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3rd Cohort of Irene Asare HR Mentoring Programme Launched
Global HR Expert and Founder of CarvinClay People Development, Irene Asare, has launched the third cohort of the Irene Asare HR Mentoring Programme at the China Europe International Business School (CEIB) Africa auditorium, on the theme “The HR Leader in the New Normal”. Speaking about the launch, Irene Asare reiterated her passion for personal and professional development of practitioners and the role of mentorship to harness their potential. The HR expert observed the changes, challenges and the opportunity that have been seen in the practice over the last couple of years amidst the global pandemic. “The new normal may be a clique but it is our reality now. There is still a lot of work to be done in many areas, like the adoption of hybrid work models”, she stated She further encouraged the mentees to take advantage of the opportunities to advance their career. “HR is now on a perfect stage. There hasn’t been a time like this for us as professionals to think on our feet. Be the person that researches to find the real issues and learn to add value”. Irene Asare also indicated that there is no shortcut to success in the HR profession and asked professionals to take their time to go through the steps of development to learn how to do the job and seek support from others. Addressing the gathering, the Keynote Speaker, Ace Economist and Former CEO of Stanbic Bank Ghana, Mr Alhasssan Andani, commenced Irene Asare for this initiative, saying that it's the first of its kind in the country. He noted that the HR profession has moved away rapidly from old practices and has had the introduction of many automations. According to him, there is the need for today's HR professionals to understand the business of their organisations and how to bring the best out of people. Mr Andani urged the mentees to understand the difference between managing work and managing workers. “Organisations are going to be radically different, agile and changing. Their purpose may be the same but the way they get it done will change rapidly so it’s no longer the stable, predictable environment where those whole HR practices were written for”, he noted. The Irene Asare HR Programme is an annual CSR initiative of Irene Asare dedicated to equipping and raising transformational Human Resources leaders in Africa, by delivering the essential skills required by practitioners to transform themselves and their organisations. It is in partnership with the CEIBS Africa and the Chartered Institute of Human Resource Management (CIHRM), Ghana. The third cohort received twenty-seven (27) successful mentees from over two hundred (200) applications from candidates across industries, with sponsorship from Stanbic Bank Ghana and Joy Business. In Attendance were the Managing Director of CarvinClay People Development, Mr. Nixon Amoah-Awuah; Executive Director of CEIBS Africa, Prof. Mathew Tsamenyi; Deputy Chief Executive (Services), Volta River Authority, Dr. Stella Agyemin-Boateng; Labour Expert, Mr. Austin Gamey, among seasoned experts in the country. Written By: Nana Afia Tenkoramaa