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cover-story-(3).jpgAn attendee at Aon Hewitt‘s Top Companies for Leaders® (TCFL) Winners Think Tank Event was overheard saying, “If we knew how good this was going to be, we would have brought more colleagues with us.” This was a common theme amongst the almost 90 client contacts representing 35 winning companies being honored — of which, 22 were global winners — at the recent event held at the Crotonville (NY) campus of GE’s world-class Management Development Institute. The goals for the event include providing participants with a forum to discuss best practices from the Aon Hewitt TCFL research, sharing lessons learned along their talent journey, and energizing them to continue raising the bar for their organization’s leadership. One of the most anticipated sessions was the fireside chat, where Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric (GE) and Kristi Savacool, CEO, Aon Hewitt, shared personal industry and leadership insights, perspectives and experiences with a captivated audience. Kristi encouraged attendees to participate in open discussions with the prestigious academic and organizational thought leaders who were serving as event speakers.

She also highly recommended that they engage in conversations with their peers in attendance. Attendees wasted no time, following Kristi’s guidance as they let their guard down and were open with one another about the challenges they faced. Participants did not have reservations about sharing too much information and weren’t concerned about revealing intellectual property. Instead, they eagerly engaged in an open dialogue about their struggles, as well as humbly talking about their successes – all in the spirit of collaboration, learning and networking. Hot discussion topics included Performance Management (PM), as a number of attendees talked about ways their companies are modifying traditional PM systems, as well as high potential identification and development strategies, and how to implement sustainable succession planning systems. Participants felt encouraged by each other, with one gentleman commenting, “This is the best think tank event I’ve ever attended. The caliber of people here from the top leading organizations far exceeds those who have participated in similar events hosted by competitor firms.” After two full days of collaborating, learning and networking, attendees departed having gained invaluable industry contacts and with a profound appreciation for ways to create and execute more impactful solutions within their respective organizations. TCFL Think Tanks take place periodically. For more information on Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders, visit www.aon.com/ topcompanies or reach out to Jessie Leisten, Global Project Director.

The common trait of CEOs and business heads is that they are learners. If you had dinner with Warren Buffett, I guarantee you, he is going to ask you more questions than he answers. You have to force the Oracle of Omaha to answer your questions because he is so curious about the world.
Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric
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