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A 5 Minute Overview Of

The Expertise Economy

How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete, and Succeed

About the Authors


Kelly Palmer is on the executive team of Degreed, an education technology company. She was formerly the chief learning officer of LinkedIn and vice president of learning at Yahoo! She also held numerous executive positions at Sun Microsystems. Her articles have featured in Forbes and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) magazine and she is a frequent keynote speaker on the topic. Kelly Palmer is a graduate of Stanford University, Boise State University and San Jose State University.

David Blake is founder and executive chairman of Degreed. He assisted in the launch of New Charter University and EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab. He was part of the founding team of Zinch which was acquired by Chegg in 2011. He also has experience as a management consultant and business advisor. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University.

The Main Idea


To excel today and in the future, you have to make sure your people's skills sync with what the markets value the most. You have to help your people keep transforming themselves into experts in new and emerging fields. Learning agility is now the biggest competitive advantage any company can have.For all its obvious benefits, learning is always complicated and messy. It's not enough just to encourage your employees to keep learning and leave it at that. If you aspire to stay competitive and relevant in the future, then you need to be applying seven principles to boost your organization's learning agility:

Today, there are more tools, content, and technologies than ever before to help your employees become the experts you need. Above all, success requires that you adopt a new mindset when it comes to skilling your talent, your most important asset. It demands that you start thinking of your employees as complex, unique individuals who should be in control of their own learning and careers.
Kelly Palmer and David Blake

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