Talent Development

Metajourn trains and develops talent through coaching, mentoring and sponsorship

If you want a harvest in one year, grow a crop. If you want a harvest in ten years, grow trees. If you want a harvest that will last a lifetime, grow people.

Chinese Proverb

Training and development are often overlooked and undervalued necessities for change. Taking time to build knowledge and skills in the midst of change can be a daunting challenge. However, a lack of organizational capability can have a significant negative affect on an organization’s ability to evolve and improve.

We have unique and extensive expertise in the area of corporate learning. We have ghost-written some of the world’s most widely-used programs and have developed some the most widely-accepted models and concepts. We understand behaviors, skills and competencies and know how to build training that develops measureable capability.

Our clients – no matter how large – are often challenged to meet the development needs of their organizations. We support their efforts by building specialized training, creating proprietary content that integrates with existing curricula, and enhancing existing training with innovative and creative multi-media solutions and interesting activities. We meet our clients where they are, and help them evolve to where they want to be.

We provide:

  • Integrated Training Solutions
  • Experiential Learning
  • Just-in-Time Development
  • Performance Management
  • Targeted Skill Acquisition
  • Accelerated Leadership Development

A good leader is one who can tell another how to reach his or her potential; a great leader is one who can help another discover this potential for him or herself.

Bo Bennett

At its core, coaching in a corporate environment involves the pairing of a skilled and experienced individual with an employee in need of skill development. The goal of coaching is to develop competency and improve job performance. Whether formal or informal, most professionals recognize the value of active coaching.

Strategic Coaches encourage teams and individuals to perform at optimal levels. They devote time to actively developing others. They build trust, offer objective insights, and challenge the thinking of those they coach. They support and encourage employees to make progress toward their goals, while helping them focus on objectives that lead to results.

Our robust coaching system provides the resources, tools and support needed to develop highly-relevant, customized roadmaps for common job roles and/or individuals.

We teach coaches how to:

  • Coach every individual for success, regardless of their position, performance or personality
  • Identify the highest impact areas to coach
  • Establish a coaching rhythm that ensures that every individual receives regular coaching in areas that matter
  • Have clear, direct and impactful coaching conversations that lead to results

Our coaching curriculum is designed to:

  • Align leaders around a shared model for coaching
  • Define the role of the Coach and provide appropriate training, resources and support
  • Create the opportunity for consistency, yet adaptability, in coaching across business functions
  • Hold individuals accountable at all levels
  • Assess and improve overall coaching effectiveness

We offer classroom-based and virtual learning options.

When the right processes, structures and people are in place, mentoring initiatives can transform organizations, and the employees within them.  Mentoring is a powerful tool for developing people and careers. Unlike other professional relationships, mentoring requires effort and vulnerability from both parties. But it can also benefit both parties in significant ways.

According to DiversityInc., 46% more managers in the DiversityInc Top 50 companies participate in mentoring today than five years ago, and 100% now have formal mentoring programs (up from 72% in 2007). Unfortunately, many formal mentoring programs focus on matching mentors with mentees, but fall short when it comes to providing mentors and mentees with the skills and tools they need to be successful.

Our unique and customizable learning approach provides your workforce with the skills needed to build effective mentoring relationships. Our models, systems and processes help you integrate mentoring into your culture, and achieve long-term sustainable results across a broad and diverse audience.

Our solutions are proven to:

  • Help employees find meaning in their work
  • Accelerate the development of key talent
  • Empower diverse populations to effectively manage their careers
  • Increase employee engagement and retention

Modules include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Introduction to Mentoring
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Prioritizing & Delegating
  • Storytelling
  • Personal Branding
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Career Mapping
  • Negotiating
  • Time Management

We offer classroom-based and virtual learning options.

Sponsorship is a much-talked-about, emerging strategy for identifying, developing, and promoting talent. Why? Because studies show that there is no better way to ensure that your organization maintains a competitive advantage than by supporting and developing your most talented people.

Our flexible approach to sponsorship provides the framework for Sponsees to increase visibility, leverage their strengths, and contribute at a higher levels. And provides potential Sponsors with the knowledge and information needed to support talent recruiting and succession planning efforts.

Our Sponsorship program:

  • Empowers key talent to own their career development
  • Offers mechanisms to hold leaders accountable for talent development, yet gives them the power to opt in or out of sponsorships as they see fit
  • Encourages ownership for identification and promotion of talent at the highest levels of the organization
  • Establishes feedback mechanisms to help potential Sponsees position themselves for sponsorship without obligating potential sponsors
  • Promotes employee advocacy with diverse populations
  • Increases retention of high-potentials

For Sponsees:

We believe that – unlike with mentoring – in the sponsorship relationship, the onus for training and development should be placed on the potential Sponsee. C.L.I.M.B. is a six-step process designed to ready potential Sponsees for sponsorship. The course is designed for high-potential professionals who want to increase their visibility, leverage their strengths, and contribute at a higher level.

    The curriculum consists of the following modules:

  • Empowers key talent to own their career development
  • Offers mechanisms to hold leaders accountable for talent development, yet gives them the power to opt in or out of sponsorships as they see fit
  • Introduction to Sponsorship
  • Cultivate Your Network
  • Leverage Your Relationships
  • Increase Your Visibility
  • Manage Your Brand
  • Believe You Can

For Sponsors:

Our four-hour L.I.F.T. course is designed for Leaders. It can be facilitated in-person in its entirety, or can be delivered virtually as an entire course or in discrete, digestible modules. The goal of L.I.F.T. is to educate, engage, and prepare leaders to successfully accomplish one of their most important roles – that of a Talent Leader.

  • Lead by Example
  • Invest in People
  • Fuel Discussion
  • Teach What You Know

We offer classroom-based and virtual learning options.

If you'd like to learn more about talent development, we’d like to hear from you.