Where in the World are the New GMDPs?

I’m proud to say I’m a new addition to Avaya’s Global Management Development Program (GMDP).

The GMDP’s goal is to grow a pipeline of future leaders, develop and retain best-in-class talent and, honestly, to continue to invigorate Avaya.

And, at first, it’s a strange concept.

Avaya makes cutting-edge products that are used by some of the biggest, and frankly coolest, brands out there. The Winter Olympics? Check. Buddy Valastro from TLC’s “The Cake Boss?” Check. Multiple United States’ government agencies? Check.

So why would Avaya need GMDPs to invigorate the company?

The best businesses in the world, ones like Avaya, are always creating … better technology, better products, better processes and, in this case, better employees.

As Avaya invests in its newest employees, it invests in its future.

Over the next two years, the GMDP will challenge my colleagues and me to become more cross-functional, more courageous and better decision-makers. It will encourage us to break silos, think outside of the box, smash down any perceived barriers.

The GMDP will not just allow our growth. It will demand it.

Part of the program is forming a community within the GMDP, one that breaks functional, geographical and cultural boundaries.

This is the second round of GMDP hiring, but the first time the “G” (global) is really emphasized. Over the next month, there will be at least 71 new GMDP hires joining more than 15 locations, spanning the United States, Dubai, Brazil, Colombia, Canada, Australia, the list goes on.

In the words of my new colleague, fellow GMDP member Wong Jun Kai from Singapore, we are joining “a special community within Avaya, one that inspires and encourages collaboration opportunities.”

“If I were to describe my work experience thus far (only two weeks actually!), with three words, they would be: refreshing, insightful and humbling,” he said.

So where in the world are the new GMDPs? Find him (Singapore), me (Santa Clara) and other GMDP members on the map below.

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