This program is designed to address the needs and issues of growing technology companies through people management and culture. The program challenges conventional understanding and practices on both individual and team performance management providing actionable remedies to exercise competitive advantage.
High-tech companies (Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, etc.) are similar to professional sports teams. In sports, the goal is to win games and championships while in tech the goal is additional market share/revenue and profits. Wall Street has defined the performance metrics: market size, revenue growth and profitability that star players and winning teams must surpass. As with major league teams, companies will go to any length to hire top talent from the competition. The bottom line is all about optimizing “Team and Individual Performance” to out-innovate your competition!
Every company recognizes that a combination of individual and team performance is crucial to success. Yet often people management – performance, retention and recruitment - is done ad-hoc with neither time nor process to address it. One major factor is that managers have their hands full with Time To Market (TTM) pressure to deliver better, cheaper and faster products. Managers may be highly trained on the technical aspect of their role but not on people management. To further complicate matters, most companies’ performance metrics are biased towards the development of “things” rather than people.
This program answers fundamental questions, such as, “what is your job?”, “how do you support and enhance the growth of the organization?” and “do Key Performance Indicators (KPI) support people management and corporate growth?” It includes an exploration of the current issues surrounding people and performance management focused on uncovering root cause and underlying problems.
In an innovative break from current literature and its proposed solutions, this program introduces key lessons from professional sports organizations, demonstrating how to achieve “buy-in” and positioning teams and individuals for success based on their natural abilities and strengths. At the end of the program, participants, including technical managers, will have the know-how and techniques to fully leverage people as one of the key competitive advantages for growth.
N.B.: This program will be delivered at the Kanata Campus 535 Legget Drive, Suite 200.
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Mr. Hojjat Salemi is a Silicon Valley Executive. He has been working in the high‐tech field for more than 35 years. His background is in Systems and Semiconductor Developments. Currently he is an independent consultant working with companies such as Ranovus, responsible for Technology development and Partnership.
Prior to joining Ranovus, Mr. Salemi was the VP of Optical Transport at Inphi. He joined Inphi after Cortina Systems was acquired in October 2014, reporting directly to the CEO. He was instrumental on the success of Cortina’s acquisition into Inphi. Prior to Inphi, he was a co-founder of Cortina Systems. He was responsible for the P&L and growth of the Optical & Data Center Business Unit. Cortina Systems delivered several successful products to the market, OTN, Data Center, PON and Home Gateway devices that served a diverse global customer base. During this time, he was also responsible for M&A and due diligence of several startups and established business units.
Prior to Cortina, Mr. Salemi was the CTO of Skystone, a fabless semiconductor company specializing in WAN connectivity for IP & Ethernet Datacom systems. Skystone was acquired by Cisco Systems in 1997 and has become a very successful R&D facility for Cisco in Ottawa, Canada. Skystone was the first acquisition of Cisco outside the US market. Before Skystone, he held various technical and management roles in Mitel, Fitel-PMX, NewBridge and Nortel Networks. He was responsible for delivering Systems and VLSI chips for a number of different applications, IP, MPLS, voice, frame relay, ATM, IP over WDM, and Sonet/SDH networks.
Mr. Salemi received a Bachelor and Master of Engineering at Ottawa University. In 2010 he was honored with the 2010 Faculty of Engineering Alumni Award of Excellence from Ottawa University. He also holds a number of patents on a variety of topics relating to Systems and Semiconductor design.