Like many buzz words, the term “be strategic” is spoken more often than it is understood. Whether the expectation comes from our internal clients, learning function leadership, or ourselves, we must begin by getting clear on what it really means to be strategic and what it looks like in practice. If our learning function is a key enabler of business success, have we earned the right to say that it is strategic?
To know for sure, we must ask ourselves two questions:
- Have we enabled the running of the business?
- Are we advancing the growth strategy of the business?
Both are important, though often, learning professionals that are very adept at the former (which is more responsive), sometimes struggle with the latter (which is more proactive).
This session will explore both what we need from our business leader, and what we need to bring to the table to be strategic.
- Increase the strategic impact of the learning solutions we provide the business
- Have learning be recognized as an enabler of achieving business outcomes
- Have our role be viewed as a credible partner to our internal clients
Director, Organization Development
John Kelly has more than 25 years of experience in organization development, coaching, training, and strategic business partner transformation for human resources and other staff functions. He has spent the past 20 years as an internal consultant and learning function leader for organizations in the healthcare, manufacturing, and technical fields. He also worked as an external consultant helping a variety of corporations, agencies, and schools collaborate better and more effectively develop their leaders.
Currently, John is the Director of Organization Development at TMEIC and also co-leads the Northwest Chicago Professional Development network. He holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati and well as completing graduate course work at Benedictine University in Chicago. He has experience in change management, culture assessment, HR transformations, coaching, strategic planning, performance consulting, and various other organizational development specialties.
ATD Certification Institute Pre-Approval
ATD Chicagoland Chapter programs are pre-approved by the ATD Certification Institute for continuing education credits towards recertification by Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) and Associate Professional in Talent Development (APTD) credential holders.
SHRM Professional Development Credits Pre‑Approval
ATDChi is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®
This event will grant the attendee 1 PDC from SHRM.
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