President's Monthly Message - June 2020

June is a special month when we remember and honor historical dates like D-Day (June 6) and Flag Day (June 14) along with sincere thanks and appreciation, especially to fathers and great/grandfathers (June 21) and all those who served and sacrificed for freedom's cause. We also welcome the summer solstice (June 20), a unique moment in time when the Earth is tilted at its maximum point towards the Sun, giving the Sun its highest position of light in the sky. Symbolically, the summer solstice represents enlightenment to awaken the light within ourselves and others. The simple greeting of Namaste is not only a safe social-distancing practice, but also reminds us to honor the divine light of Providence within others. 

As we are faced once again with significant national attention of injustices within our system of law and order via the senseless death of George Floyd (Minneapolis), we should all self-reflect to process our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in constructive ways and avoid the temptation to be complacent. The social discourse we see in the nation-wide protests, riots, and looting is a loud cry for urgent action.  

Change is needed.  However, what change will make people capable to listen, communicate, and understand diverse perspectives and life experiences deeply rooted in both current and historical injustices?  

What different or additional actions should talent development (TD) professionals be taking personally and professionally to impact effective change within organizational workplaces?  

The core value of social equality is inclusion regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, or sexual orientation. Inclusion means all people are given equal opportunity to achieve their full potential, and it can happen when hearts and minds are willing to be kind, compassionate, and understand the differences. 

Our chapter's vision is to create a Southwest Florida Community that works better, and our mission is to empower talent development professionals to operate at their full potential in developing workplace talent by using the ATD Capability Model. We provide various resources to support, equip, and empower excellence via virtual and in-person events relevant to the needs of TD professionals. 

President's Monthly Message - May 2020

May is a month to give thanks, honor, and appreciation to those who serve sacrificially for the needs of others and to those who defend fearlessly our country for liberty and justice. This month is also filled with recognition of specific careers like teachers, nurses, emergency medical service (EMS) workers, waiters and waitresses, receptionists, and moms – superwomen tirelessly serving in multiple roles to nurture, protect, and encourage loves ones.  Whether it’s appreciation week for teachers (5/4 – 5/8), nurses (5/6 – 5/12), EMS workers (5/17 – 5/23) or a special day of recognition for moms everywhere (5/10), receptionists (5/13), wait staffs (5/21), or military past and present (5/25), the work we each do matters to the people and organizations in which we serve. Let us each do our part to show appreciation and encouragement to others.

Some may be feeling overworked and underappreciated, especially those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking time to recognize and appreciate the work we and others do is healthy and promotes a sense of well-being to be grateful for what we have, and what we can do, wherever we may be.  

I am thankful and appreciative of my fellow Board Members and chapter members who have stepped up to help our chapter adjust from in-person events to engaging virtual sessions. The collaboration has resulted in process improvements and innovative ideas for better member engagement. 

Joanne Cumiskey

Also, my colleagues and I on the Board are thrilled to welcome Joanne Cumiskey as Director-at-Large.  Joanne recently relocated to Southwest Florida from the Detroit area, where she served in similar Board position for the ATD Detroit Chapter. Joanne is also President of Vision Quest Leadership, LLC. She will be filling the vacancy of departing Board Members, Lorna Kibbey and Jennifer Ciesinski.

We, as a Board, are very grateful for the dedicated work of Lorna and Jennifer, who both served in the Director-at-Large position for our chapter and we appreciate their commitment to talent development excellence over their years of service to our Southwest Florida chapter’s vision and mission – thank you both very much!  

As Southwest Florida reopens for business, our chapter is poised to support talent development (TD) professionals for career success in networking and collaboration to help organizations successfully implement change management solutions to address the COVID-19 situation. The focus on educating and equipping work staffs to adjust effectively.  Also, to add value to organizations by improving personal and professional capability via the ATD Capability Model. 

