Learnnovators, a leading e-learning solutions company in India, has Dan Pontefract, who is considered an expert in organizational development through employee engagement, as the guest in their latest edition of “Crystal Balling with Learnnovators” – a thought-provoking interview series that attempts to gaze into the future of learning.
In this exclusive interview with Learnnovators, Dan Pontefract shares his experiences and insights on the new style of organizational structure needed for today’s organizations. He elaborates on the significance of organizational culture in ensuring employee engagement, and the leadership’s role in fuelling the growth and innovation (and survival) of the organization. His advice to learning professionals for creating opportunities by building a ‘Pervasive Learning’ model for their organizations is invaluable. Dan’s foresights on the role of innovation in learning are truly thought provoking.
According to Ravi Pratap Singh, Co-Founder of Learnnovators, “We are greatly honoured to have Dan Pontefract as our guest in our interview series today. This interview will help the learning community benefit from the valuable insights that Dan shares about ‘employee engagement’ and ‘organizational development’ through effective ‘collaborative learning’.”
‘Dan Pontefract – Crystal-Balling with Learnnovators’ is available HERE.
About Dan Pontefract
Dan is author of “Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization” and is currently at work on the follow-up book. He is Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office; a future-of-work consulting group that helps organizations enhance corporate culture, leadership, learning, work styles & collaboration practices.
Previously, as Head of Learning & Collaboration at TELUS, Dan was responsible for the overarching learning, collaboration & leadership development strategy for the company. Dan championed the introduction of the TELUS Leadership Philosophy (TLP), an open and collaborative-based leadership framework for all 40,000+ TELUS team members. In parallel to these actions, he drove a philosophical and cultural shift in the way TELUS views and experiences learning called “Learning 2.0”; the shift to a social, informal and formal learning and collaboration model bringing TELUS to the forefront of connected learning and leading. He further championed the use and deployment of collaborative technologies to complement both the learning and leadership frameworks. Between 2008 and 2014, employee engagement at TELUS soared from 53% to 85%.
Dan is a passionate leader in the leadership & social collaboration technology spaces and is uniquely skilled to ensure an organization can move from traditional cultures to healthier ways of working.
His career is interwoven with both corporate and academic experience, coupled with an MBA, B.Ed and multiple industry certifications and accreditations. Dan is also a renowned speaker and has been invited to deliver over 100 external keynotes and presentations since 2009, including a TEDx Talk. In 2012 he appeared on the front cover of T+D Magazine and Chief Learning Officer Magazine. His book, FLAT ARMY has been reviewed in both Forbes and The Globe and Mail and sat on the Amazon.com best sellers list in leadership.
In 2010, Dan was acknowledged by CLO as a ‘Vanguard Award’ winner and is a 2-time winner by the Corporate University Best in Class Awards of the ‘Leader of the Year’ in both 2010 and 2011. In 2012, SkillSoft awarded Dan the ‘Learning Leader of the Year’ for his work at TELUS and CLO Magazine bestowed the ‘Learning in Practice Innovation Award’ as well. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Brandon-Hall ‘Gold Award in Strategy & Governance’. In 2014, his team became a 9-time winner of the prestigious ‘ATD BEST’ award. In 2013 and 2014, TELUS also placed in the top ten of the Learning! 100 Awards.
He was recruited into TELUS in Q4 of 2008, previously holding senior positions with SAP, Business Objects, Crystal Decisions and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
Talk to him about Manchester United, cycling, his wife Denise or their three young children (Claire, Cole and Cate) and you won’t be able to shut him up. He’s an educator at heart.
You can reach Dan on Twitter (@dpontefract) or via his personal site at http://www.danpontefract.com
Learnnovators, headquartered in Chennai (India), specializes in the design and development of innovative and effective learning solutions for the workplace. Since its inception in 2003 (as C2 Workshop), it has successfully delivered and deployed over 6500 hours of learning content for a wide range of domains including Advertising, Automotive, Banking, Defence, Education, Engineering, Glass Technology, Healthcare, Hospitality, HR Services, Insurance, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Nuclear Energy, Oil and Gas, Retail, Safety, Soft Skills and Telecom.
Learnnovators helps clients address skill and performance gaps in their workforce by creating customised learning solutions that are aligned with their business goals. Whether it is choosing the best mode of learning techniques tailored to organizational objectives, or creating customized content, or designing interactive modules with the help of games or simulations, Learnnovators has implemented innumerable programs to the satisfaction of a clientele spread across South Asia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and North America. These solutions have been deployed on a variety of contexts and devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, interactive white boards, interactive kiosks, etc.
Learnnovators’ core competencies are in the areas of Custom E-Learning, Rapid E-Learning, Mobile Learning, Gamified Learning, Blended Learning, and Localization. It also offers its own learning platform, Learnosphere.