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Be Intentional

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Executives often get lost in their all-consuming leadership responsibilities. Pressure from the CEO to show talent development's impact, the need to support our team's learning execution, and the company's desire for greater employee engagement and performance call to learning leaders daily. It's easy to drown in the riptide these forces impose.

As we kick off this new year, I encourage you to take a step back from your daily tasks and the expectations—both real and imagined—that have been affecting your work. Now is a good time to adopt a new approach to your leadership for 2020: one of intentionality and purpose.


Michael Molinaro, chief learning officer at New York Life, and this issue's Spotlight, believes that leadership isn't a role one inhabits but a set of actions.

"People are leaders when they act in a leaderly way," he says. We all understand that leadership is easier when we're having a really good day. For Molinaro, intentionality means encouraging his team to boost the number of really good days employees experience by promoting behaviors based on the company's values.

In this issue's View From the Top, Michelle Braden, vice president of global learning and talent management at WEX, has created an intentional enterprise-wide learning strategy. She distills her seven most important tips to help drive business impact by transforming learning, which results in a robust leadership pipeline, lower attrition, increased employee engagement, and higher performance.

And in Career Hacks, five leaders share their go-to qualities and characteristics for increased executive presence.

CTDO magazine editors and staff also are practicing some intentionality with this new magazine volume. In response to readership feedback and content planning, we have revised some of the feature articles and columns that appear in each issue of CTDO.

We have brought back Hot Topic, a high-level examination of macro-level, global issues that are affecting the world of work. We also swapped a former column, Debate, for a new column, Perspectives, through which we will share several talent development executives' opinions on one burning question. In this issue, we've asked executives for their take on high-potential leadership programs.

Finally, we have revised our publication schedule so that the Winter issue publishes mid-January, rather than in December. We understand the holidays are a busy time of year for many, and we want to ensure you receive this content at a time when you can best process and apply it to your work.


If you or your team is experiencing burnout as you enter this new year, check out Angst Index. You'll find some symptoms and solutions for battling burnout effectively.

As always, I'd love to hear your feedback. What article was your favorite? Which column is most beneficial in helping to inform your role as a talent development executive? Please contact me at any time with your thoughts.

Read more from CTDO magazine: Essential talent development content for C-suite leaders.

About the Author

Ann Parker is Associate Director, Talent Leader Consortiums at ATD. In this role she drives strategy, product development, and content acquisition for ATD’s senior leader and executive audience. She also oversees business development and program management for ATD's senior leader consortiums, CTDO Next and ATD Forum.

Ann began her tenure at ATD in an editorial capacity, primarily writing for TD magazine as Senior Writer/Editor. In this role she had the privilege to talk to many training and development practitioners, hear from a variety of prominent industry thought leaders, and develop a rich understanding of the profession's content. She then became a Senior Content Manager for Senior Leaders & Executives, focusing on content and product development for the talent executive audience, before moving into her current role.

Ann is a native Pennsylvanian where she currently resides, marathoner, avid writer, baker and eater of sweets, wife to an Ironman, and mother of two.

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