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Your Organization Needs a Culture of Experience-Driven Talent Development

Leaders aren't born, they're made. Design your talent development program accordingly.

You’ve likely heard of the 70-20-10 guideline for learning and development, which says that 70% of learning comes from on-the-job experiences and challenges; 20% comes from other people; and 10% comes from courses and formal training. This classic talent development principle emerged from over 30 years of our research, and essentially says that the bulk of a leader’s learning actually happens at work.

That’s why, as important as formal coursework and training are, the most effective talent development programs put experience at the center of the process. Challenging assignments give individuals the opportunity to learn and refine their approach to be more successful in the future.

Experience-driven talent development is when experience — carefully designed and executed — becomes the core driver of learning in the organization. Working and learning are bound together, aligned with the business strategy and shaped by a talent development strategy. The key is to make experience-driven leadership development intentional.

That’s where we come in. We can help ensure your talent development program takes a systemic approach to learning by working with HR leaders to create a leadership architecture that can cascade both formal learning and on-the-job experiences throughout the entire organization. Build a talent development pipeline that’s agile, resilient, and future-ready.

How to Make the Most of a Talent Development Program

When learning from experience is embedded in the culture, the gap between doing the work and developing others shrinks. Learning isn’t added on, and coaching and mentoring aren’t initiatives — they’re what everyone does.

An experience-driven talent development program requires a shift in your organization’s mindset and culture, along with changes in strategy, process, and roles.

Not sure where to start? Our experts can help you pinpoint the critical leadership competencies needed to achieve success in your organization’s unique culture — and show you how to ensure your talent development initiatives unlock the power of experience to make it happen.

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Get More From Your Talent Development Initiatives

Whether you’re looking to support top talent, increase self-awareness, strengthen fundamental leadership skills, or create a stronger organizational culture, we have a talent development solution that will help you get you the results you need. Our holistic approach means we look at your organization’s unique context, and then we help you unlock the power of learning from experience as you develop leaders at all levels.

Whether you’re looking for a customized, top-to-bottom solution tailored to uplift and transform your entire organization, or scalable talent development programs designed to build your leadership pipeline, we offer a variety of human-centered, research-backed talent development solutions for every budget, available both virtually and in-person.

Talent Development Programs: Choose the Solution That’s Right for You

Executive leadership coaching is a key tool in the talent development arsenal. It creates self-awareness, helps drive lasting transformational change, and provides critical challenge and support.

Our customized talent development programs for executives are tailored to your succession planning and executive development needs, from a selection of executive assessments to executive up-leveling experiences that can be interwoven into the executive coaching program.

  • Access to 700+ of the world’s top executive coaches for highly personalized talent development

We can partner with you to help you make investments in talent development that give you the greatest possible return on investment.

With a combination of leadership analytics, talent diagnostics, 360 assessments, and other instruments, we can do a deep dive into your leaders, your culture, your business priorities, and your employee engagement levels to help inform your investments in talent development and make sure you secure your organization’s future and retain your top leaders.

Our highly personalized leadership programs can all be customized to develop the leadership competencies most needed for your organization’s unique context and culture.

The conversations your people have every day — at every level of the organization — are one of the biggest mirrors of your organization’s culture and have a direct effect on your employee engagement, feedback, and talent development processes.

Better Conversations Every Day™ is a leadership program that helps you scale a coaching culture across the enterprise by enabling your people to hold coaching conversations and cascade a lasting organizational culture change.

  • Teaches practical communication skills that benefit every person in your organization
  • Multiple modalities make scaling the learning easy and accessible
No matter the role or industry, the same core leadership skills are important for every leader, at every level. We call them the Fundamental 4: self-awareness, learning agility, influence, and communication. Our time-tested Lead 4 Success® program shows leaders how to adapt these skills to their own leadership contexts. Build this fundamental leadership skills training into your organization’s talent development program and upskill large cohorts of leaders at once.
  • Available live online, through licensing, or as part of a larger custom talent development initiative
  • Flexible, scalable, and easy to lead in-house

What Our Clients Are Saying

At CCL, we measure success by lives touched and impact made. That’s why the organizations we work with and the leaders we empower consistently tell us the same thing: their experience with us isn’t just a game-changer, it’s a life-changer. We have helped align talent development with business strategy to drive real results for organizations around the world. But don’t just take our word for it — take theirs.

“We put leadership quite high on the agenda. We need people that have the capacity not only to organize a business, but also people who are able to create adherence to a strategy and culture, who create enthusiasm to empower people and who, at the same time, are available if people need help.”

Bart De Smet
Chairman and Former CEO
Ageas

Multinational Enterprise Achieves Leadership Alignment on Business Strategy

“The idea of looking at talent across the system was still foreign. The instinct at the local level was to develop talent — and then protect it. It was clear that to implement succession planning in a meaningful way, we needed to change our vision. We had no way to create meaning around systemwide succession planning when our culture was in many ways locally focused.”

Jon Abeles
Senior VP of Talent Management and Diversity
Mercy Health

Health System Creates Academy to Change Culture & Strengthen Leadership

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