Diane Landsiedel, Senior
Manager, General Motors Technical Education Prgram, says
International Profiler is an important, effective tool used by the GM Technical
Education Program (TEP) to help support the success of GM employees worldwide
to leading and working on globally distributed teams. The TIP questionnaire
and feedback process are embedded in the requirements of a TEP sponsored
seminar from UCLA called "Leading High Performance Distributed Technical
Teams". GM technical employees from around the world at every level
are eligible to enrol in the seminar. Several hundred employees have successfully
completed the TIP questionnaire and feedback process to date with many more
expected from all parts of the globe. Employee evaluations have been extremely
positive. The TEP team has several members who have been licensed by WorldWork
(See below). TIP seems to be on the leading edge and very well researched.
We think it is a very effective way to grow the intercultural competencies
of GM employees globally."
Johanna Hassan &
Susan Bray, UCLA Extension Instructors, WorldWork Licensees, say
International Profiler (TIP) is a key element in the strategy of the General
Motors Technical Education Program - to support the corporation as it transitions
from being multi-national to becoming truly global. GM employees are working
in teams that are increasingly virtual and cross-cultural in nature, and
a critical core competency is the ability to work effectively in these environments.
TIP is a central instructional / personal development tool in online courses
in "Leading High Performance Distributed Technical Teams", that
GM engineers take from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
It is also the basis for individual mentoring that is provided to many GM
employees. In fact, the GM Technical Education Program is developing an
in-house capability for providing individual mentoring in TIP results by
supporting WorldWork licensing training for selected members of its staff.
Over 300 GM employees have taken the International Profiler to date, and
many more will take it this year (2008). As instructors providing online
education and individual mentoring, we have found TIP to be an outstanding
tool in supporting our efforts in developing cross-cultural competence within
this major corporation."
Paul Flowers, Design
Manager with Electrolux in Italy, says
Profiler is an excellent team building tool - both in identifying the competences
you lack and in bringing out and building on the skills you have within
your team. It is also ideal for putting your own skills into context and
preparing for forthcoming assignments."
Ewington, course leader of the University of Cambridge's Diploma in Intercultural
" Until now there has been very little
in terms of a structured development process that can enable a manager to
understand how the 'gap effect' of working across cultures might affect
him or her at a personal level and how he or she can fill this gap in areas
of need. The International Profiler performs this function very effectively."