At last month’s featured event, Joanne Cumiskey facilitated engaging discussion on the ATD Capability Model and synthesized new perspectives for personal and professional capabilities in times of crisis, which provides career development opportunities and also transitions nicely into May’s virtual event facilitated by Vern Schellenger

Vern has extensive leadership experience as a TD professional, HR generalist, head of corporate university, and as a career management consultant and coach.  He will present an insightful discussion on networking skills to increase collaboration for career success and how to build your personal brand by creating stories that communicate your expertise. 


President's Monthly Message - April 2020

April is ambiguous and time is of the essence with the COVID-19 global pandemic. Although we remember some of the month’s holidays – April Fool’s (4/1), Passover (4/8), Easter (4/12), and Earth Day (4/22) – we are having to face the human tragedy of Coronavirus realities and its impact, which requires serious action to combat the spread, mitigate effects to healthcare infrastructures and supply chain capacities, and sustain world economies.  

Now is the time for leaders to organize their thinking and responses and make prudent use of time and resources to protect lives and livelihoods, secure systems/technology, and provide benefit to employees, customers, and business partners.  Leaders must be mindful of what is beyond COVID-19 and what that means in getting to the next normal. McKinsey & Company identified five stages (which I will refer to as the 5 Rs) for taking appropriate action and winning the COVID-19 War: Resolve, Resilience, Return, Reimagination, and Reform. I have also included considerations for talent development (TD) leadership actions: 

  1. The Resolve Stage is about addressing immediate problems to the organization’s workforce, customer base, suppliers, and system/technology. For TD leaders, the focus is on changing the deliver mode of in-person training and development sessions/meetings to virtual instructor/facilitator led. Also, to apply cybersecurity practices in the delivery of virtual training/meetings.  
  2. The Resilience Stage is about addressing cash/financial management needs during shutdown times. For TD leaders, the focus is on obtaining or retaining virtual training and development resources to keep the workforce working and learning.
  3. The Return Stage is about creating a plan and being ready to return to business as quickly as possible when COVID-19 situation and economic effects are clearer and less ambiguous. For TD leaders, the focus is on helping the workforce transition back to workplace changes as a result of the COVID-19 situation – educating and equipping to adjust effectively. 
  4. The Reimagination Stage is about reimagining what the next normal will look like and implications on how the organization should redesign business model and processes. For TD leaders here is where innovation and creativity capabilities are applied to help the workforce think creatively and interact collaboratively to adjust and perform. 
  5. The Reform Stage is about staying abreast on how regulatory and competitive business requirements may shift and being ready to apply change management capabilities.  For TD leaders it’s important to be aware of changes to federal, state, and local employment laws and HR issues related to COVID-19 along with implications to training and development activities. Here is where Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the SHRM Southwest Florida Chapter can provide guidance and relevant resources: https://shrmswfl.wildapricot.org/

When it comes to change management, the Association for Talent Development (ATD) addresses capabilities to make change stick via the ATD Capability Model.  At our Southwest Florida Chapter’s March virtual event, Dr. Nancy Zentis addressed how you can up your Change Quotient (CQ) in the context of overcoming resistance to change and sharing resources that can help you be effective at influencing change during turbulent times. In addition, our chapter’s website provides a curated recap of each month’s event and we added resources of recommended webinars and virtual events to support TD professionals: https://atdswfl.org/Recommended-Webinars-&-Virtual-Events

We are in ambiguous times and with opportunity to work together and overcome. Together we win.  Let us each do what we can, with what we have, and where we are at to make positive difference in the fight against COVID-19.  

Enter, BAM! The Power of Integrating ATD’s Capability Model into Models for Business Success.  I am excited to have Joanne Cumiskey, President of Vision Quest Leadership LLC as our featured speaker for April’s TD event!  Joanne will provide insightful discussion on the ATD Capability Model with participant reflection on other talent development models to synthesize new perspectives on how to apply personal, professional, and organizational capabilities to the 5Rs and navigate effectively in times of crisis. 

Together, We Create a Southwest Florida Community that Works better with You! 

President's Monthly Message - March 2020

March is filled with several celebrations. Some of which include International’s Women’s Day (March 8th), Pi Day (March 14th), St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th), and Spring Equinox (19th), each having its own unique theme, and sharing a common theme of time.  Time to progress forward to foster an equal and enabled world that cultivates good fortunes for all. There is a time for everything and now is the time to build capability!

