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Digital HR Leaders with David Green

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In this series, David Green will be speaking to a range of senior HR leaders who are pushing a data-driven and digital HR agenda. There is an increasing need for HR professionals to become more digitally and numerically literate – to acquire the skills necessary to process, produce and leverage digi… read more


44. How Novartis Promotes Learning Curiosity to Drive Business Value (Interview with Simon Brown)

In this episode of the podcast my guest is Simon Brown, Chief Learning  Officer at Novartis, a company that is really setting the pace around  the whole learning and skills agenda. Simon believes that curiosity is  the greatest driver of value in the digital age and as well as being  co-author of a fascinating new book, The Curious Advantage, Simon and  his team have instigated curiosity month at Novartis, an integrated  learning experience of 170 events throughout September featuring  internal and external speakers.

In our conversation, which took place just before the start of curiosity month, Simon and I discuss:

  • The increasing importance of curiosity, it's intrinsic link to learning and the 7C’s of curiosity model that Simon and his co-authors outline in their book
  • How curiosity is nurtured in practice at Novartis and the business value it provides
  • How Novartis is embedding analytics into learning and measuring skills
  • The impact of learning on performance, retention and mobility at Novartis
  • The role of L&D in 2030 and whether the Chief Learning Officer will report directly into the CEO

This episode is a must listen to anyone interested or involved in learning skills and culture development. So that is Business Leaders, CHROs, Chief Learning Officers and anyone in a People Analytics, Workforce Planning, Learning or HR Business Partner role.

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