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Future Leaders of Michelin: You can learn a lot by trying and making mistakes

In Michelin, we hire for a career, not just for a job. We’re making this promise time and time again, and we have built an internal framework to support it and turn it into a reality. One of our tools: the accelerated development program Future Leaders. It takes colleagues with no previous managerial experience and intensively trains them for a new role. Theory meets practice in this one-year program, where the participants learn project management skills and also get to test them out in practice, each person managing a cross-functional program with high impact in our organization.

We’re asked our Future Leaders about their development experience:

Sorin Grapan, Sales Administration Team Manager

If you don’t exit your comfort zone, then the developing areas are shrinking considerably for you.

Sorin Grapan, Sales Administration Team Manager
What was your motivation to apply for the Future Leaders program?

My motivation: I started working in Michelin as a trainee, back in 2014. After 5 years of operational activities and 3 career changes, I felt that I could grow even more. I felt the desire to go beyond the operational part and start working and developing my management experience. The Future Leaders program was launched exactly at the right time for me and it offered me that chance to develop myself, exit my comfort zone and really test my limits.

How would you describe your experience? 

My project lasted for 6 months, all the while having in mind the current activities. During the 6 months I had several trainings which really helped me in dealing with the different decisions to be taken. The sponsors I worked with were really helpful, present every time to help me with an opinion, when needed. All in all, it was difficult during the developing period (that was the initial scope, to be tested) but the experience and things I’ve learned in these 6 months were definitely worth the efforts.

What is the main thing you’re taking with you from this program?

Of course I’ve learned a lot – I think I could write a small book about it; but the most important, without going into details, would be:

Alexandra Ion

FUTURE LEADERS OF MICHELIN: I WANTED TO SEE IF I HAD WHAT IT TAKES

I think the biggest lessons learned from Future Leaders are that self-awareness is an essential quality for a good leader and that communication is key to get the expected results.

Geanina Muscalu

FUTURE LEADERS OF MICHELIN: IT OPENED MY APETITE FOR DIGITALIZATION

The Performance Management project, which I coordinated, opened my appetite for digitalization and for the usage of Power BI application.

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