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Grow to Learn, Learn to Grow

Grow

In the mid-nineties, I spent a bit of time in Asia while working for my first major employer, the amazing global healthcare giant Abbott , one of the ‘Good to Great’ companies.

Working first in Quality and then in Pacific Asia Africa manufacturing out of New Zealand for an Ohio and a Puerto Rican manager based in Chicago respectively (I love you both Terry Louden and Juan Perez), I always dropped into a local supermarket to check out our products on the shelves. A habit that was hard to beat recently when transiting in Singapore. Abbott Nutritionals looked great on the shelf, and I was particularly pleased to see the Grow preschool nutritional powder looking splendid on the shelf, giraffe and all on the can. I led the development of this product from NZ fulfilling the vision of Edwin Feist from Abbott Philippines. Grow was a roaring success and spread across S.E. Asia. Ed even asked me to feature in the television commercial!

I learned a lot at Abbott, and I was always encouraged to ‘Go See’, whether it was the product, the plant or the people. It is something I still do as much as possible, and today’s supermarket moment was a special reminder for that.

Thank you, Abbott, for the learning opportunities you provided early in my career.

About the author: Geerten Lengkeek is the Managing Director of Productivity People