IIC Partners Launches Professional Development and Training Platform

September 12, 2016 – IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has launched the IIC Partners Knowledge Academy. The platform serves to provide IIC Partners members with access to a library of professional development webinars, training and educational resources and collaborative learning tools.

Knowledge Academy serves as an opportunity for members to grow their business through the exploration of a wide array of topics relevant to today’s industry trends and demands. It was created with the intention to capitalize on the wealth of knowledge that IIC Partners holds as an organization and to bring new tools, services and ideas to its membership community on a complimentary basis.

IIC Partners will deliver the information and services via webinar, and the Knowledge Academy module hosts the entire registration and delivery process. Each webinar is recorded and archived to the Knowledge Academy module and available to view and access at any time.

Sharing Best Practices In Real Time

To date, IIC Partners has conducted six webinars since the launch of Knowledge Academy, and plans to continue offering future webinars. The organization views these online learning events as separate from in-person meetings and conferences due to the frequency and nature in which IIC Partners can quickly deliver this information to its members. For this reason, the firm built a separate module function within IICNet, its IIC Partners intranet. All of these webinars are completely free for members to participate in.

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Knowledge Academy hosts several different types of informational webinars. It has held member-to-member webinars, where IIC Partners members discuss and share best practices on a specific industry trend or strategy. It also held informational webinars that range from training sessions for researchers to marketing strategy best practices. Knowledge Academy topics are determined based upon membership feedback and opportunities of growth for its firms.

“IIC Partners Knowledge Academy leverages our global partnership by connecting our firms with resources to enable professional development at all levels of a search organization,” said Christine Hayward, executive director of IIC Partners. “The Knowledge Academy provides access to tools to assist with the challenges and issues faced by executive search firms as they conduct and carry out searches for their clients, as well as focused training topics to assist with professional development.”

Leadership & Development Services Rising Among Top Search Firms

Leadership development and training has clearly become an evolving interest among executive search firms. Hunt Scanlon Media has recently reported on an expanding cadre of recruiting outfits becoming more active in these areas. Here’s a short sampling:

  • And of course late last year Korn Ferry finalized its acquisition of Hay Group for $452 million. Hay Group now includes Korn Ferry’s former Leadership and Talent Consulting segment. Hay Group, founded 72 years ago, is a global leader in people strategy and organizational performance. The acquisition is expected to catapult the combined company into the larger global talent management and people analytics & advisory sector, where a host of billion dollar brands, like HR transformation consultant Capgemini and Ernst & Young (EY) — with 10,000 employee and $1.3 billion in talent-related service revenue emanating from offerings in workplace strategy, culture change management, learning leadership & development (including executive coaching and management & executive assessment), and diversity & inclusion — exist.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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