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The Complete Guide to Building and Growing a Talent Development Firm

By  Stephen L. Cohen

Position your consultancy for longevity and growth.

"How do I position a talent development business for lasting success?” is a question Stephen L. Cohen fields regularly. In his practice, he hears it posed countless times in countless ways by independent consultants, corporate executives, and training suppliers alike.

Cohen fills The Complete Guide to Building and Growing a Talent Development Firm with answers. And it is why he has organized this guidebook by key milestones for establishing a successful consultancy --one specifically focused on content, delivery, and instruction.

Whether you want to start your own firm or take the next steps to grow, Cohen has been in your shoes. In his 40-year career in talent development, a deep understanding of industry best practices --and their nuances --has guided his many efforts to found, expand, merge, and even sell thriving talent development firms.

Delve into timeless lessons for getting your talent development firm off the ground and start moving your business forward. You'll find sage advice on overcoming barriers to success and tips for handling potential industry disruptions.

Learn to:

  • Execute your business vision and carry it out efficiently and effectively.
  • Win over customers and build repeat business.
  • Pave your way to growth in new and existing markets.

Build a consultancy that survives and thrives the tests of time.


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Stephen L. Cohen

Stephen L. Cohen is founder and principal of the Strategic Leadership Collaborative, a private consulting practice focused on business strategy and leadership development. With more than 40 years of experience in the talent development industry, he has advanced the strategies of corporations around the globe, creating hundreds of groundbreaking consulting engagements for Fortune 500 as well as training supplier companies. He has also demonstrated a proven track record for building equity by growing top- and bottom-line performance for eight consulting enterprises in the education and training industry he has either founded, led, and/or sold. He has served on more than 15 advisory boards in the training and education industry, and has facilitated strategic growth planning projects for numerous others.

Cohen has a master's and a doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Tennessee, a bachelor's in psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and is a certified performance technologist. He has authored and delivered more than 150 refereed articles, chapters, and presentations on a wide spectrum of talent development topics, including leadership and organizational assessment, development, delivery, and evaluation. His latest work is The Complete Guide to Building and Growing a Talent Development Firm (ATD Press).

Book Details

ISBN: 9781562867737

Pages: 256

Publisher: Association for Talent Development

Pub Date: March 2017

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111706

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