Meet the CLO Advisory Board: Diana Thomas

CLO Magazine

Chief Learning Officer recently sat down with longtime CLO Advisory Board member Diana Thomas, executive coach and advisor for Winning Results LLC. In 2014, she received CLO’s Norman B. CLO: How did you first become interested in learning and development?

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Meet the CLO Advisory Board: Judy Whitcomb

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CLO: How did you become interested in learning and development? CLO: What lesson(s) did you learn in 2020 that you’ve taken with you into 2021? CLO: How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work? I also love studying and honing my skills as a Gallup Strengths Coach.

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Sydney Savion is the 2020 CLO of the year

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As the COVID-19 pandemic desecrated global economies, L&D was in the hot seat, with many learning leaders and teams working quickly to meet the rising demands of workforces entering a new chapter of work, from remote training, coaching and development opportunities to layoffs and outskilling.

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How to select candidates for executive coaching in your company

CLO Magazine

From CEOs and other members of the C-suite to vice presidents, directors, and senior and middle managers, it’s important to note that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to designing coaching engagements. A prospective candidate for executive coaching should possess each of the following.

Bend & Flex: Building Learning Agility

CLO Magazine

I now see this feedback as the ultimate compliment, for my manager felt I had learning agility. Learning agility is openness to new information and the ability to gain and apply insights derived from this information. Learning-agile people aren’t perturbed by shifts in direction. Consulting firm Green Peak Partners collaborated with researchers from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York to assess the value learning-agile individuals bring to their organizations.

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Is Your Learning Organization Agility Fit?

CLO Magazine

For CLOs, it has become a business imperative to develop agility and capability to meet the talent needs of organizations that are rapidly changing in such a turbulent environment. From an employee development perspective, how prepared are CLOs to demonstrate the agility to lead the change in culture, programs, processes and policies that were originally designed for full-time employees to an expanded talent portfolio increasingly represented by contingent workers?

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A Human Way to Foster Workplace Agility

CLO Magazine

Am I far off base in saying that businesses that cultivate courage, compassion and connection — essentially embracing vulnerability — are not only fertile grounds for innovation but also ones that can move with greater agility because of those qualities — what Brown calls wholeheartedness? There were coaches during my time in high school who supported this type of learning. Mind Over Matter agility learning

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Be a Triple-Threat CLO

CLO Magazine

” “Today’s educators,” she said, “must wear multiple hats — entertainer, personal coach, emergency responder, gizmo wizard and social media guru — to be judged as informed and effective.” At the same time, learning leaders have to juggle more than just the agile design, delivery and deployment of high-quality employee development methods that live up to learners’ expectations. Today''s educators must wear mutiple hats.

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Take a look at the evolution of the CLO

CLO Magazine

It’s been almost a quarter century since the formalization of the position of chief learning officer: In 1994, Jack Welch made Steve Kerr the CLO of General Electric. But what has happened to the CLO during this period? How have the skills required to be an effective CLO changed?

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Manager's Role in Learning and Performance Improvement

The Performance Improvement Blog

Employees need agility when it comes to information. Managers have control of their own learning, not corporate trainers, HR, or a CLO. Coaching Management Organization Culture Organizational Learning Training human performance improvement manager development manager''s role organizational learning What should be a manager’s role in employee learning? This is the question I will be answering in an ASTD-sponsored webcast on September 24, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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A learner and a teacher at heart

CLO Magazine

As head of talent and L&D at PerkinElmer, Sullivan is in charge of ensuring the company’s 12,000 employees are properly trained, engaged, supported and coached, as well as making sure the company recruits and retains the best and brightest individuals. Butters knew she’d found her CLO.

Creating a Culture of Servant Leadership

CLO Magazine

Mentor, coach and develop. Become a mentor, seek out windows of coaching moments, initiate career conversations and create development opportunities on a consistent and continuous basis throughout all levels and areas of your organization. Stay agile. The post Creating a Culture of Servant Leadership appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media.

