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Successful mentor and coaching programmes are very important for every company to ensure the employees have the best opportunities to grow.

What will be the biggest challenges with talent acquisition in future?

Availability of ready talent. Short stints of those who join, which will increase their workload as they keep searching for candidates for the same positions more often.

Innovative talent management programs: What have you already implemented and what are you expecting to launch in upcoming years?

We at Petro Rabigh are currently developing an all-in-one technology solution customised for our organisation that will fuse many of our people practices into an AI-driven platform. We have used the principles of design thinking while designing the solutions. We hope this will not only help our leaders to identify high potential employees, but also connect employees at all levels to mentors within our organisation for their professional growth and learning.

What is the next big thing in leadership training? How do digital tools and techniques influence leadership development and learning?

The next big thing in leadership training is to assist leaders use principles of storytelling to mentor, coach and grow their employees.

Learning has been democratised with technology as information does not stay central in the hands of select few. Technology if used properly has the potential to help leaders to identify early signs of competency gaps and suggest available resources to fill them.

Tahseen WAHDAT WASSAN, Head, Learning & Organization Development at Petro Rabigh is an experienced Human Resource & Learning professional with various regional and corporate level exposure in culturally diverse, Multi-National Corporations spanning several industries. He has shaped high-performing cultures with Progressive People Practices, Prolific Internal Communications, Robust Change Management, Learning and Organisational Development programs at companies like IBM, Bank of America, Serco and Essar Group. He currently leads the Learning & Organizational Development Function at Petro Rabigh, a Joint venture of World’s largest oil & gas company, Saudi Aramco and Japan’s leading chemical producer, Sumitomo Chemicals.
He has published several articles and a chapter in Roy Pollock and Andrew Jefferson’s successful book The Field Guide to the 6Ds: How to Use the Six Disciplines to Transform Learning into Business Results. He was recognised as one of the ‘25 Young HR Leaders’ by People Matters (A Leading HR magazine in India) and DDI (The Global Talent Management Experts).


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