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Bersin & Associates Launches Groundbreaking Leadership Development Practice

New Practice Provides Insights, Case Studies, Tools and Best Practices to Address the nearly $11 Billion Leadership Development Market

Oakland, CA – July 14, 2011 – Bersin & Associates, the premier research and consulting firm empowering human resources organizations to drive bottom-line impact, today announced the launch of a first-of-its kind practice to address a top human resources (HR) and talent priority – leadership development, a nearly $11 billion market. 1

The new Leadership Development Practice delivers research-based insights, benchmarking metrics and consulting services to help organizations drive competitive advantage through their investments in leadership development. Covering organizational leadership development, leadership development strategy, succession planning and other key topics, the practice addresses the needs of business leaders, consultants, analysts and product marketers to keep informed of the continually-changing talent process and vendor landscape in these areas.

“Leadership development is one of the human resources areas most highly correlated with organizational success and maturity, yet it remains one of the most confusing,” said Josh Bersin, chief executive officer and president, Bersin & Associates. “To address its complexities and help organizations define new leadership models for today’s challenging global business environment, we are the only research firm to offer the world’s best insights, tools and consulting in one easy-to-use practice.” [See today’s related announcement, “New Bersin & Associates Research Shows that Organizations with High-Impact Leadership Development Strategies Build a Different Breed of Leader and Generate Seven Times Greater Business Impact”]

Bersin & Associates’ research shows that of all training investments, leadership development programs are considered to be among the most valuable. “Companies with great HR organizations understand that their job is not to provide administrative services to the business,” added Barb Arth, Bersin & Associates Senior Analyst for Leadership Development, “but to empower their leaders to run the company.”

The new practice details trends and best practices, and provides a comprehensive, objective database of case studies, solution providers, frameworks, maturity models, and scorecards that have been validated by the hundreds of global companies that have used these resources.

“Bersin & Associates helped us frame an approach to developing and implementing high-impact leadership across our organization,” said Karen Freedman, VP, Enterprise Learning, with one of the world’s largest property insurers. “Bersin’s new Leadership Development Practice will make it even easier to tap the tools and research we need, when we need them, to take our organization to the next level.”

The new practice sorts leadership development in seven categories, including Executive Development, HiPo (High Potential) Development, Leadership Competencies, Leadership Strategy, Leadership Development Evaluation, Leadership Organization & Governance and Leadership Development Solutions. It features:

  • More than 100 research reports, as well as research bulletins, blogs and Ask the Expert forums.
  • Bersin & Associates’ validated and widely-acclaimed high-impact leadership development maturity model, which correlates practices directly to business impact based on statistical data to help members assess and improve their Leadership Development programs.
  • Twenty-three comprehensive case studies, each providing specific examples of how companies have solved leadership development problems.
  • A scorecard, which allows organizations to conduct a self-assessment for leadership development that maps against the maturity model to provide specific recommendations for improvement.
  • The Leadership Development Factbook, the only source of leadership development benchmarking data in the market. It provides guidelines for spending, and the types of technology most appropriate for an organization correlated with its size, maturity level, industry and geography.
  • Consulting services to help companies assess the maturity of their leadership development, review their programs and make specific recommendations for changes including redesign, strategy and the selection of vendors.
  • Profiles of more than 150 companies that offer learning and leadership development solutions

Keyword searches and a powerful filtering tool enables users to narrow searches and critical leadership development data by primary and secondary markets, company sizes vertical industry support, or geographic support and other criteria useful to buyers.

Bersin & Associates research members may supplement the information about solution providers with analyst guidance and advisory services to further assist in vendor selections and technology strategy.

Access to the Bersin & Associates Leadership Development Practice is included in enterprise and divisional research memberships and includes access to analysts via the phone and in-house workshops based on the level of membership. Those interested in learning more about Bersin & Associates and its WhatWorks® membership may email info@bersin.com or call (510) 251-4400.

For media queries, email laura.evenson@bersin.com or call (510) 251-4406

About Bersin & Associates

Bersin & Associates empowers HR and learning organizations to drive bottom-line impact through world-class research and consulting. The company's WhatWorks® membership gives human resources, learning, and talent acquisition professionals the information and tools they need to drive change in their organizations as strategic business partners.

Bersin & Associates members use our insights and tools to benchmark themselves against best practices, design and implement programs across the HR and learning spectrum and select and implement systems. More than 5,000 organizations worldwide, including more than half of the Fortune 100, use Bersin & Associates research and consulting to guide their learning, talent, and human resources strategies.

1 The Corporate Learning Factbook® 2011,Bersin & Associates