The defining attributes of the 21st-century economy and Fourth Industrial revolution are innovation, technology, globalization, and a rapid pace of change. Therefore, an organization’s capacity to enhance the capabilities of its workforce and create a culture of continuous learning are vital to remaining competitive. These trends make an effective learning and development (L&D) function more critical than ever. This compendium of articles, from the editor and co-author Dr. Nick van Dam and other L&D professionals at McKinsey & Company, discusses every facet of professional development and training— from ensuring that L&D’s efforts are closely aligned with business strategy to elements of advancing the L&D function, designing learning solutions, deploying digital learning, executing flawlessly, measuring impact, and ensuring good governance. For L&D professionals seeking to hone their organization’s efforts, Elevating Learning & Development: Insights and Practical Guidance from the Field is the ideal resource.
He is an internationally recognized thought leader, adviser, researcher, author, and speaker on learning innovation and leadership development. Nick is a partner, Global Chief Learning Officer (CLO), and Client Adviser at McKinsey. Over the course of his professional career, Nick has served more than 100 clients around the world. He is also a professor at Nyenrode Business Universiteit (The Netherlands), and an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he works with candidates in the executive doctoral program for Chief Learning Officers. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was partner, Global Chief Learning Officer, HR Executive and Director of Human Capital for Deloitte and L&D Consultant and Executive for Siemens.Nick has written articles for various publications and has been quoted by Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Business Week, India Times, Information Week, Management Consulting, CLO Magazine, and TD Magazine. He has authored and coauthored more than 25 books and numerous articles on innovations in learning and leadership development. He is board member of ICEDR the world’s premier network in global talent management, leadership development and strategic change. Additionally, he is a board member of the AACSB and advisory board member of edX, which is a nonprofit founded by Harvard and MIT who bridges the gap between education and employment. Nick has the received the 2012 ‘Lifetime Learning Leadership Award’ for his contributions to innovation and learning from The MASIE Center, an internationally-recognized think tank focused on workforce education and performance Under the patronage of of the European Parliament Federal Ministry of Education & Research, he received the 2013 Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award for ‘shaping the future of organizational learning and leadership development’. He is the founder of the e-Learning for Kids Foundation, which has provided digital lessons for more than 20 million underprivileged elementary school children. Dr. van Dam is a graduate of the Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, Bachelor Degree in Education, Economics and Business Economics, and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He earned his Doctorate in Human Capital Development at Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Breukelen, The Netherlands. .