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The 2008 Learning In Practice Awards

Participation rates for LEAD have exceeded expectations. In the first eight months of its existence, 98 percent of the company’s 500-plus management-level personnel completed level-specific courses within the program. In addition, more than 70 percent have furthered their education via optional training after finishing the courses around required competencies.

Moreover, participants have responded positively to the action-learning component of the program. Codianni cited one team’s work in action-learning workshops around the President’s Challenge: Identify new, innovative ways the company can continue to grow its brand and market share in the future. The team identified benefits that would attract Fortune 1000 businesses and integrated them into the company’s strategy map for 2008. This resulted in significant changes to the future sales direction of the company. It also produced one of the largest sales in its history within the Fortune 1000 category, which nets approximately $1 million per month in revenue.

For these reasons and more, Codianni was recognized with Gold in the Innovation category in this year’s Chief Learning Officer Magazine Learning In Practice Awards.

“I was pretty humbled by it, but more importantly, I was proud for my company,” he said. “Our whole worldwide model is leading innovation. It was consistent with our philosophy. We make sure that everyone isn’t just trained in innovation but really embraces the concept of innovation. We try to go beyond what’s expected.

“The fact that I was recognized as an innovator convinces me that what we have done at Toshiba is the right thing to do. I value the fact that Toshiba empowers me to take risks and allows me to develop programs for our customers (internal and external). Sure we make some mistakes, but we have a tremendous track record of successes due to [leaders] empowering us with decision making to do the right thing.

“The recognition from Chief Learning Officer magazine is an indication that I have been doing the right thing and is a validation of my work. It gives me the added motivation to continue and develop better programs.”


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