Susan Cullen, President
The age-old nature vs. nurture debate: Are leaders born or made?
It’s one thing to be an individual contributor, but it is quite another to lead a team. In the same vein, a recent Gallup survey reveals that 60 percent of employees think managers need managerial training, and 56 percent believe that managers are promoted prematurely. For leaders to be successful, it is essential that they develop key skills that will help them to confidently lead and create a productive workforce. “Our unique strength lies in providing leadership programs that create long-lasting results for our clients. Our programs make a real difference,” says Susan Cullen, President of NexaLearning. Susan is among the top one percent of Wiley Workforce Learning Consultants, worldwide, who are recognized as diamond award-winning partners.
NexaLearning has been providing proven leadership development programs that develop managers into leaders for over 25 years globally. With an emphasis on blended learning and a highly customized course content, the company offers a variety of leadership programs through traditional classrooms and virtual training sessions. Today, when a majority of corporate training buyers prefer a virtual alternative for in-person training, NexaLearning, an early adopter of live virtual learning, offers learning programs that are highly interactive and engaging.
NexaLearning’s unique positioning in leadership development is the year’s worth of ongoing reinforcement resources they provide to ensure that all their learning programs have a long-term impact. “We believe learning is a process and not an event,” states Susan.
For example, for their most popular leadership course called Foundations of Leadership, NexaLearning offers reinforcement resources after 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, six months, and one year of the course.
Typically, after 30 days of class, participants are reinforced with a progress review survey, followed by a live online webinar and a First Reinforcement Tips Newsletter that provides key reminders of topics addressed in class.
Our unique strength is providing leadership programs that create long-lasting results
Subsequently, 60 days after class, each participant is provided with a 20-minute eLearning course called ‘Reinforcing Your Understanding of Styles.’ “This interactive, challenging program provides a review of personality styles and provides practice exercises to adapt one’s leadership approach to best lead and develop each employee based on their style,” explains Susan. After 90 days of class, participants are encouraged to have a checklist to remind themselves on what they would aspire to do after 90 days. Six months later, a second live virtual reinforcement webinar is held to discuss key insights and ascertain how well the participants have applied the learning.
“Our programs create long-lasting results because of our reinforcement resources,” points out Susan. An independent study found that 80 percent of participants were skillfully implementing what they have learned from the program even after 12-18 months. Data collected from NexaLearning’s clients indicate that their leadership skills have improved by over 50 percent, after six months of attending the training.
Highlighting the exemplary value proposition of NexaLearning’s leadership training programs is the success story of Energy Transfer Partners, a company engaged in natural gas and propane pipeline transport. Ninety-three percent of their more than 1500 leaders who participated in the Foundations of Leadership program have rated it as incredibly engaging and interactive. They found it superior to other leadership training programs available in the market. “One of the biggest benefits we’ve seen is that this course has provided a common denominator in terms of what is expected of leaders in our organization,” says Jamie Thompson, Director of Organizational Development at Energy Transfer.
As NexaLearning continues to change the leadership game for their vast clientele, they intend to provide high-quality in-house programs and expand public class offerings in virtual and classroom training around the country.