I believe that learning can and does make a difference in the performance and competitiveness of any individual and organization. I learned and lived this across 20 years of military service (I am a veteran and retired senior Naval Intelligence Officer) and have spent my entire professional career helping organizations and individuals improve their performance in innovative ways.
I’ve specialized in creating sustainable corporate level learning organizations and corporate universities aligned to strategy and driving top line revenue and bottom line efficiencies. I’m especially proud of my role in establishing an award winning corporate university at ManTech International as well as at Cristal Global.
I’m deeply experienced in leveraging technology that supports learning, both formal and informal or social, when and where you need it most – in the moment of need, and utilizing highly graphical multimedia assets as each is worth a thousand words and are essential to learning.
Starting up and growing the corporate learning function involves change and I’ve made developing individual tolerance for change though understanding and working with resistance, and developing individual resilience in self and others a cornerstone of my initiatives. I believe this is vital to creating the learning agility needed for success in our competitive global markets.
I keep the Paradox of Learning Investment in mind however, when architecting the corporate learning strategy. When we think of learning we tend to think classroom. However, we only remember a fraction of what we learn in that formal setting and as a result the return on that investment is low. When we learn informally, socially, and experientially, which is where most of our learning happens, we remember and apply a great deal more and as a result the return on that investment is very high. The paradox here is that our investments in learning programs overwhelmingly go to formal programs and we underinvest in informal programs. I always ensure this dynamic is addressed when formulating the investment strategy.
I’ve worked in global organizations for many years and am culturally fluent in working with offices in the U.K., E.U., MENA, and APAC. As someone who has worked remotely for 5 years I also know what it takes to be successful in both working remotely and managing a distributed workforce.
I believe in data driven decision making, as “what gets measured gets managed”. I’m probably unusual amongst Learning & Development professionals in this regard, in that I have a solid analytical education and professional experiences, which I rely on as I manage my portfolio of projects.
I’m passionate about what I do and I’d be thrilled for an opportunity to talk with you about your mission and needs and my potential fit in helping you meet those.