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Developing the Team and the Workforce

Chelsea Logan

Title

Instructional Designer

Company

Leica Biosystems

Location

Greater San Diego

Education

Master of education, educational and instructional technology (San Diego State University); single subject teaching credential (San Diego State University); bachelor's in English and language arts teacher education (San Diego State University)

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"There's no growth in the comfort zone, and there's no comfort in the growth zone."

Chelsea Logan began her talent development career in 2013 as a training intern. She quickly advanced into a technical course development position. In 2017, Logan moved to Leica Biosystems, a medical devices company, as an instructional designer. While continuing to design learning experiences, she has emerged as a leader. Logan is a key contributor to the company's associate engagement steering committee, coordinates monthly learning and innovation meetings, and has started a book club for her team.

What do you find most rewarding about instructional design?

Creating partnerships with stakeholders. I find that stakeholders brought in as team members rather than as suppliers or consultants to a project get more out of their involvement and contribute substantially more to design and implementation strategies. These relationships not only enable me to create effective learning interventions but also to promote continuous program improvement. I feel so supported from and inspired by my team of stakeholders because we want to create a culture of continuous learning and development.

How do you balance your responsibility for developing Leica's workforce with your passion for developing the team around you?

These two goals align. Having a manager and teammates just as passionate about developing Leica's workforce as me is a privilege. To do our best work, we know we must keep developing ourselves and look at innovative ways to serve our audiences. As a well-rounded team, we combine our diverse experience to vet ideas and bring those that rise to the top to fruition.

What inspired you to start a book club at work, and what types of books does the club read?

When I joined Leica, we had just combined the technical publications and training teams. Starting a book club seemed like a good way for us to get to know each other and our work while building our skills. We read about writing strategies to increase user understanding and easy translation, which influences our design of in-product support for our company's latest offerings.

Where do you see your career in five to 10 years?

I can see my career going in one of two directions: management or independent consulting. In the near term, I plan to expand my repertoire of learning and performance interventions to better serve my audiences in any capacity. I also want to develop my network within the talent development industry and continue to do great work with capable and passionate individuals.

About the Author
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.
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