Learning Imperative: “Corporations Must Evolve”

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Larry Durham, St. Charles Consulting Group’s newest partner, calls it “the learning imperative” – companies must rethink their approach for supporting learning and developing talent or they will find themselves increasingly out of touch with the emerging workforce and at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace.

If companies want to win the talent war and tap into the productivity of the millennial generation, they must evolve.

On January 1, 2014, Larry Durham joined the Leadership Team of St. Charles Consulting Group (St. Charles) – a boutique firm that specializes in delivering learning solutions – and he brought with him a combination of deep experience, fresh insights, and an unwavering commitment to client service. In announcing Durham’s appointment, St. Charles managing partner Phil Davis observed, “Larry renews and extends our ability to help our clients prepare for their future, which is at the heart of what we do. We are thrilled to welcome Larry to our leadership team.”

According to Durham – who recently left his learning leader role with PwC’s highly regarded Human Capital Advisory practice to join the firm – “the St. Charles Group provides a perfect platform for me. Since its founding 12 years ago, it has established itself as an innovative leader in designing and delivering talent development solutions that make a meaningful business difference. That track record aligns directly with my professional experience and commitment to excellence. I look forward to working with St. Charles’ clients to create greater leverage with their learning resources.”

Durham noted that the opportunities for companies to increase the ROI on learning investments are huge. He pointed out, “There is a sad irony in many companies today in that they spend virtually all of their learning dollars on activities that account for less than a quarter of the learning that takes place. This inverse relationship means that most of the learning that occurs within an organization is unsupported.” He asked the rhetorical question, “What company can realistically afford this kind of imbalance over the long-term?”

He continued, “If companies want to win the talent war and tap into the productivity of the millennial generation, they must evolve.” He advocates that there is an important role for “training,” as traditionally defined, “but companies need to go far beyond this to provide for rapid access to information and to foster active collaboration throughout the enterprise.”

Durham will join fellow partner, Laura Oswald, in leading the Learning Solutions practice of St. Charles. “I am extremely excited about the possibilities Larry brings to our company,” Oswald said. “Our clients will benefit greatly from Larry’s experience and thought leadership, and this will carry over to everything we do as a firm.”

Larry Durham Profile

Larry Durham is a visionary in the fields of enterprise learning and talent development. Over the last 20+ years, he has worked with many Fortune 500 companies to co-create innovative talent development solutions that yield measurable business outcomes. In implementation, Larry is highly regarded for his ability to manage complex strategic transformation initiatives. His experience spans many industries, including technology, pharmaceuticals, financial services, telecommunications, media, hotel and leisure, utilities and energy, and retail and consumer. Larry is a recognized thought leader in learning and actively shares his perspectives on talent development and related topics in a variety of professional forums. See more information on Larry’s background and accomplishments: stccg(dot)com(slash)team(slash)larry-durham.

St. Charles Consulting Group Profile

St. Charles Consulting Group was founded in 2002 in St. Charles, Illinois, and currently operates out of 4 locations – Dallas (HQ), St. Charles/Chicago, Phoenix, and Madison, WI. It serves a client base that is broad and diverse with leading solutions in organizational learning, talent development, performance management, human capital services, and process design. Given the pace of change in today’s economic environment and the need for businesses to be in continuous improvement mode, St. Charles helps companies sharpen and maintain their competitive edge. The St. Charles client commitment: Preparing your people for your tomorrow.

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