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Grow Strong Leaders Podcast

Meredith Bell

In the Grow Strong Leaders Podcast, host Meredith Bell interviews business leaders who are committed to their own growth and the development of their people.
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In many organizations, those who supervise individual contributors are often neglected when it comes to development opportunities. Not at WM. Phil Rhodes describes how they are providing a transformative program for all 3,600 of these leaders, which has led to 90%+ retention rate for those who complete the program. You’ll want to take notes to capture all the fantastic strategies Phil shares.

Phil is Head of Learning and Leadership Development at WM, formerly Waste Management, a Fortune 250 company and North America’s largest environmental services company. Phil joined the People Organization at WM in 2021 and led the successful reorganization of WM’s learning organization. This effort supported the design and delivery of more consistent learning and leadership development solutions for the company’s 50,000+ employees.

Phil and his team at WM were just named Bronze Winner of the Learning in Practice Award by Chief Learning Officer for their first-line leaders program.

You’ll discover:

  • The “listening tour” Phil conducted before re-designing WM’s learning organization
  • How the CEO and the leadership team consider “People First” before making decisions that impact employees
  • What WM did to provide a virtual coach to every front-line leader
  • How Cohort Learning is used to support learners and ingrain skills
  • WM’s generous program for educational assistance

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Do you know of a company that’s created 12 powerful mindsets that are used daily by all employees? You do now, because Moderna is that company. And in this powerful interview, the team of April Eldred (VP, Talent Acquisition) and Noah Rabinowitz (VP, Learning & Development) describe with great enthusiasm what the Moderna Mindset looks like in action.

As VP and Global Head of Learning and Development, Noah leads Moderna University, the team responsible for providing world-class learning solutions for all segments of Moderna’s employee population. Noah has almost 25-years of experience in the HR and learning industry.

As VP of Global Talent Acquisition, April has recently been focused on building Moderna’s AI-capabilities in talent acquisition. She has spent more than 20 years creating recruitment teams that are passionate about building diverse talent pipelines and ‘making the match’ in a differentiated way.

You’ll discover:

  • Moderna’s mission statement and the unique culture that’s been created from it
  • A sampling of the 12 Moderna Mindsets and how they’re applied in everyday work situations
  • How April and Noah are using AI in talent acquisition and talent development
  • Why Moderna University is set up to serve those both internal and external to Moderna
  • The kind of data they’re using in their HR decision-making

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What does it take to create leadership training programs that result in real behavior change? Billy Martin has the answer because he’s done this successfully with sales leaders in two global companies—Salesforce and Dassault Systems. He describes all the elements built into their process, including teaching leaders how to ask powerful questions that draw out the native genius of their team members.

Billy is Senior Director of Strategic Programs and Leadership at Medidata Solutions, a Dassault Systems Company. He’s passionate about leading teams of professionals that create programs for onboarding new sales leaders and B2B sales reps around the world. His team builds and delivers various leadership business simulations, training programs, guided coaching activities and skill assessments --- all designed to scale globally across the leadership community.

Billy is the co-author of One Thing: Focus on Sales Leadership: Insight from Top Business Executives on What It Takes to Be a Great Leader. He’s also been a basketball referee since 1978.

You’ll discover:

  • The FLIPD model and what the acronym means
  • How Billy uses simulations to make learning relevant for learners
  • The follow-up components that help leaders ingrain skills
  • What Billy and his team do to help leaders become effective coaches
  • Ways that Bill has grown as a leader over the years

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