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About Crystal Kadakia
What is the possibility of different? That is the question Crystal Kadakia has been asking organizations to consider around the world through her keynotes, books, and consulting work. It's a question that encourages us to abandon the traditional approach of "dealing" with change in exchange for embracing that which makes changes different.
With a focus on reframing and operationalizing culture, technology, and generation changes, Crystal steps beyond the traditional future of work conversations to inspire leaders to transform their businesses to thrive in this newly disrupted world.
As an in-person and virtual speaker, Crystal has shared her message around the world for companies such as FedEx, Intel, Indeed, Nobu Hospitality, and Wells Fargo where audience members have considered her performance "one of the most insightful presentations" they have experienced. She has earned several accolades over the years including two-time TEDx speaker, Power 30 Under 30, CLO Learning in Practice, and ATD One to Watch award.
Crystal began her professional career in Chemical Engineering before turning Organizational Change Leader empowering her to provide globally relevant workplace insight. Her unique perspective also represents a melting pot of eastern and western culture with left and right brain thinking.
In addition to her work as a professional speaker, Crystal is an award-winning consultant who has driven transformation in learning and development, diversity and inclusion, innovation, and leadership capability for a diverse range of organizations including General Mills, Southern Company, and Sierra Club. Her best-selling book, The Millennial Myth: Transforming Misunderstanding into Workplace Breakthroughs, offers audiences a way to transform the five biggest stereotypes in the workplace.
Rather than feeling demotivated by change, Crystal sparks large shifts for organizations through inspiring a reimagination of the workplace and discovering what's possible with different changes that are inevitable in today's environment.
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Learning is no longer an activity or luxury that only occurs at specific stages in your life or career. With the digital revolution, learning has become immediate, real-time, and relevant whether you’re young, old, in the workforce, in school, or at home. As a learning and development professional, you’ve likely confronted the digital learning revolution armed with instructional design models from the pre-digital world. But today’s digital universe has a new model to address its wealth of new technologies and a new philosophy of learning experience design: learning cluster design.
Designing for Modern Learning: Beyond ADDIE and SAM offers you and your learners a new way to learn. It describes the fundamental shift that has occurred in the nature of L&D’s role as a result of the digital revolution and introduces a new five-step model: the Owens-Kadakia Learning Cluster Design Model (OK-LCD Model), a new five-step model for training design that meets the needs of modern learning. The model’s five steps or actions are an easy-to-follow mnemonic, CLUSTER:
- Change on-the-job behavior
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- Track transformation of Everyone’s Results.
In each chapter, the authors share stories of business leaders, L&D professionals, and learners who have successfully adopted the OK-LCD Model, detailing how they altered organizational mindsets to meet the needs of modern learners and their organizations. Included are how-to features, tools, tips, and real-life “in practice” sections.
This is an exciting time to be in L&D. It’s time to join the revolution.
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Millennials have been condemned as lazy, entitled, disloyal, and disrespectful and needing constant hand-holding. But Crystal Kadakia—a Millennial herself as well as an organizational development consultant and two-time TEDx speaker—shows that not only are these negative stereotypes dead wrong, but each one conceals a positive workplace practice that forward-looking companies must adopt if they are to endure. She illuminates how the advent of digital technology is the crucial root cause of many Millennial behaviors and offers a guide for what our traditional workplace needs to do to attract, engage, and retain modern talent.