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CO0806.qxd 7/19/06 9:24 AM Page 22 learning solutions CLO Competencies: The Path for Future James J. L'Allier, Ph.D. Fo r many training managers and directors, t h e position of chief learning officer represents a career path. M a n y who currently hold this executive p o s i t i o n are between the ages of 45 and 55 thus, a t t r i t i o n will soon impact the top end of this group. W i t h the continuing need of organizations to think m o r e strategically about how they use and deploy t h e i r human capital assets, e x e c u t i v e - l e v e l learning a p p o i n t m e n t s will continue to grow. T h e confluence o f these factors forms a set of individual needs and organizational forces that will spawn the next g e n e r a t i o n of learning executives. What work experiences and associated broad competencies will this next generation need? That very question was asked in a recent survey by Chief Learning Officer magazine of executives who are members of its Business Intelligence Board. Representing a mixed group, with back- grounds ranging from traditional training and development to general management, all were fairly uniform in their answers. They agreed that the future CLO should have experience in: strategic management, gen- eral management, knowledge management, leadership skills, and learn- ing methods and concepts. August 2006 S t r a t e g i c Management The polled learning executives saw two dimensions in this area: the actu- al implementation of specific general management activities and their I I Chief Learning Officer strategic application the latter being the most critical. For example, it was considered very important for future CLOs to have been involved in enterprise-wide projects such as improving operational performance, changing a culture, managing a high-profile campaign, improving a business process or launching a product the experience side of the equation. Of equal importance was the strategic thought process that followed the implementation of these projects. Were these future CLOs able to see these 22

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Chief Learning Officer - August 2006

Editor's Letter
Table of Contents
Taking the Lead
Best Practices
Learning Solutions
In Practice - U.S. GAO
In Practice - Army National Guard
CLO Profile
In Practice - PerkinElmer
Case Study
Human Capital
In Practice - Countrywide Financial Corp
In Practice - Siebel
Business Intelligence
Advertiser's Index
Editorial Resources
In Conclusion

Chief Learning Officer - August 2006