Sanna Öörni, Head of Customer Service and Management Group Member, Elenia
Heikki Paananen, Operation Manager, Elenia
Tiina Lautala, HRD Manager (till May 2017), Elenia
Elenia is a pioneer in the energy industry that takes talent management to new levels. Aalto EE’s Global Leader, Graduate Diploma in Management program is one of Elenia’s partners in fostering the development of the company’s current and future leaders.
Elenia is a major societal actor in Finland. The company invested more than 115 million euro into developing its smart-grid in 2016 alone. Over a million Finns live in Elenia’s service area and the length of its electrical grid equals 1.5 times the circumference of the earth.
“You have to invest in your people to keep the best talent on-board,” says Elenia’s HRD Manager Tiina Lautala. “Aalto EE’s Global Leader program is a good example: we have sent several people to the program in recent years and intend to continue doing so. The benefits for our individual talents and our company as a whole are clear.”
She underlines that as the world evolves, so does leadership: “You cannot lead in today´s world with yesterday´s view point. The Global Leader program teaches our people new kind of leadership and helps unlearn outdated notions.”
Global Leaders, broader shoulders
Operations Manager Heikki Paananen is a Global Leader alumnus from last year, while Head of Customer Service and Management Group Member Sanna Öörni is partaking in the ongoing program. Both highlight the Global Leader program’s value.
“Global Leader has given me a marvelous opportunity to challenge myself and gain new knowledge and outlook. My expectations were exceeded already during the first module. The content was progressive, the teaching top-quality and the lessons very applicable to practice,” says Öörni.
My view of the world and business perspective grew notably during the program. It made me a better decision maker.”
Paananen explains that during the program, he was positively surprised by how good the teaching was – and laughingly admits that he was also somewhat surprised of just how much work Aalto EE makes people do.
“My view of the world and business perspective grew notably during the program. It made me a better decision maker. I use many Global Leader tools in my work, for example coaching from the Leading Change module and strategy creating tools from the Global Strategy module. The last module – Future of Work – provided us extremely interesting perspectives and tools, which I am certain I will use a great deal in years to come,” Paananen lists.
Lautala summarizes the impact of the Global Leader program well: with every new participant in the program, Elenia’s shoulders grow broader.
“We send people there with great ideas – and during the program their ideas transform into vision. They speak differently about leadership, about customers. The competence they pick up are the glue that keeps organizations together,” Lautala affirms.