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Re-inventing Education – One Community College at a Time

I recently was able to work with the leadership of another community college in a retreat to craft the focus of the College’s next strategic plan.

For the second time this month, we used our Community-Centered Strategic Planning Process℠ – a process carefully designed to involve a broad array of internal and community leaders to align community needs with educational priorities – to drive our work. Rooted in AACC’s “Re-Claiming the American Dream” report, the process positions the college as an economic engine of regional growth and stability, not just an education or training provider.

During the session, leaders exchanged thoughts about the skills gaps in key sectors within the region, the need for a more agile and nimble curriculum (that shifts with the dynamic needs of the market), and more rudimentary things – like the need to dramatically… Read more →

Community Colleges as Engines of Regional Prosperity?

Recently I had the privilege of working with a group of leaders from Kankakee Community College (KCC) and the surrounding region, in a planning retreat designed to drive the College’s next four-year strategic plan.  It was rewarding to see a group so engaged and focused – so aligned on the need to make an impact – not just for students, but also for the regional economy.

Kankakee is about an hour southwest of Chicago. In the next few years, the community is projected to see a significant shift in the region’s demographics that has major implications for the education and workforce systems.  Further complicating matters, the community has also witnessed the decline of its historical manufacturing industry – leading to high unemployment (third highest rate in Illinois) and a workforce with low post-secondary attainment rates. Kankakee's place in a new,… Read more →

Don’t just stand there. Find your future!

As part of a recent leadership development initiative, I had the pleasure of assisting with facilitation of what appeared to become a “cultural shift” for one of New York’s premier healthcare service providers.  About 100 senior leaders representing a full range of geriatric, rehabilitative and home health care service divisions participated in the Future Game ®. Together they planned the future of a hypothetical region in the Australian Outback.  How could this possibly shift a culture?  Let’s take a closer look…

In teams of five, these senior executives rolled up their sleeves, kicked off their shoes, and assumed the role of Aussie regional leaders – a mayor, a public works official, leading employers, and the like.  Together they tackled a series of critical decisions to find a future for rural areas suffering a wide range of economic,… Read more →

A New Look for a “New Normal”

Welcome to our new website and new brand! We think this fresh new look helps us focus attention on the distinct challenges of today’s “new normal,” and the critical talent development needs of our world, our nation, our organizations, and even our communities.

Since 1987, we have been focused on one thing – talent. And today, like never before, the development of world-class talent is the key differentiator in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. In many ways, we believe that talent is the new “global currency.”

So, we make it our passion to help our clients with their most important talent investment decisions, whether we are:

Helping leaders in Kentucky define their regional economies, their most promising growth sectors, and the skills gaps they’ll need to address to compete and win globally; or, Helping the Department of… Read more →