Learning to Succeed

Rethinking Corporate Education in a World of Unrelenting Change

 Learning to Succeed

Author: Jason Wingard
Pub Date: May 2015
Print Edition: $29.95
Print ISBN: 9780814434130
Page Count: 240
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814434147

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PREFACE

Learning to Succeed explores the specific intersection

among and interdependence of corporate strategy,

operational planning, and human capital development.

Now, more than at any other point in history, learning

is critical for fiscal survival and is the core catalyst for

competitive advantage in the dynamic global marketplace.

My motivation for writing on this topic stems from my

career, which includes cross-sector and cross-industry experiences

that all focused on people as an organization's

most significant asset for excellence, change, growth, and

sustainability. My executive roles in higher education,

management consulting, corporations, start-ups, notfor-

profits, and governing boards exposed me to a myriad

of contexts that illustrated both success and failure and

provided a breadth and depth of experience that focused

especially on maximizing performance and succeeding

through the power of learning.

In addition to my professional experiences and active

participation as a session instructor/facilitator, executive

coach, and P&L manager, I conducted research for this

book specifically over the last four years--the period im-

mediately following the global financial crisis. Data was

cumulatively sourced through:

* Interviews and focus groups with more than 250 global

CEOs, CLOs and other C-Suite executives.

* Surveys and questionnaires from over 400 global division

heads and business unit managers from large and

small companies.

* Personal observations of over 500 board and strategic

planning meetings, learning and development sessions,

and active work environments featuring more than

5000 managers and employees.

* Discussions with dozens of academics and thought

leaders both to solicit additional insight as well as to

validate and collectively analyze data.

The themes that emerged from the data helped set the theoretical

construct and provide the framework, tools, and

recommendations for implementation of a Continuous

Integration of Learning and Strategy (CILS) model.

Throughout the book, a series of vignettes and case

studies are used to demonstrate key points and illustrate

the application of strategic approaches. In most cases,

pseudonyms are used to disguise the identity of, and protect,

featured individuals, organizations, and situations.

The vignettes, however, represent actual episodes that have

taken place in organizations around the world. In addition,

actual cases and interviews are also profiled and labeled

with the affiliated executive and organization.

In my current role as Chief Learning Officer of Goldman

Sachs, I work with senior leadership and managers

across the firm to develop and enhance innovative learning

initiatives that are aligned with strategic priorities and

position the organization for best-in-class product innovation,

precision execution, and client service. As with

other organizations, Goldman Sachs will consider the best

practice recommendations in this book and apply them,

as appropriate based, on circumstances and unique needs.

Ultimately, the objective for all organizations is to leverage

the benchmarked practices to create customized strategies

that result in success.

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