Investment on Workforce Development By Paul T

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By Paul T

Purpose: This summary presents an actionable point of view that will result in tangible benefits for those who apply it to make and implement decisions related to investments in Workforce Development.

Process: Workforce Development was the focus of six 45-minute conversations on December 9, 2021. Each conversation used a consistent lens of “Benchmarking” with stimulus from the writings of Peter Drucker and each had a varying perspective with insight inspired by Open Minds. A guest with expertise was invited to be part of the conversation.

The summary created below from post-Forum dialogue between The Path and Georgia LEARNS Now that leveraged our perspectives on the human side and business side of Workforce Development. It is available to those who ask to receive it to be reviewed in private conversations as requested.



Main Topic

Topic Details


Session 1:   

10:00 to 10:45


Why Invest in Workforce Development (2020)

Jerry Sutton

Session 2:   

11:00 to 11:45

Higher Education

What is the Higher Education role? (2016)

DOE LearnAbout Karl Haden

Session 3:   

12:00 to 12:45

Corporate Learning

What is the corporate role? (2015)

AL2 Advisory Council – Stephanie Crowe

Session 4

1:00 to 1:45 


What if the economics do not add up? (2018)

Heather Maxfield

Session 5:     

2:00 to 2:45 


How do we build capacity? (2014

Robert Pittman

Session 6

3:00 to 3:45

The Path

How do we design for the whole solution? (2019)

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Point-of-View: Workforce Development is a shared responsibility between people, businesses, communities, and educational institutions. While competition, differing values, chance, and execution are mitigating factors – a consistent factor is the choices made by the individual based on the “quality of life” they commit to experience.

In the early stages of our lives – these individual choices are strongly controlled by others. As we mature – the influence of others continues to be present, and we learn how to achieve respect for others while respecting our interests. This maturity of the individual is evidenced by their responses to the near-term and long-term outcomes of their decisions.

In recognition of this point-of-view we recommend that Workforce Development Investments:

  1. Emulate those who have achieved successful outcomes related to “quality of life.”
  2. Decide with maturity which outcomes to emulate. (Benchmark)
  3. Leverage individual strengths to successfully emulate another’s outcomes.
  4. Commit with intention to the trade-offs associated with near-term and long-term outcomes.
  5. Sustain the power of humour to accelerate growth when confronted with fear, uncertainty, and doubt.
  6. Adapt to assure inclusivity as a critical component of sustainable outcomes

To benefit by achieving tangible results from your Workforce Development Initiatives you may choose to:

  1. Participate in a Workforce Development Conversation with The Path and Georgia LEARNS Now.
  2. Request an assessment of your current or planned Workforce Development Investments.
  3. Create a Workforce Development Initiative using the tools and methods of The Path and Georgia LEARNS Now.
  4. Engage with The Path and Georgia LEARNS Now to implement a Workforce Development Initiative.

We are committed to work with you to assure the success of your investments in Workforce Development. Our collaboration with you will develop socially responsible citizens and companies by focusing on an individual's ability to grow their skills and apply the tools they need for business success while improving the quality of their life.


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Bob Norton is a long-time Serial Entrepreneur and CEO with four exits that returned over $1 billion to investors. He has trained, coached and advised over 1,000 CEOs since 2002. And is Founder of The CEO Boot Camp™ and Entrepreneurship University™. Mr. Norton works with companies to triple their chances of success in launching new companies and products. And helps established companies scale faster using the six AirTight Management™ systems. And helps companies successfully raise capital.

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