Agile innovation in the face of COVID-19

CLO Magazine

Agile innovation, the profitable application of creativity, aims to design breakthrough solutions that optimize efficiency, improve market position through new product development or result in new enterprise structures. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that in a recent Center for Creative Leadership online survey of more than 500 global leaders, 53 percent chose agile innovation as one of the top trends to impact their businesses over the next five years.

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Skills Are the Currency of “The Expertise Economy”

CLO Magazine

“Never has there been a time where so many changes are happening so quickly, and it is really hard for companies and employees to adapt,” said Kelly Palmer, co-author of the “The Expertise Economy: How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed.”. CLO : What motivated you to write “The Expertise Economy”? CLO : What do you view as the most effective way to learn? CLO : What should universities and companies do to help skill the workforce?


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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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Agile by fire: how the tech industry is transforming learning

CLO Magazine

It is “agility by fire” — the ability to move quickly but not easily, and still excel. This reality accounts for a fast-paced, reactive, regulated yet boundaryless organization with silos of expertise. As the sector continues to evolve, it survives by being agile by fire.

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Be a Triple-Threat CLO

CLO Magazine

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. Achieving triple-threat status as a senior learning leader takes more than just core knowledge of the industry and training expertise. Today''s educators must wear mutiple hats. CLOs are no different.

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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. Of course, senior managers, often within human resources, had been responsible for workplace training for decades prior to the creation of the CLO role. But what has happened to the CLO during this period? How have the skills required to be an effective CLO changed? The Academic CLO. Agility.

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Each member will bring their expertise to bear and share their knowledge and experiences. Diverse perspectives and subject matter expertise will have to come together to solve problems in the future. The best-fit team will work on the project, bringing to bear expertise and experiences from their different domains, and disperse once the project is complete. The role of the CLO will be to drive this change NOW! I am not the kind to crystal gaze.

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Chief Learning Officer: Moving Forward, Looking Behind

CLO Magazine

That’s why the future CLO must be agile, responsive and open to new ways of working. Content expertise and mastery of the instructional domain are augmented by business savvy, sophisticated consulting and diagnosis skills and the ability to advocate and influence others across the company, not just in the classroom. Over the course of three days, we’ll dive deep into the CLO role and talk about the ideas and practices that are the keys to future success.

Career Advice: Jesse Jackson

CLO Magazine

My role as a CLO for JPMorgan Chase, specifically with our consumer community banking business, is a bit nontraditional. What will the CLO role look like in five or 10 years? The CLO role in five or 10 years will continue to evolve in a way that allows the chief learning officer to work much more in an integrated fashion with our chief information officers and chief marketing officers. The post Career Advice: Jesse Jackson appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media.

Burgers and Basics

CLO Magazine

Access to the world’s entire collection of knowledge and expertise is at the tips of our fingers and learning organizations will march ever forward with new initiatives and programs. I’m not talking about using agile development techniques to design a course or evaluating the success of a program on the Kirkpatrick scale. The post Burgers and Basics appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media. Leadership Development CLO editor's letter Learning economy

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. Learning programs for employees with more than two years of experience and first-time managers should focus on strengthening leadership skills and building technology depth and functional expertise.

A learner and a teacher at heart

CLO Magazine

If you know how to engage people in dialogue and actually make them a part of the solution and honor their expertise, it’s going to be a more impactful learning experience. Butters knew she’d found her CLO. So, we have become very agile in our approach.”. The post A learner and a teacher at heart appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media. Profiles & Case Studies CLO profile learning Lifelong learningLearning is in Jennifer Sullivan’s blood.

Skills in demand, skills in decline

CLO Magazine

The most notable trend, perhaps, is the volume of perishable skills in declining demand — R, Agile, Unix — platform- or organization-specific tools or languages that remain important for some but are increasingly volatile. Agility has become a key enabler in our capacity to move forward.

The New Learning Metrics: Demonstrating Business Value and Impact


In their book, The Expertise Economy , Degreed CLO Kelly Palmer and Co-founder David Blake caution that corporate learning is often viewed as a cost center rather than a revenue-generating function. Use Learning Metrics to Stay Agile.

How to select candidates for executive coaching in your company

CLO Magazine

Such personal traits are critical to leadership effectiveness because learning agility has become a foundational component of leadership agility. Besides learning agility, candidates for coaching should demonstrate potential as it relates to problem-solving and decision-making.

The Changing Face of Work and Workplace Learning

ID Reflections

Each member will bring their expertise to bear and share their knowledge and experiences. Diverse perspectives and subject matter expertise will have to come together to solve problems in the future. The best-fit team will work on the project, bringing to bear expertise and experiences from their different domains, and disperse once the project is complete. The role of the CLO will be to drive this change NOW! I am not the kind to crystal gaze.

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Top of Mind: Learning in the Age of Acceleration

CLO Magazine

It is an age in which entire industries are being reshaped with routine business models being rendered useless in favor of more agile people, plans and processes. However, the great news is that the clues to reimagine a more agile L&D organization abound. Second, we need to incorporate organizational agility everywhere. The post Top of Mind: Learning in the Age of Acceleration appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media. Jesse Jackson.

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Skills aren’t soft or hard — they’re durable or perishable

CLO Magazine

As the prevailing wisdom has held, it is important to develop skills in a T-shape, with a horizontal continuum of “soft” or human skills that intersects with deep expertise in a specific area. For example, if your organization is implementing an Agile transformation, don’t start with training on how to use Jira, Asana or some other work-tracking platform. Agile delivery is a key skill set for many employee roles today, but it is just one of many.

COVID-19 is an opportunity to reinvent education

CLO Magazine

The educators will face a major challenge in sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise with their students. They will encounter huge challenges from students who are mentally agile with equipped technology and updated information.