The 7 Trends Reshaping Talent Development

CLO Magazine

To respond and thrive, organizations need digitally savvy, future-fluent leaders who are agile, strategic, data-driven and resilient. What you can do: Build a coaching culture. They will equip their people to be more agile, future-fluent and proactive — developing leaders who are able to pivot quickly in response to new challenges and opportunities. The post The 7 Trends Reshaping Talent Development appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media.

Cohort-based programs can develop leaders at all levels

CLO Magazine

In one company where we both coach, senior leaders assign group projects for teams to complete as part of their participation in the company’s flagship leadership development program. Peer coaching is an equally important component of cohort leadership development programs.

Learning to Innovate

CLO Magazine

For example, in 2017 she ran an executive master class around agile leadership that brought together North American leaders to work on relationship building and tackle current business issues. Homepage Top Story - Left Column Strategy adaptation aeronautics Airbus Airbus Group Airbus Helicopter change CLO profile cultural change disruption innovation Louise Kyhl Triolo

Keep Growing Your Organizational Learning Pyramid

CLO Magazine

Careers are no longer narrowly defined by jobs and skills but through experiences and learning agility.”. Rapidly advancing technologies and agile and team-centered business models are driving organizations to redesign themselves. Formal coaching and mentoring initiatives would also help. The post Keep Growing Your Organizational Learning Pyramid appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media.

Women and Diversity in the Workplace: Do Your Inclusivity Initiatives Measure Up?

CLO Magazine

In a culturally agile workplace, all functions need to play together. Provide specialized coaching/mentoring. Women from multicultural backgrounds can benefit from having a coach or mentor with whom they can surface unconscious biases , discuss options and hone their communications skills. appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media. Talent Management coaching D&I diversity and inclusion employee resource group intersectionality mentoring unconscious bia

Executive Education Excellence

CLO Magazine

CLO: One of the things participants say they value about IESE’s open-enrollment programs is they encourage new ways of thinking and equip them with new skills and perspectives that are directly relevant to their work. CLO: Can you talk a bit about your new New York-based executive education program, Driving Leadership Potential, targeted toward high-performing millennials? There’s mentoring, coaching, interactive exercises and active vision for their future and career.

Mind over matter: leadership mindsets and actions to drive results

CLO Magazine

Based on our research and our work with individuals across the globe, we have coalesced around four mindsets — growth, inclusive, agile and enterprise — as particularly critical to a leader’s success. Agile mindset — success in a changing world requires flexibility, adaptation and resilience.

The Reskilling Revolution versus the ‘clay layer’

CLO Magazine

A Reskilling Revolution will depend critically on a mentally agile workforce that is willing and able to change as the demand characteristics for labor change. The benefits of mentorship and coaching are not to be underestimated to help the permafrost see the wisdom in purposeful discomfort.

6 competencies leaders need to develop right now

CLO Magazine

Over this past year, there has been no shortage of content published on the importance of leadership qualities such as resilience, empathy and agility. Leader as coach. Agile execution.

3 C-Skills for the C-Suite

CLO Magazine

Earlier this month Forbes Coaches Council laid out more than a dozen skills next-gen leaders need today that weren’t essential a decade ago. Modern leaders have to be able to create culture, maintain it and grow it, said Mary-Anne Gillespie, president and founder of Red Apple Coaching. Tags: collaboration , culture , leadership , skills The post 3 C-Skills for the C-Suite appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media.

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The 50:50 learning model

CLO Magazine

Structures in a startup are informal and agile. People, roles and responsibilities tend to change fast, and a default training program is not agile enough to keep up. Someone who accepts ambiguity and thrives in a setup with informal/agile structures. Social Learning: Shadowing, Coaching and Knowledge Sharing. Coaching — internal experts: Training need not be a costly affair if your employees are involved in your training strategy.

Becoming a learning enterprise is a culture-change journey

CLO Magazine

Amid the traditional, something new is trying to emerge — an enterprise that is more fluid and agile, ecological, innovative and quick to recognize and mine insights from problems. Learning is fundamental to agility, innovation and responsiveness.

