Sound Bytes: Lifelong learning and leadership development with David Blake

Sound Bytes: Lifelong learning and leadership development with David Blake

In this week’s Sound Byte guest spotlight, prolific thesis-driven investor and entrepreneur David Blake, Co-founder of Degreed and The Future of Work Studios talks with Christine Tao, Co-founder & CEO of Sounding Board about their shared passion and vision for lifelong learning and leadership development, how they met and why David invested in Sounding Board right before the pandemic.

David’s vision through The Future of Work Studios aligns with the Sounding Board belief that the development of leadership skills is one of the most critical challenges companies face, and that the market for scalable leadership coaching is exploding.

According to a recent PWC Annual Global CEO Survey, one of the top threats noted by CEOs was the availability of employees with key skills.  As modern organizations go through disruptive change, there is a dramatically increased need for HR leaders to strategically partner with companies like Sounding Board in order to develop the leadership bench required to grow their organizations. 

The one-to-one conversation with Tao and Blake provides unique insight into not just what can be learned through crisis but also how lifelong learning has a positive impact on leading and navigating the new normal of business.

About Sounding Board

Whether it’s employee churn, recruitment, attrition, retention or just promoting people without leadership experience to leadership positions because of fast growth, these issues can impact the bottom line. Because everyone needs a Sounding Board, our platform scales from individuals new to leadership positions, employee on-boarding, and the development of leadership and strategic skills from mid-level up to the C-level executives.

Our leadership development philosophy, based on adult learning theory, neuropsychology research and 25 years of frontline leadership development, focuses on shifting thinking, mindsets and belief systems to reveal a wealth of new leadership and managerial behaviors. The coaching process of changing thinking and perspectives creates long-lasting behavioral leadership changes that don’t degrade under stress or pressure. Sounding Board enables each individual to develop the foundation for impactful growth and lasting success.

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