Manager's Role in Learning and Performance Improvement

The Performance Improvement Blog

Google did a study of its employees and found that managers are successful in Google, not because of their technical expertise, although that’s important, but because of what they do to help team members learn and develop and achieve success. Employees need agility when it comes to information. Managers have control of their own learning, not corporate trainers, HR, or a CLO. What should be a manager’s role in employee learning?

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CLOs Help Veterans’ Translate Military Competencies into Private Sector Skills

CLO Magazine

For example, many veterans possess technical expertise, including training and certification in military systems that often become the current technology in the commercial sector. Companies looking for cyber knowledge or network engineering skills often can find this expertise among veterans. As part of the development process, veterans are also given an assessment that measures learning agility and self-awareness — proven predictors of future success.

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Creating a Culture of Servant Leadership

CLO Magazine

Leverage diversity of thought, experience and expertise. Stay agile. The post Creating a Culture of Servant Leadership appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media. Servant leadership is all about enriching the lives of others, building better organizations and ultimately creating a world that is more caring and equitable. Not only is it personally rewarding, but it makes a difference in others’ lives.

It’s Time to Get Started with Career Mobility


In July, researchers at McKinsey recommended that organizations looking to pivot, adapt, and thrive amid disruption “ revamp their upskilling and retraining approaches and adopt an agile approach to strategic workforce planning.” There has to be a culture where managers are actually rewarded for helping their employees progress and succeed,” Degreed CLO Kelly Palmer said. The world of work is evolving, and smart companies get it.

Leaders Define Leaders: Q&A with Robert Anderson and William Adams

CLO Magazine

CLO : What is unique about this book? CLO : What does an effective leader look like? They clearly understand what’s required for that business to be successful and they put in place what’s required to make that happen — the expertise to be able to set directions, vision and strategy. CLO : Can you describe the difference between high-reactive and high-creative leadership? We won’t create the type of agile, innovative organization from a reactive mindset.

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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. But being a standout in an area of functional expertise doesn’t mean an individual has the skills to manage people. 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. Today’s talent development teams face a tough reality.

The People Have the Power: A Case for the Democratization of Content


This agility is the foundation of corporate resilience, the key to long-term success. But to do this requires an agile workforce that has the tools and knowledge to act. You may have heard the phrase, “democratization of content.”

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. Effective learning, however, calls for deep expertise in its design and delivery and in all processes and systems that support it and integrate it with the business. And remember, successfully navigating the coming transformation will require not just a shift in tools and approaches but also an agile, engaged organization.

Being Great at One Thing Can Kill Innovation

CLO Magazine

It’s the only way to beat what Taylor calls the “paradox of expertise,” or, the bind that people and well-established businesses like WD-40 often find themselves in — so committed to doing things one way they ultimately falter due to a lack of innovation. Taylor wrote that Ridge conquered that paradox by overhauling the company culture to prioritize learning, “transforming a stale, insular business into something agile and open-minded.”. In a Sept.

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. Lava Infotech also relies on external expertise. “We By using Agile development models, for example, employees must work, learn and explore together to make projects successful.

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. The traditional hierarchical enterprise has a difficult time making this shift to a more agile way of operating. Do team members share knowledge and expertise freely or hoard it?

Is L&D Ready for “The New Learning Era”?

Learning Wire

Given L&D’s expertise and agility, they can surely make this transition to deliver new solutions based on business needs. The author of this article is Jan Rijken – Learning Director at Wiley-Crossknowledge / visiting professor at IE business school / former CLO at KPMG, ABN-AMRO & Daimler. We’ve all been hit hard by this pandemic in both our personal and professional lives.

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Your job is being updated

CLO Magazine

The goal of shifting to updates in the workplace is to become more agile and target how specific changes in systems, skills, roles and tasks can lead to better outcomes. We will need to leverage and combine our expertise in skill development, workflow support, organizational change, learning data analytics and user experience. The post Your job is being updated appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media.

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Developing the next generation of physician leaders

CLO Magazine

As the face of the health care industry continues to change, there is an overriding need for leaders who possess both clinical expertise and substantial leadership abilities. How do the physician leaders of today and tomorrow know how to perform these indispensable expertise when little in the formative portions of a physician’s career prepares them for these types of leadership responsibilities?

Are You Giving Employees Tools They Actually Want to Use?

CLO Magazine

Here are six strategies shaping the CLO role today that successful learning leaders are using to enable their workforce to continuously skill up. . Most companies have pockets of expertise on different topics, but often which employees have specific skills and knowledge is not tracked or captured. This makes it tough to tap this expertise when needed. The CLO role is more complex now than ever.

5 strategies to disrupt the corporate learning and development industry

CLO Magazine

Engaging the body promotes play, creative thinking, mental agility and a deeper level of presence and increased effectiveness in communication. The post 5 strategies to disrupt the corporate learning and development industry appeared first on Chief Learning Officer - CLO Media.

The Future of Learning Careers

CLO Magazine

Elliott Masie is the chairman and CLO of The Masie Center’s Learning Consortium and CEO of The Masie Center, an international think tank focused on learning and workplace productivity. There is an enormous need for expertise in data analytics, curation of learning content, performance and workflow support, and user experience design. The workforce and our world need agile, innovative and business-aligned learning colleagues to face the changing workplace of the future.

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10 New Years Resolutions for Learning and Development Professionals


We’re at an incredibly exciting juncture as a team – we have two successful years behind us and a new CLO at the helm with decades of experience in technology, entrepreneurship AND intrapreneurship. We’ll continue to use our agile, user-centered design approach to build bespoke products and experiences that will equip our workforce with the capabilities and knowledge to maintain a leadership position in digital commerce.” Prepare for the Expertise Economy.