Over the past several years, we’ve seen more organizations drive growth by focusing on several key functions within their organizations. Today, companies can’t achieve results without having learning, talent and business performance tightly connected in today’s competitive markets.

This fact has been proven over and over again – but the next question to answer is how are they are related? In a recent Brandon Hall Group survey, top organizational priorities ranged from increasing market share and innovation, to cost-cutting measures. It doesn’t matter if your organization is a publicly owned corporation, government agency, or privately owned business; your challenge is the same — optimize your talent and internal resources to obtain the greatest performance outcomes.

Brandon Hall Group’s recent research on Relationship Centered Learning (available to our member clients at https://membership.brandonhall.com) focused on just that issue – how today’s organizations are enabling talent to work at the highest levels of performance.

To drive peak performance, relationship-centered learning organizations are transforming learning from programs and courses to business tools. Our research shows that 60% of relationship-centered organizations have employees that need to access learning resources more than once a week to accomplish their work, and more than 24% said they needed to access learning on a daily basis.

Whether you are in HR, Learning, Talent or a business leader, you know your ongoing challenge is to catch up with, and hopefully surpass, the changes in the marketplace driven by the global economy. The key to meeting the challenge is driving improved performance and business results through learning linked to organizational goals.

Mike Cooke

Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group Mike Cooke Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Mike Cooke was the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of AC Growth. Mike held leadership and executive positions for the majority of his career, at which he was responsible for steering sales and marketing teams to drive results and profitability. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, and operations in the research, consulting, software and technology industries. Mike has extensive experience in sales, marketing and management having worked for several early high-growth emerging businesses and has implemented technology systems to support various critical sales, finance, marketing and client service functions. He is especially skilled in organizing the sales and service strategy to fully support a company's growth strategy. The concept of growth was an absolute to Mike and a motivator in starting AC Growth, in order to help organizations achieve research driven results. Most recently, Mike was the VP and General Manager of Field Operations at Bersin & Associates, a global analyst and consulting services firm focused on all areas of enterprise learning, talent management and talent acquisition. Tasked with leading the company's global expansion, Mike led all sales operations worldwide. During Mike's tenure, the company has grown into a multi-national firm, conducting business in over 45 countries with over 4,500 multi-national organizations. Mike started his career at MicroVideo Learning Systems in 1992, eventually holding a senior management position and leading all corporate sales before founding Dynamic Minds. Mike was CEO and Co-Founder of Dynamic Minds, a custom developer of software programs, working with clients like Goldman Sachs, Prentice Hall, McGraw Hill and Merrill Lynch. Also, Mike worked for Oddcast, a leading provider of customer experience and marketing solutions, where he held a senior management position leading the company into new markets across various industries. Mike also serves on the Advisory Board for Carbon Solutions America, an independent sustainability consulting and carbon management firm that specializes in the design and implementation of greenhouse reduction and sustainability plans as well as managing the generation of carbon and renewal energy and energy efficiency credits. Mike attended University of Phoenix, studying Business Administration and Finance. He has also completed executive training at the Chicago Graduate School of Business in Chicago, IL.