Enter Talent Development to build individual capability for career success and organizational performance to attract and retain capable people, who can get the job done right! Last month Dr. Bill Moskal addressed the triple threat leadership quotient of intelligence, emotional, and decency – that is, IQ + EQ + DQ.   Doing the right thing for employees and colleagues so that everyone feels respected and valued. Trustworthiness is the outcome from the impact of this tripart leadership equation. 

Workplace motion forward should be circular to improve upon what is known by making the necessary adjustments to influence performance – that is, continuous quality improvement. Considering that Pi (π) is constant and the definition of Pi (πis the circumference divided by the diameter of a circle (3.14159265…….), we can analogize change as a constant and define successful change as how well leaders can navigate through the cyclical iterations to evolve organizations and retain their most valuable assets: Their people!  Planning, acting, observing, and reflecting are important activities that move in circular motion to produce a trustworthy organization where people want to work, because they feel respected and valued and are compensated appropriately for the talents they contribute to the organization’s success. 

Today, many organizations are going through digital transformations, using data analytics and integrating artificial intelligence into workplace processes, changing the way jobs are performed, and shifting the composition of the workforce with part-time and contract workers. Change as a constant means staying relevant in the digital age of advancing technology with life-long learning to be capable as a talent development (TD) professional and prudent leader, poised with confidence and wisdom to influence change effectively.

I am excited to have Dr. Nancy Zentis, Founder and CEO of the Institute of Organizational Development as our featured speaker for this month’s TD event!  

Dr. Zentis will provide insightful discussion on how you can up your Change Quotient (CQ) in the context of overcoming resistance to change and sharing resources that can help you be effective at influencing change.  

Join us on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm!

Together, We Create a Southwest Florida Community that Works better with You! 

In the meantime, keep pursuing capability for intentional learning and leading! You can personalize the ATD Capability Model for your needs, as you reflect on your current field of practice for today and tomorrow. Access the model and take your self-assessment:   https://www.td.org/capability-model/access


President's Monthly Message - Feb 2020

February is a special month when we nationally celebrate Black History, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day, each holiday having its own theme of special recognition and in the spirit of love to be all we are capable of being – personally, professionally, organizationally, and as a blessed nation! 

To be capable is to be prudent in work/life success. Successful talent development (TD) professionals understand that leadership and learning go together like bread and butter. For example, formal training is good, but it’s better when it’s spread with opportunity to apply that learning through relevant work experiences and meaningful feedback from mentors, bosses, and co-workers. Becoming capable requires intentional learning that produces confidence to lead and perform successfully. That means you intentionally learn to understand, so that you can prudently apply knowledge and skill in the work you do. As you progress, you also intentionally learn to apply critical thinking to differentiate trends, spot abnormalities, and anticipate problems before they occur to improve processes. Intentional learning is an attribute of prudent leadership to develop personal and professional capabilities, which include ethical considerations to build trust and produce work/life success. 

What I like about the new ATD Capability Model is its holistic application of work/life success for the whole person.  All three domains (personal, professional, and organizational) intersect to form a triple point of performance excellence for the TD professional / leader. Whereas, the individual domains help guide development planning, the triple-point combination can build a sense of complete confidence to lead and perform successfully. It’s kind of like making a great-tasting cake. Each ingredient by itself does not make for a great-tasting cake. But, when you mix all the ingredients together by prudently following the instructions, and allow the process of time to bake, a great-tasting cake can be an outcome of excellence. Likewise, the ATD Capability Model provides us with a recipe for talent development success to be capable, especially when you consider that work/life experiences form 70% of our development via experiential learning – with 20% coming from social learning and 10% from formal learning.

February 2020 is a great month with an extra day (Leap Year) to apply the ATD Capability Model for intentional learning and development! You can personalize the model for your needs, as you reflect on your current field of practice for today and tomorrow. Access the model and take your self-assessment!

