Learning isn’t only about gaining knowledge. It’s about imparting it as well. And yes, this is exactly how the role of a Chief Learning Officer has evolved over the years. The role is not just confined to one department now, it has rather scattered itself to cover multiple areas of people development. With virtual learning spreading like wild fire among enterprises worldwide, various verticals have come under the canopy of a Chief Learning Officer.
Here’s a detailed description of the role that they have undertaken to create their undisputable presence over this domain.
As the title suggests, the CCO keeps a keen eye on the capabilities of the workforce. It’s their primary duty to understand the requirement of critical positions in the company. It has been widely noticed that companies who have a CCO to monitor their talent performs better than the companies that rely majorly on the prior skill sets of the employee. Not that skill aren’t important but skill enhancement should be a high priority since diversity on the role is on a high these days with digital training and development coming into the picture.
So, what will happen to a company or a group where there is no one to lead? More often than not a group without a leader inevitably fails to function after a certain period of time. And here comes the role of a CLO into play- one who drives individuals to attain leadership qualities and simultaneously enhance their skill set. Making decision without hesitation, taking calculated risks and succeeding, many more potential traits are inculcated in the workforce with a Chief Leadership Officer.
The art of Communication is the language of leadership. And a change can be initiated only when there is proper communication, which is how people learn about new developments. New innovations – their pros and cons, continuous improvisations and the after steps are all levied over the shoulders of a Chief Change Officer.
The words ‘people’ and ‘technology’ strike an uncanny resemblance. But these both have been aligned so well that it now seems almost complimentary to each other and moving ahead without the both of them isn’t technically possible now. A person has to get accustomed to new technologies to deliver optimum results.
Coming to this one, a Chief Talent Officer role is also donned by a CLO. As a CLO-cum-CTO, they need to understand every minute detail about recruiting, employee engagement, performance evaluation, etc. Bringing the talent at par with the targeted organizational excellence benchmarks and culture is also a part of their responsibilities, which they need to perform as a Chief Talent Officer.
This brings us to the end of this little nugget about CLOs today, and delves deeper into the role of a Chief Learning Officer, who has more diversity today to accept and carry on with his performance keeping all the substitute roles that he/she needs to play.