Gilberto Granieri: Mentoring and Coaching Female Engineers

Gilberto Granieri, Jabil’s Regional Lean Manager for Europe and member of Jabil Joules Europe’s steering committee sees creativity and soft skills as the critical points to be a successful Lean manager. Contrary to the prevailing perception in which people associate the capacity for creative thinking with masculine qualities, Gilberto Granieri feels that especially women are very creative and that is one of the strongest skills they should make sure to demonstrate.

Gilberto Granieri, Jabil’s Regional Lean Manager for Europe and member of Jabil Joules Europe’s steering committee, sees creativity and soft skills as the critical points to be a successful Lean manager. Contrary to the prevailing perception in which people associate the capacity for creative thinking with masculine qualities, Gilberto Granieri feels that especially women are very creative and that is one of the strongest skills they should make sure to demonstrate.

Employee Development – Key Priority

In addition to his day to day activities of improving production velocity and efficiency, Gilberto finds that developing people is the heart of our business and the most important element of any Lean program and a key priority. As Lean managers are key drivers for change, it is crucial that they have strong abilities to influence and convince people. This can be done through engaging in a conversation with passion and with new ideas and by explaining why change is needed and that it can bring positive outcomes.

“Being a Lean Manager is nothing more than influencing people – you have to convince them that their daily routine that they established over months or years needs to be changed, analyzed and made simpler, easier and faster. As a leader, our responsibility is to challenge people. And whatever you want to change, without passion and creativity, it will be very difficult to influence and convince others to carry out that change,“ said Gilberto.

Creativity is an area, in which Gilberto sees that female Lean Managers excel. Influencing others and going forward with ideas without being pushy or aggressive is important. “Women are good listeners – this really helps when starting a dialog and finding new ideas. Men, most of the time are thinking short term – we look for technical solutions and forget the soft skills, whereas women have a better mix of long-term vision and soft skills,” added Gilberto.

The Reality

Unfortunately, the reality is that about 75% of managerial positions are still occupied by men. “For instance, Beata our Lean Manager in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary, when she is presenting the site Lean activities, she is the only women in the room.” However, we are making strides and last year, thirty five new female employees have been hired or promoted to various leadership positions within the European region.

Gilberto’s Advice

During his career thus far, he had two memorable mentors from which he learned how to lead with humanity and respect and how to push people to get them out of their comfort zones in order to learn new things and grow. His favorite quote comes from Richard Branson and sums it up, “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.”

One Response to Gilberto Granieri: Mentoring and Coaching Female Engineers

  1. Evelyn Ferrer says:

    Well deserved article. As a member of the Lean Six Sigma team i have had the privilege to work with Gilberto. It doesn’t surprise me that he is part of the European Jabil Steering Committee. Not only is he an incredible professional, but an amazing gentleman. And not only that, he expects that every men in the room treats you the same.

    Gilberto, my hat of to you my friend. Keep it up and see you soon.

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