Today, many organizations are going through digital transformations, using data analytics and integrating artificial intelligence into workplace processes, changing the way jobs are performed, and shifting the composition of the workforce with part-time and contract workers. Staying relevant in the digital age of advancing technology means ongoing learning to be capable as a TD professional and prudent leader, poised with confidence and wisdom, which also includes ethical considerations.

I am excited to have Dr. William Moskal as our featured speaker for this month’s TD event! Dr. Moskal will provide insightful discussion on understanding your Decency Quotient (DQ) in the context of ethical capability for building trust and promoting integrity for work/life success. Dr. Moskal is a leading authority in the areas of team building, leadership development and executive coaching with more than 35 years of consulting experience enhancing human performance. 

Come join us on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 8:00am – 9:30 am, CareerSource, 6800 Shoppes at Plantation Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33912

To register, click here!

Together, We Create a Southwest Florida Community that Works better with You! 

I look forward to seeing you at CareerSource for the February 26th TD Event!

LauraAnn Migliore, Ph.D.

ATD – Southwest Florida President
Dr.LauraAnn@gmail.com

President's Monthly Message - Jan 2020

Happy 2020!  With a new decade upon us, the ATD Southwest Chapter of Florida is poised and ready for exciting adventures in talent development to empower our members to operate at full potential and create better workplaces in Southwest Florida by using the new ATD Capability Model.


With special thanks and heart-felt gratitude to Past President, Rebecca Ruding for her steadfast leadership, I humbly accept the torch to carry on the tents of talent development for our chapter.  I so appreciate our Board Members and their dedication to serve the needs of our chapter and its members – thank you for all you do!  It is a privilege and honor to work with esteemed  who are highly educated and experienced in talent development and personally committed to professional excellence of the ATD Southwest Florida Chapter. 

  • Together, we have put together a fresh line up of programming and events to develop the whole person (professional, personally, and with impact to their workplace organization). Our chapter’s events provide meaningful networking opportunities aligned to research-based talent development training topics for application in the workplace. Each month our chapter will provide insightful in-person events to expand individual capabilities and excel leadership impact to inspire, equip, and empower participants to transform organizations.  Webinars will also be available to accommodate those who cannot attend the in-person events.  

    Our first in-person event is Wednesday, January 29, 2020  “ATD Capability Model – Let’s Get Growing” 6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport – Town Center.  

    To Register, click here:

    https://atdswfl.org/event-3713611?CalendarViewType=1&SelectedDate=1/23/2020

    I invite all current and aspiring leaders of people, entrepreneurs, and dreamers to come experience the difference in our chapter’s culture of community, trust, and integrity to develop the best talent in Southwest Florida. Our chapter is committed to inspire leadership and learning excellence to attract like-minded talent development professionals. We show up every day with a personal commitment to each other to be the best versions of ourselves and to be a blessing to the people and organizations in which we live and work. 

    Our vision and mission are listed below along with our 2020 goals.  We are focused on connecting and engaging our chapter members via the new ATD Capability Model, optimizing our chapter’s organizational processes, and growing our chapter’s financial capacity (through grants, corporate donations, and advertising initiatives). With increased financial capacity, we will conduct cutting-edge research in education and learning technologies and provide training & development solutions to advance the global profession of talent development. We aspire to be recognized as an ATD Chapter of Excellence. Come join the power of “We”! 

    Vision: We create a Southwest Florida Community that Works Better.

    Mission:  We empower our Chapter’s members to operate at their full potential in developing workplace talent by using the new ATD Capability Model.

    2020 Strategic Objectives/Goals:

  •  We connect and engage our chapter members via the new ATD Capability Model.
  • We optimize our chapter’s organizational processes.
  •  We grow our chapter’s financial capacity (e.g. grants, corporate donations, and advertising initiatives).
  •  We conduct cutting-edge research in education and learning technologies and provide training & development solutions to advance the global profession of talent development. 
  • We are recognized as an ATD Chapter of Excellence. 

LauraAnn Migliore, Ph.D.
ATD – Southwest Florida President
Dr.LauraAnn@gmail.com

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