AVP, Learning & Leadership Development
National Basketball Association
When the NBA’s new commissioner (and CEO) took office in 2014, he quickly made clear that a cultural transformation within the league office would be a top priority of his tenure. Previously, the league had grown by excelling at execution; managers achieved results by prioritizing replication over innovation and steadiness over readiness. But this top-down, execution-first culture would not, the commissioner believed, sustain growth within the new, increasingly global sports and media business landscape. The NBA’s global head of learning and leadership development will describe how the learning function acted not just as enabler or promoter, but as a true driver of the evolution toward employer of choice for an engaged workforce embracing innovation, collaboration, and strategic agility.
•Understand the structural and institutional preconditions for the learning function to assume leadership of major change
•Narrow L&D’s focus to prioritize initiatives that most closely align with the objectives of cultural transformation
•Integrate senior executives into leadership development activity to position them as change ambassadors
•Engage intensively with HR leadership to ensure consistency of processes, philosophy, and information flow