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Build An Organizational Culture Based On Values And Capabilities Derived From Business Objectives – Insights from Panasonic



Danny Kalman, Global Talent Director at Panasonic, opened the series of panels and presentations dedicated to “The Capability Builder” skill domain as part of the HR Summit and Expo 2012.

Some of the key points of Danny Kalman’s presentation were:

  • Putting in place leadership competencies can help in driving the business through leaders; high-quality leaders enhance people outcomes, which further improve business results;
  • A first step in establishing leadership competencies is understanding management philosophy, answering questions such as “What kind of behaviors are leaders currently demonstrating?”;
  • In the case of Panasonic, one of the leadership competencies is “sunao-mind”, which is the Japanese for “uncluttered” or “open-minded”; the Japanese word was chosen on purpose, as a reminder of the company’s Japanese origins;
  • At Panasonic, leadership competencies are employed in a variety of human resources processes such as recruitment and selection, performance management and rewards, succession management, learning and development;
  • Danny Kalman also differentiated between systems, operations, practices and plans as fluid elements of an organization, “anew every day” and the mission of an organization as the unchanging element.
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