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Skillsoft expands its relationship with MIT in the second quarter to include more Expert Insights videos featuring key thought leaders from MIT among others

September 15, 2020 | by Shannon Luttge

Skillsoft Expert Insights and Leadership Insights courses deliver short, highly actionable videos from toay’s most acclaimed experts, to enable learners at all levels of an organization to improve their effectiveness. Expert Insights videos are leveraged by the Skillsoft learner audience, which exceeds 1.25 million executives and professionals in Fortune 1000 companies and smaller organizations across the globe.

In the second quarter of 2020, Skillsoft added 79 new Expert Insights videos into Skillsoft’s learning experience platform, Percipio:

  • John Baldoni, a highly sought-after executive coach and leadership educator and author of over 10 books including his latest work, GRACE: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us, shares that Grace is the ability to remain calm in times of crisis or unexpected difficulty. Graceful leaders are humble and aware of their own shortcomings, which in turn makes them more admirable to others.
  • Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and the author of Why Good People Can't Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It, argues that by avoiding performance feedback, or storing it all up for an end-of-year review, managers allow for development of misconceptions about a subordinate’s performance. Instead, providing frequent feedback helps people learn and improve on an ongoing basis, and takes the pressure off end-of-year reviews; everyone already knows where they stand.
  • Stephanie Woerner, a Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research, studies how companies manage organizational change caused by the digitization of the economy. Woerner shares her knowledge of business models in the digital era. Woerner argues that companies are transforming on two dimensions: changing how well they know their customers and moving from value chains to more complex digital ecosystems.
  • Shawn Ellis, a leading authority on cultivating resilience as a path to higher performance in today’s increasingly complex business conditions and author of Unstoppable, asks leaders to focus on the desired outcome and offers that you must be flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstances across work and life.
  • Natalie Nixon, a creativity strategist and author of The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation and Intuition at Work, presents a framework for creativity in leadership using three Is: inquiry, improvisation, and intuition. Many leaders have a high creativity quotient. What does creativity look like in leadership? Discover how the “three Is” creativity framework applies to leaders. Leaders need to cultivate and model adaptive behavior, not rigid playbooks.
  • Michelle Tillis Lederman, a people expert who inspires organization and individuals to build real relationships and author of four books including The Connector’s Advantage: 7 Mindsets to Grown Your Influence and Impact, shares that a connected culture generates an impact at every level of the organization, from retention to productivity, to engagement, and especially to the bottom line. Companies with engaged employees significantly outperform those without them; when people are the priority, everybody wins.

Here is my curated playlist featuring these newly added speakers:

  • Career Victor: Managing up with Your Boss by Mary Abbajay
  • Grace: Leading with Generosity, Respect, Action, Compassion, and Energy by John Baldoni
  • Managing Performance and Making it Work for Your Organization by Peter Cappelli
  • Feedback: Moving from Fear to Courage by Maggie Craddock
  • How Asking Questions is Key to Making Something Better by Hal Gregersen
  • What is Quality Data, and What Makes Data Fit for Purpose? by Tom Redman
  • Business Models for the Digital Era by Stephanie Woerner
  • The F Word: From Focus to Flexibility by Shawn Ellis
  • The Three I’s: Creativity in Leadership by Natalie Nixon
  • The Importance of Building a Connected Culture by Michelle Tillis Lederman
  • Embracing Change: Building Momentum for Change by Greg Satell
  • Mix the Ingredients: Harnessing Cognitive Friction by Shane Snow

Grow, develop and learn something new today!

Expert Insights videos are included in our Skillsoft Leadership Development Program (SLDP) powered by MIT SMR (shown as Leadership Insights), Digital Transformation Collection, and Business Skills Collection. Experience them on Percipio!

Shannon Luttge is Senior Manager of Leadership Content at Skillsoft.