Change Makers 2017

Five ways to become a Barloworld Change-maker

Barloworld honours the ‘change-makers’ across the company to celebrate the people at the core of the business and those that bring the company’s vision – to create a world of difference – to life.

“Change-makers are people who not only understand their role in delivering Barloworld vision; but also serve and make a difference with their passion, ideas and determined actions,” said Clive Thomson, Barloworld Chief Executive.

“They inspire others in the way they initiate change in their environment, tackle challenges, pioneer new and innovative thinking to turn a situation around – creating shared value for Barloworld’s stakeholders.”

It’s no easy feat to be named a change-maker, amongst other criteria the top five are:

1. Embrace innovation
Innovation is key in turning situations around, whether it’s introducing ground-breaking new innovations, or finding new ways of doing a job really well, innovation brings to bear the potential for sustainable returns to the business as it is about doing things differently, finding new solutions to challenges and delivering solutions that address changing internal and external customer needs.

2. Contribute to business sustainability
Our vision calls for the balancing of social and economic outcomes, which includes not only delivering sustainable returns to our shareholders but also as a respected corporate citizen adopt sustainable business practices that mitigate our impact on the environment and finding new and innovative and environmentally friendly ways to achieve that; and obtaining license to operate through the positive role we play in our communities. For this reason one of the key values of the organisation is Sustainability where every employee has a role to play. Everyone’s role. Go the extra mile Be willing to go “above and beyond” the call of duty, such as, volunteering for additional duties, and looking for ways to perform a job more effectively; and going out of one’s comfort zone to deliver value regardless that is sits outside of the defined job scope.

3. Create shared value
Shared value is about creating solutions that are win-win for both company and shareholders, and focus on mutual benefit. This requires an inclusive and consultative approach to identifying issues of common interest, defining solutions. This includes buildingrelationships in the workplace that allow sharing of knowledge and skills, as well as learning from colleagues.

4. Show leadership skills
Demonstrate leadership behaviour in everyday situations. Leaders step up to the plate without being asked. Be willing to take calculated and considered risks and assume accountability. Show and inspire humility, transparency and truthfulness through all activities.

“All of the nominees are winners in their own right selected from close to 20 000 employees worldwide representing our seven divisions in a year long process culminating in tonight’s event. These change makers’ achievements should be seen against the backdrop of an increasingly complex business environment; but one in which Barloworld’s extraordinary people excel,” said Thomson.

The winners are:

  • Avis Car Sales Team from KwaZulu-Natal
  • Ebrahim Dhooma, Group Financial Analyst, Corporate office
  • Niel Opperman, General Manager: Barloworld Equipment, Kathu
  • Jose Ignacio, Facilities Manager: Barloworld Iberia
  • Veronique Grobler, Functional Analyst, IT: Barloworld Handling, Boksburg
  • Telkom Contract Team from Barloworld Logistics
  • Edith Maritz, Procurement Buyer: Barloworld Power, Boksbur
  • Roman Davydov, IT Manager: Vostochnaya Technica / Barloworld Equipment Russia
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