COMING TOGETHER AS A GLOBAL BUSINESS
It was my privilege to be part of the team who helped pull together the recent Gulf Conference in Dubai.
Previous such global Gulf gatherings have proved to be invaluable and the last one in Beijing – which was my first Gulf Conference – was certainly both an important and enjoyable event. I believe, however, that this year’s conference reached a different level to any of its predecessors and the feedback we have received would seem to indicate that delegates also believe this to be the case.
I have, therefore, to thank everyone involved for their huge efforts in making it possible not only to stage a conference that was almost double the size of anything we had previously organised, but also to thank them for making it such a superb event to be part of. I think we can all genuinely be proud of Gulf Dubai 2017 and what was achieved there.
How my sphere of operations – Human Resources - has moved on since the last time Gulf held its Global Conference two years ago, is a good reflection of how the brand itself has moved forward as we strive towards fulfilling our aims for Mission and Vision 2020.
Both Gulf and the Hinduja Group, of which it is part, have the firm belief that the most valuable asset we possess is our people. This being the case, organising and developing our most valuable asset becomes a critically important function in our overall global structure.
I believe we have developed immensely in this respect over the past two years. We now have a network of HR personnel around the globe who are responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources role and who help ensure our Gulf personnel work in a professional environment that befits the world’s fastest growing lubricants brand.
Of course it is not simply the day-to-day requirements of our staff and creating a strong and nurturing environment for them that we now cover. We are also forward looking and Gulf personnel are benefitting from the professional development programmes we have in place: our induction process through our Emerging Leadership and Sales Excellence Programmes (ELP and SEP) to the Gulf Oil Advanced Leadership (GOAL) programme for our most senior personnel. Some of these programmes are conducted face to face, but much of the material is available through GOLD our online webinar portal.
Increasingly it is our aim to expand our programmes and, most importantly, to make these courses available to all Gulf businesses globally – be they GOI entities or licensees. In this way, everyone can benefit from them, so that we can make further strides along the road to both business and personal excellence.
Wishing you all a future of health, happiness and continually expanding horizons.