5 ways reading makes you a better leader

CLO Magazine

As an executive coach, that kind of reading is core to what we do. We curate lists of books and other readings for clients, which provide the backbone for our coaching sessions. The post 5 ways reading makes you a better leader appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media.

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There’s an Alternative to Leadership Development

CLO Magazine

Action learning with a trained coach is a cost-effective approach that enables leaders to develop capabilities while working to solve urgent organizational or social problems. A certified action learning coach can ensure that the learning environment stays safe for all participants. During the session the coach keeps track of when skills were demonstrated. At the end of the session the coach checks in with each participant, confirming use of the skill.

A message about learning from the C-suite

CLO Magazine

Beyond technology, companies like ours need more agility, innovation and self-management from everyone. And have goals to be a coach, helper, mentor and sponsor to others. Develop and implement agile learning plans.

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The Business Partnership Award

CLO Magazine

By looking into the strengths and weaknesses of each team, be it energy management or change agility, starting each program from scratch was found to be unnecessary. When the teams met to discuss the best way to implement learning initiatives, coaching became their key to success.

Embracing long-term virtual team and leadership training

CLO Magazine

They include formal training in a virtual classroom led by facilitators, practice lab facilitated sessions to practice crucial skills with colleagues, and one-on-one or small group peer coaching. The producer is ultra-agile, calm under pressure and technologically savvy.

CLOs Help Veterans’ Translate Military Competencies into Private Sector Skills

CLO Magazine

As part of the four-month LMLP, veterans are given coaching, instruction and numerous group exercises. As part of the development process, veterans are also given an assessment that measures learning agility and self-awareness — proven predictors of future success. Learning-agile individuals can apply past experiences and lessons learned to new situations and first-time challenges.

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Your job is being updated

CLO Magazine

In the old days we would talk about changing jobs, systems or skills as complex and difficult processes, often requiring training and coaching over relatively long periods of time in order to overcome resistance.

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3 Employee-Centric Best Practices

CLO Magazine

The ever-evolving needs of customers, market changes and leadership demands pose constant challenges for chief learning officers looking to keep large-scale workforces agile, relevant and productive. This requires assessing baseline knowledge and behaviors through technology such as mobile microlearning, which can pinpoint areas for managers to provide personalized coaching support. Critical thinking simulations prepare employees to be responsive and agile in any situation.

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Corporate Learning’s Transformation in the Digital Age

CLO Magazine

Most respondents expect corporate learning — both the capabilities imparted and the agility required — to change significantly in the next three years. Sophisticated organizations are expanding their use of cloud-based learning to run personalized applications such as MOOCs (massive open online courses), SPOCs (small private online courses), instructional videos, learning games, e-coaching, virtual classrooms, and online performance support and simulations.

5 strategies to disrupt the corporate learning and development industry

CLO Magazine

Authentic skill building, coaching and individualized learning is key to achieving this vision. Apps such as Bravely allowed for on-demand virtual coaching for enterprise-level support. We have an enormous opportunity right now to change the face of employee education.

Excellence in Blended Learning

CLO Magazine

BMS wanted learning to be easily consumed; to capture managers’ attention and engage them in skill development like coaching, giving and receiving feedback. GP Strategies introduced an online learning platform to help managers improve their skills in coaching and drive performance. This resulted in a learning solution that was flexible, relevant and reflected the speed and agility that BMS expects from managers.

Learning’s Role in Innovation

CLO Magazine

Agility and the ability to adapt is imperative. A 70-20-10 approach makes sense here, including not only instruction, but also coaching and opportunities to practice. Part of that coaching may be required of the learning and development team. Until the skills have been adequately developed, it’s not going to be a fair assumption that the coaching can be undertaken by developed employees. One of the best ways for a CLO to foster innovation is to start internally.

The Top Four Trends Disrupting the Workforce in 2017 (Part 2)


As a CLO, I spend a lot of time talking to learning leaders from a variety of industries, going to conferences and trade shows, and reading industry research and blogs. Since things are changing faster than ever before, businesses must stay agile. eBay is also focusing more on coaching for leaders, having employees and leaders engage in more impactful career and performance conversations.

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