Location: New Jersey
Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration, Felician College
Constantine runs LearnHaus, an instructional design company specializing in e-learning and mobile learning. He works with clients in various industries, offering consulting in structural design and strategy—specifically on learning as it relates to performance outcome. As he puts it, LearnHaus takes organizations into "new, uncharted territories."
Constantine also currently serves as past president of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the Association for Talent Development.
What excites you about the talent development profession?
What isn't exciting? There's a lot that's going on right now; there's so much that's changing. Learning is now more global than it ever has been. The needs of organizations are becoming more transparent. Accessibility of learning has become more natural to human behavior because we're understanding all the nuances of the brain and embedded learning solutions within the job, and then getting information that people need right within their working conditions. There's no time like the present.
There are two parts to that whole. One part: I served as president of the Northern New Jersey ATD Chapter in 2015, which is an amazing and challenging experience. I worked with a very talented group of professionals. It really prepared me for the re-creation of LearnHaus—over the past few months, we have been redefining its purpose and what I want it to contribute to the industry, and I really challenged myself with what I wanted out of my career. So, I'm really proud of the results and excited to share that with everyone soon.
3 qualities for success
One of them is knowing that you learn continuously throughout your life—to be able to acquire new knowledge and have a fresh perspective is just tremendous. Along with that comes the ability to focus. We are exposed to many avenues of information and we don't digest any of it because we are transitioning from our mobile device to our tablet or browser tab. And so I think focusing our vision on our ability to see beyond what's right in front of us is really important. The third quality that I pay most attention to is my instincts. They usually never steer you wrong and are the best compass for my uncertainty. A quick fourth: the ability to get a good night's sleep.
Advice for new trainers
Don't settle into one aspect of the profession. Take your time in getting a well-rounded knowledge and awareness of learning. Network with people and listen to what they have to say. It's easy to get caught up in a lot of the trends that we hear every day, but really listening to what actual people are facing is just as important to providing a great learning solution.
The profession's future
The focus will be on business outcomes and organizational readiness, I think. It is extremely possible that what I am doing now may be different in five or 10 years. We will still need to create solutions for the business's goals, but the focus will hopefully be on how the solutions affect business outcomes. It might even be apparent that learning is always delivered in the context of a job. Imagine that.
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