GM Diversity: Demonstrating V.A.L.U.E. in the GM Workplace

General Motors Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett and Alicia-Boler Davis, senior vice president of global quality and U.S. customer experience, recently spoke at a leadership training event organized jointly by Employee Resource Groups including GM Women and Diversity.

With the goal of educating the company’s leadership team on the importance of women and to assist women in their personal strategy for success, GM invited Terry Barclay, president and CEO of Inforum, and speaker, career coach and author Pegine Echevarria, to share tips from Echevarria’s latest book, Sometimes You Need to Kick Your Own Butt: Strategies For Your Success.

Named one of the 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management, Echevarria details how to show V.A.L.U.E. in the workplace with these simple steps from her book.

  • Visible: Keep track of the work you do both within and outside your official job description.
  • Attitude: Take stock of your attitude. Be aware of how your attitude impacts your work unit and take steps to change your approach if needed.
  • Leverage: Always be aware of the value of your Time, Treasure and Talent. If some work or life task is a drain on at least one area, considering hiring out or asking for help.
  • User Resources: Calculate ROI on items or technology to make your job easier, even if you need to buy it for yourself. Take advantage of company provided resources (education, training, professional journals, conferences) to start growing your skill set.
  • Evolve: Think, Plan, Act. If you want to improve or change each year, then set a target, make a plan and follow through!

At GM, we ask everyone to respect the diversity that surrounds us. Taking time to learn about each individual’s personality, creativity, experiences and culture will lead to better understanding, increased trust and a stronger company. Or, as Alicia Boler-Davis puts it, “In order to grow as an individual and find your own value, you must be open to challenges, trying new things and working in places you haven’t before.”