HCMx Radio: Transforming Learning Programs to Drive Business Results

What do you do when the old way of delivering training is not yielding the results that you hope to accomplish?  You need to think differently, be creative and innovative.

JPEG-1400-Pixel-HCMx-LogoBrandon Hall Group’s 2015 Training Study shows that high-performing companies experienced far greater results by offering multiple learning modalities. But most companies still struggle with shifting from traditional training to new delivery methods and determining the right blend of offerings.

It is enlightening to see companies like Edwards Lifesciences, a global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring industry, embark upon the journey for change. In our recent episode of HCMx Radio Show, we discussed with our guest, Michelle Vielledent, director of sales effectiveness, the unique approaches Edwards created to develop and empower their sales team. Edwards shifted to new, more collaborative learning methods to drive greater business results. Edwards Lifesciences won a Silver award in the 2015 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards, and as you listen to our show you will learn why they won and how they were able overcome obstacles to achieve great success.  To view the award-winning case study.

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Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company’s growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company’s global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike’s tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.