MichaelS Salone, 40, is based in Parisas vice-president of learning and development for rail products manufacturer Alstom Transport. He explains hisrole in providing opportunities for staff worldwide.What does your role involve? Providingthe most opportunities for development of our people worldwide, while ensuringthere is a contribution to the bottom line of the organisation. This involvestraditional training, e-learning, performance management, succession planning,and change management. What are the best aspects of the job?Staffwant to be active in the people development process, and in my role, I get tohelp them take charge.What is your current major training projector strategic push?First, the improvement of our virtual university– the Alstom Learning Institute. Second,along with Cole-McKee Partnership, we’ve developed specialised workshops forthe management teams, interactive communication tools for cascading, and ashort interactive and information quiz online in nine languages.Andthird, the AlstomLeadership Programme – a traditional format of development programmes designedto increase the competencies of our future leaders. The thing that has madethis different is the online Priority Plan where employees inter-act with theirmanagers to determine their development priorities. What impact would you like to have on yourorganisation?AsAlstom is made up of a lotof different company cultures, through mergers, joint ventures andacquisitions, I would be extremely satisfied if one day all employees spokewith one company voice while maintaining their local qualities. Learning anddevelopment plays a key role in making this happen.What did you want to do for a living whenyou were at school?Asa boy growing up near the ocean in Florida,I always wanted to be Jacques Cousteau’s replacement and become anoceanographer. The closest I’ve come to that is living in France!How do you think your job will have changedin five years’ time?Idon’t think the fundamentals of the job will have changed as much as the toolsavailable. We will certainly have to be increasingly responsive and cheaper asa function.How do you get the best from people?By giving them my best and providing autonomy,respect, and achievable goals.What is the most essential tool of your job?Mygut! I have all the technology and a lot of HR experience, but if somethingdoesn’t look, sound, or feel right, there’s usually a good reason not to do itwithout checking it out more carefully.Which is the best management book you haveever read?Ihave lots of books but two stick out in my mind as nailing down the principlesof management: In Search of Excellence(Thomas J Peters and Robert H Waterman, Jr)and The One Minute Manager (SpencerJohnson and Kenneth H Blanchard) are still my favourites. They’re basic, butpowerful, and not so stuck on theory as much as reality. Describe your dream jobBesidesselling suntan lotion on the beach in St Tropez, I’d say I have my dream jobright now.Thisarticle originally appeared in TrainingMagazine. To subscribe, go to www.reedbusiness.co.uk/products/training.asp Comments are closed. Career profile: Miachael S SaloneOn 14 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.