Learning to Succeed
Rethinking Corporate Education in a World of Unrelenting Change
Author: Jason Wingard
Pub Date: May 2015
Print Edition: $24.95
Print ISBN: 9780814439944
Page Count: 240
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e-Book ISBN: 9780814434147
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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
* 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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