Looking Forward: My New Role at ReactionGrid – Chief Learning Officer

It’s been a year since I started working at ReactionGrid, and my initial role with the company was Director of Community Development.

As of this month, I’m very excited to announce that I have been promoted to Chief Learning Officer.

As Chief Learning Officer, I’ll be responsible for all aspects of knowledge management at ReactionGrid, both internal and external.  My primary responsibility will be to help ReactionGrid identify, evaluate and effectively use a combination of the right knowledge management tools and best practices.  Educating our customers is also critical, so I’ll be focusing a great deal on ways to help our customers learn to successfully use our products and share their strategies for success.  I want to make sure everyone has the necessary knowledge and confidence to succeed at their own goals.

I’ll also be helping guide the company in feature prioritization and R&D efforts.  By listening carefully to our customers and the community at large, we can make smarter decisions about how to evolve our virtual world platforms.

Lastly, I’ll be working with new clients on large-scale virtual world projects, focusing on grant proposals, project management and plenty of hands-on Jibe development work.  I’ve been using our Jibe platform for only a few months, but I’ve quickly learned how to do quite a bit with it.  To be perfectly honest, this fact is less a testimony to my own skills and more an indication of just how simple our Jibe platform is to learn and use effectively.

Taking on this new leadership role brings with it a great deal of new responsibility.  I am now part of the executive team directly responsible for helping ensure the future success of the company.  It means a great deal to me that our CEO and the rest of the management team have the confidence in me to offer me this wonderful opportunity.  Thank you.

I strongly feel that virtual world platforms are poised for broader adoption, providing new opportunities for learning and community development on a global scale.  The team at ReactionGrid is simply the smartest and most driven group of people I’ve ever worked with in my life (and I’ve worked with some very smart people in the past).  I consider it a privilege each day to be part of the ReactionGrid team.

And by working hand in hand with our community of innovative colleagues and pioneering customers, we’re going to build those virtual world platforms of the future.

Together, we’re going to change the world.  I’m confident that we’ll do it.

Do or do not.  There is no “try.”

-John “Pathfinder” Lester
Chief Learning Officer
ReactionGrid, Inc.

6 thoughts on “Looking Forward: My New Role at ReactionGrid – Chief Learning Officer

  1. Good luck in your new role. I came across your blog through a Google alert I have set up for the term “Knowledge Management”, a field in which I labored for over a decade for both Boeing and United Technologies, at a place now called Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. The position of Chief Learning Officer is, in my estimation, one of the more important in today’s environment. Looks like you guys (at ReactionGrid) are doing some fascinating and important work. I have experimented with several applications designed for virtual conferencing and find them exciting and useful. Unfortunately, PWR was not interested in spending money on them in the current contracting Space Launch environment.

    • Hi Rick! Thank you for the comment. If you ever want to experiment with virtual conferencing environments again, please let me know. I’d be happy to show you what we’ve got cooking at ReactionGrid and set you up with a free trial.

      • Hi John. Appreciate the quick response. A little over a year and a half ago I accepted an early retirement package from Rocketdyne, where I was leading the effort to use social media inside the firewall (a Sisyphean endeavor, believe me). The cancellation of the Shuttle program, for which we made the Main Engines, as well as the uncertainty of our nation’s direction in launching humans and cargo into space, brought a significant downturn and I decided it was time to move on.

        Since then I’ve been experimenting with helping small, local businesses use SM for marketing. However, last month I decided I wanted to get back into the enterprise world. While I’m not at present doing anything specific, I’m beginning to shake the tree of my connections and believe it won’t be long until I’m back in the game. I will keep you in mind when I am once again immersed in doing what I love. If you care to have a short chat at any time, my Skype ID is rickladd. I’d be happy to just establish the connection. Perhaps LinkedIn might be worthwhile as well. This way we would be able to stay in touch. Let me know if you’re interested in a connection with no specific, current direction. ;0)

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