Welcome to Skillsoft’s podcast, The Edge, a platform designed to help leaders and learners alike unleash their edge. In this series, host and CMO, Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, sits down with a variety of quests – from customers, to partners, to industry influencers – to engage in candid, thought-provoking conversations on the topic of learning and growth in the workplace.
Big Business for Big Change: Using the Intersection of Technology & Sustainability for Good
Over the past 30 or so years, big capitalism has been perceived as a force of massive destruction and chaos on the planet. But what if we told you that it could actually be used for good? Engaging with billons of people and companies around the planet to participate in reversing climate change can happen, and it must be done using auditable, transparent, trustworthy data ecosystems that are critical to igniting change.
We dive deeper into this topic on this episode of The Edge with Josh Knauer, a social and tech entrepreneur who fundamentally believes that there’s a viable window of time to reverse the climate crisis. All it takes is getting everyone involved. From farmers, to investors, to businesses, and individuals like you who all want to participate in lowering their carbon footprint on the planet. Join in as Josh and host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek discuss how the intersection of technology and sustainability can help companies and individuals contribute to a healthier planet.
Building a Trusted Organization: The Importance of Cybersecurity Learning for All
Creating a strong cybersecurity culture depends on continued investment in education. Whether your organization serves the consumer or other businesses, the vast amounts of data entrusted to your care are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, and the success of your business depends on safeguarding that resource. So, when organizations invest time and effort to stay current with the latest cybersecurity practices, they are also investing in a safer and more trusted work culture.
We dive deeper into this topic on this episode of The Edge with Okey Obudulu, Chief Information Security Officer at Skillsoft. Join in as Okey and host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek discuss how to protect yourself, your company, and your employees from cyberattacks while also serving to build a more trusted organization.
Behind and (Beyond) Prison Walls: The Transformative Power of Learning
In the pursuit of leading inclusively, organizations must be willing to establish learning, development, and job opportunities for underrepresented populations. Incarcerated women is just one of many underrepresented populations rarely discussed, but who deserve a place at the forefront of the conversation surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
We explore this topic deeper in this episode of The Edge with Danna Tongate, the Head of Demand Generation at Televerde. Together, Danna and host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek chat about how a corporate commitment to embracing DEI initiatives and Impact Sourcing can drive quantifiable results—a “win-win” for both employees and the organizations who are willing to hire diverse talent.
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Aligning Your People with Your Purpose to Build a High Performing Organization
The foundation of every business is its people. Every organization has a diverse set of employees with different backgrounds, personalities, beliefs, and behaviors who all contribute to the organization’s success. However, achieving alignment among employees and instilling shared company values can often prove to be challenging.
In the wake of the pandemic, organizations are finding themselves increasingly compelled to establish meaningful connections with their employees, customers, and communities. One powerful way to achieving this connection is by fostering a cohesive team culture from within. In fact, it’s proven that alignment work can help significantly boost employee productivity and engagement, enhance customer ratings, and drive overall profitability.
In this episode of The Edge, host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek is joined by Mark Iorio, a marketing strategist and fearless entrepreneur who is committed to connecting professionals with the tools they need to succeed. Together, they discuss Mark’s innovative approach to helping organizations align their employees with their purpose in order to inspire trust, leadership, and a commitment to building high performing organizations.
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Can Your Organization Do Well and Do the Right Thing?
Organizations around the globe are being challenged to strike a balance between profitability and responsibility, particularly in the context of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) programs. As ESG initiatives gain prominence, these organizations will continue to grapple with the task of defining and operationalizing their commitment to doing “the right thing” while ensuring profitability.
And even though CSR and ESG efforts tend to reflect a company’s values, values and financial success are not mutually exclusive. In fact, values-driven organizations often enjoy greater long-term success by building trust, fostering innovation, and attracting loyal stakeholders.
In this episode of The Edge, Host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek is joined by Layli-Miller Muro, a global consultant and advisor on ESG practices and corporate value. Together, they dive into the differences between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ESG; the value of ESG, particularly to HR leaders; and the best practices for building ESG programs that reflect corporate values and profits.
The Key to Retaining Top Talent: Leadership Engagement
Today’s organizations are under intense pressure to uphold the new “social compact” between employers and employees built on mutual growth. But how can businesses retain top talent to create sustainable workforces? On this episode of The Edge, our host Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek is joined by Adrian Koehler, a leadership engagement expert and founding senior partner at the executive coaching firm, Take New Ground. Adrian shares his expert opinion on the passion and opportunity of becoming a great leader through transformative learning experiences.