FROM “5-STAR TRAINEE” TO MANAGER
First of all, we had to earn the five stars on paper in practice, each of them – and that was a good thing. We were offered a wide variety of opportunities to do so in the two-year trainee program. How did it happen? We learned every day and from each individual employee in all the areas of the company. At the same time, we were also allowed to put what we learned into practice immediately. And that is still the case even today, 21 years later, and we are eternally grateful for that.
What skills and abilities were required and encouraged? Proactivity, agility, a solution-oriented approach, pragmatism, and patience, combined with the quality of being able to take every decision as if it were your own company. Listen and learn – it sounds easy, but it all starts with the person speaking. We were and are still being given the tools to do so today.
Christian Ruck (Export Director Newell Brands) and Birgit Meyer (Senior Manager Brand Activation)