My mentor

first_img Comments are closed. My mentorOn 5 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Dr Aysen Broadfield, European HR director for Mattel, explains how hermentor Alan Kaye gave her the ability to progress within a multinationalAysen Broadfield first met Alan Kaye in 1999 when she became Mattel’s HRdirector for Northern Europe. As senior vice president for human resources andadministration, Global HR, he was able to provide her with an invaluableinsight into the runnings of a sprawling multinational company. To achieve this Kaye simply explained how Broadfield could get the most outof Mattel’s multinational structure. Broadfield says: “He explained the complexity of interactions among thefunctions and business units in a multinational. But more importantly, heshowed me how decisions are made. He also explained things take a lot of timeto do and often disappear altogether if you don’t understand how the finaldecision-making process works and who you have to involve, Following this approach has enabled Broadfield to become European HRdirector at the age of 37. She even claims this it is “largely down to thefact that I can issue results quickly”. She also feels explaining the complexity of management is the most importantthing for people working in multinationals. The best advice Kaye gave her was focus on the small details. She says:”I always felt he was behind me, supporting me and explaining the detailsthat you don’t understand unless you’ve worked behind the scenes. “These things really matter in terms of organisational development andwhich only experience can teach you.” Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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