Apr 13, 2012 • By

5 questions with Kevin Wilde

Kevin Wilde, General Mills’ Chief Learning Officer, represented the company as we earned first place honors recently at Chief Learning Officer magazine’s 2012 LearningElite awards.

I caught up with Kevin when he was back in the office to learn about the award and our approach to leadership development for the latest segment in our “5 questions” video series.

To me, the fact that we have an employee with the title “chief learning officer” sends a strong message about our culture and commitment to growing great talent.

Much more than a slick title, a chief learning officer is responsible for shaping the company’s strategy for building talented leaders, which includes employee training and development programs, succession planning, organizational effectiveness, as well as major initiatives such as the company’s Great Manager program.

These initiatives have a major impact on the company’s pipeline of talented leaders and, as Kevin shared in the video, are important to invest in year after year for superior long-term business performance.

According to Chief Learning Officer magazine, the LearningElite designation is a “peer-based benchmarking initiative that recognizes excellence using five key L&D performance indicators: learning strategy, learning execution, learning impact, business performance results and leadership commitment.”

In addition to ranking first overall out of 45 organizations, General Mills was honored with an “Editor’s Choice” award for our learning and development program’s impact on the company’s business performance.

The top five ranking companies in the 2012 LearningElite are:

1) General Mills

2) AT&T

3) Defense Acquisition University

4) Accenture

5) McDonald’s Corp.

All of the winners will be featured in the June 2012 issue of Chief Learning Officer magazine.