the company which
is very rare in this day and age. The IGW experience brings people
together people from all different parts of the company; and they learn
things about GAC which they couldn’t have if they didn’t take this
course. The history of the company especially, is very interesting and
also very important as it is, in essence, the rationale of what GAC
stands for today.
IGW allows GAC people to learn something about the company, other
people and themselves. That’s a lot of learning for just 8 weeks, but
it’s all very valuable. I think the IGW course will continue to be the
foundation upon which other courses are built. It plays a very important
role within the GAC Academy and hopefully will continue to do so for
many years to come.
I think the IGW course will continue to be the foundation upon
which other courses are built. It plays a very important role within
the GAC Academy and hopefully will continue to do so for many years to
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