I’m a business author and consultant who helps people and organizations grow more agile and innovative through intentional training and talent development strategies and tactics. I help both managers and supervisors who have nothing to do with traditional training develop their teams, as well as support my peers in training and talent departments re-imagine their work.
Let’s be honest. A lot of people don’t think much of training or talent development. Maybe that’s why so many training departments are shrinking. My guess is that the folks who cut the funding haven’t seen talent and training done well. It’s a shame because when it is:
- organizationally/project focused,
- delivered professionally,
- intentionally happening both inside and beyond the classroom,
- facilitated both digitally/virtually and in-person, and
- designed following proven methods from learning science …
… it can be amazing. Learning and talent functions have the potential to powerfully transforms people who transform organizations.
Drawing on close to 30 years experience in talent development and professional media, forged across 25 countries, I help talent leaders use talent development strategies to build agile work cultures to spur innovation via these organizations’ number one strength: their people.
The challenge many face is change. So much is changing in the way organizations run, technology is used and what people expect. It’s hard to know what’s the best way to do talent and training. That idea you just saw in Inc. Magazine, for example … is it truly transformative or just the next fad? Knowing what won’t change and what does need to change is critical.
Me and Buzzwords Don’t Get Along
Some folks will tell you I’m unconventional. A talent provocateur. Probably because I challenge much of the status quo. I’m skeptical of fads. And I can’t stand buzzwords, unless I make ‘em up. LOL. If you scroll down, you can read how I clash with some of the prevailing ideas in today’s business environment that I think are out of date. (You might find you clash with them too.)
I deeply believe that the future is yours for the taking. Even amidst the uncertainty that COVID 19 has wrought on just about every country. Your success comes down to mindset, gritty work and humility. Humans have an incredible capacity to learn – they just have to take that first step.
When we put learning at the heart of business, powerful things can happen. But learning is more than some wishy washy word that people nod their head to. As such, I use what I call the learning mechanics formula, the learning ecology model, and the talent continuum to help make sense of the future. You can read about them in other pages on this website.