Leadership Development

Whirlpool: Innovation and Organizational Learning

Three years ago, Whirlpool Corp. launched a global innovation initiative to differentiate itself from its competitors by delivering unique products and solutions to make customers’ lives easier. This initiative was far from simple sloganeering. The initia

The Strategic Impact of Corporate Learning

In researching this article I asked a number of chief learning officers to react to the assertion, “Learning is a strategic advantage.” Their reactions were consistent; there was a rolling of eyes, mild amusement, but in the end grudging agreement that th

The CLO Pathway

I am enrolled in a new master’s program at Northwestern University. Upon completion, I will receive my degree in learning and organizational change. What type of knowledge, skills and ability are corporations and organizations looking for when hiring chief learning…

OSRAM Sylvania: A Winning Management Training Program

Now the second largest lighting company in the United States, OSRAM SYLVANIA has proved throughout its 102 years in business that it can invent itself repeatedly using technology and redirecting leadership development to attract and retain the most demand

Training/Learning: What Fits Your Company?

Imagine being at the helm of a good-sized sailing yacht. The calm has given way to strong wind gusts, fog and stormy seas. You must rely on the skills of the crew, limited resources, navigation equipment and common sense to safely guide you and your crew

Development as a Retention Tool

In today’s volatile economy, corporations are continually looking for innovative ways to enhance shareholder value and improve bottom-line results. While there have been a variety of strategies implemented to achieve these goals, successful organizations

Ted Hoff: Leading IBM's Education Solutions

IBM is no stranger to the concept of corporate education. In fact, providing workforce development opportunities is part of the technology giant's corporate heritage, a time-tested effort to ensure market leadership through top-notch associates trained an

Deloitte Consulting: Educating a Global Team

As executives with a strong interest in the delivery of learning, you don't have to be told that education is big business. Whether your business is manufacturing or marketing, there are undeniable advantages to leading a well-trained team.

Learning Styles: What's Right for Your Enterprise?

When I was a child, admittedly now a long, long time ago, one of the most favorite games we played in school and in our neighborhood was �Simon Says.� The rules of the game are incredibly simple: Do exactly, but only, what Simon tells you to do. If th

Collaborative Tools for e-Learning

When my colleague Padma Medury and I conducted a survey on collaborative technologies and groupware in 1990, little did we know the degree to which Web-based tools would reshape and elevate this field. We discovered conferencing and collaboration tools fo

Front-Line Managers: Training's Biggest Asset

In my last column, I discussed how every training department should establish itself as an investment, not an expense. Once this perspective is adopted, training programs need to align themselves with the organization’s best resources to guarantee success

Building Leaders and Driving Change

In tough times, the argument goes, leadership development is the first thing to cut. Maybe so for some organizations, but not necessarily for forward-looking companies. From the worst of times comes the best of times, and organizations with hopes of capit

Steelcase: Migrating Employees to New Systems

Ranked number 425 on the Fortune 500 list, and with more than $4 billion in revenue in 2001, Steelcase is the undisputed leader in the global office furniture industry. When faced with a company-wide migration from version 3.1 of SAP to version 4.6, Steel