Title: Program Analyst; Founder and CEO
Company: U.S. National Park Service; GPS Leadership Solutions
Location: Bladensburg, Maryland
Education: Master's degree in industrial and organizational psychology, University of Baltimore; bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, William Penn University
As the previous program manager for executive education in the U.S. Department of the Interior, Tremble witnessed firsthand the positive impact of talent development. In 2013 he founded GPS Leadership Solutions, an organization dedicated to developing leadership skills in young professionals.
Tremble also works as a program analyst within the Youth Programs Division of the National Park Service. He says he wants to eventually join the Senior Executive Service, an elite group of executives and leaders in federal government, so that he can be in a position to make talent development a greater priority for federal agencies.
What excites you about the talent development profession?
I am a problem solver and I enjoy being in situations where I can influence the outcomes of any given situation. The country, and especially the federal government, may experience a massive leadership drain in the coming years if there is not a conscious effort to develop the leadership skills of younger employees.
Baby Boomers are getting ready to exit the full-time workforce and, due to the small number of Gen Xers in the workplace, Millennials will need to assume leadership positions much earlier in their careers. It's up to talent development professionals to ensure that tomorrow's leaders can effectively perform their roles.
At only 24 years old, I was tasked with creating and managing the executive leadership development program for an entire federal agency. At 26, I was managing three interagency leadership development forums located in two states. But of the many opportunities I've had in my career thus far, I would say my biggest achievement is publishing my Amazon bestselling e-book, The GPS Guide to Success. I learned so much about myself and my profession over the two years it took me to complete the book.
Staying Current in the Field
I'm a big reader. I have many leadership and career development books in my home library. In addition to my personal library, managing the executive leadership development program for a federal agency for four years has allowed me to stay on top of the most current trends in the profession.
I am also a huge networker, and have a fairly large group of friends and colleagues in the leadership and career development field who keep me up-to-date. Lastly, when I am not too busy, a fun way to stay current in the field is by following thought leaders and other professionals on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Advice for New Professionals
The first bit of advice that would have been helpful to me is to remember that the real world is very different from the classroom. During my master's program we were taught ways to conduct research and implement programs. My first real-world project was a huge eye-opener because they did not care about how much time I was taught the process would take or the resources I said I needed. They wanted the project to be completed in half the time with little to no funding.
I was also surprised by the significant role politics play, even in the talent development field. I had to learn very quickly how to create effective programs with limited resources that would still produce the intended outcomes. This required an extensive amount of creativity, relationship building, and the willingness to accept "good" when "perfect" was unattainable.
One of my favorite quotes is by Maya Angelou: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."