Having lived in Portland for 10 years now, I have participated in the Portland Pride every year. This year it was something truly special to represent the adidas family with its newly formed LGBTQ group participating in its first community event at the Portland Pride Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 14th and June 15th. We formed the US adidas Group team with the desire to represent diversity and inclusion not only at work but also within the Portland community. The support and adulation received from the community during the Pride Festival was overwhelming and truly encouraging for us.
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I was well into my managerial career before I realised I needed to be a Leader, not just a manager. I, of course, wanted to get the best out of the teams I was managing, rather selfishly, because their success would further my career. I was all about career, not people, not others. Just me! Pretty shallow, I guess. But so far so good, career-wise, it got me here!
First part of the series was: Attitude at work
What did I learn as a leader on the company’s executive development programme (EDPExecutive Development Program (EDP) The Executive Development Program (EDP) is our development program designed to prepare executive talents (currently at Management Level 1) for their next step. It is an adidas Group program sponsored by our CEOThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a company is the highest-ranking corporate officer and in charge of total management of an organisation. Herbert Hainer and covers all brands, functions and markets. The EDP is a global concept which is in place worldwide. ) last year?
Well many things, but the most important was one particular awareness of myself: I don’t listen.
In part one of our two-part series, we interviewed three of our employees and learned about their views on the acceptance of their tattoos in the adidas Group workplace.
To kick off part two of our series, I wanted to find out from a seasoned adidas Group veteran if there was similar sentiment. This led me to Janette, Global OperationsGlobal Operations (GOPSGlobal Operations (GOPS) is the overriding organisation for all functions which help to create products for all adidas Group brands and get them to the marketplace. Everyday Global Operations teams across the globe ensure products are created, tested, commercialised, mass produced and shipped to over 70 countries around the world.) is the overriding organisation for all functions which help to create products for all adidas Group brands and get them to the marketplace. Everyday Global Operations teams across the globe ensure products are created, tested, commercialised, mass produced and shipped to over 70 countries around the world. Technical Manager, and over seven years at the adidas Group. I asked Janette if she thought she might not get the job because of her tattoos. Janette: “This definitely crossed my mind, but I decided to get my sleeve after already being with the adidas Group for seven years and didn’t feel my tattoos would be a factor in my future endeavors at the adidas Group.” It was quite the opposite of what I would expect. Janette felt even more comfortable with her visible ink as she continued to grow within our organization.