Speaker Spotlight: Tammi Jones, Director, HR – Organizational Change, Alcoa Corporation

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This week's HR Management Institute Canada’s Speaker Spotlight features Tammi Jones, Director, HR – Organizational Change at Alcoa Corporation, who will be leading a session on “Post-Spinoff Considerations: Managing Change and the Strategic Direction of the New Entity”.

We had the chance to catch up with Tammi this week to ask her a few questions about her role, her career and her advice for aspiring HR Leaders.  This is what she shared with us:

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced along your career path?   

When I was appointed to my first global role, I remember being overwhelmed with the challenge of leading a global team. The team was spread across North and South America, Asia, North Africa, Europe and Australia and I remember questioning how I could add value when many of the locations were new to me. I soon realized however that it wasn't about being an expert in each country. I had a team of experts in place and my role was to lead and empower them to deliver the overall strategy and to act as their help chain. Effective leadership can cross borders but it isn't easy. It takes a lot of time and effort, many a late night/early morning conference call and persistence to build relationships! Working with the global business however continues to be the best but most challenging part of my job.

What attributes or personal characteristics do believe are integral to your role?

To be successful in HR, you need to really know your business and have sound partnering and influencing skills. With the pace of change, you need to keep abreast of what’s going on externally and be comfortable with both change and the unknown because they are here to stay. With that in mind, you need to be both resilient and pragmatic. Other values which I consider integral to my role are integrity and humility. You need to be prepared to do what's right regardless of the outcome and you should never forget where you come from, irrespective of your airline status!

What is your advice to someone who is moving up the ranks in the field and wants to pursue an executive career?

Stay humble, focus on your leadership skills, recognize your people, be strategic but stay connected to where the real work happens.

Join the discussion and walk away with some actionable insights from the HR Management Institute, November 5th – 7th, 2017 at the JW Marriott Muskoka, ON

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