Eolas Newsletter - Information from CARA
Eolas, pronounced "oh-las," is Gaelic for information, knowledge  
May 2012

In This Issue

Growing Business Leaders: Tips to Spring Forward

Leadership development is important to all businesses, but how they achieve and support it varies greatly. Hear from CARA's Executive Director of Strategic Services, Michelle Reid-Powell, as she shares several of the best practices and tips from client companies that are succeeding in delivering best-in-class leadership development. Read more.

Latest News & Events

Join CARA at the 2nd Annual Southeast Wisconsin Learning Leaders Conference

CARA is participating in this multi-track event under the theme, "Set Your Roadmap for Continuous Learning — Delivering CONSISTENT Business Results" on May 24, 2012. Click here to learn more.

Team Spotlight

Meet Tim Devine!

Characterizing his primary job responsibility as "building lasting customer relationships by exceeding overall expectations," Tim Devine is a CARA Account Executive who embodies our culture of high performance and world-class service. We invite you to get to know Tim better. Read about his experiences and why CARA means so much to him. Meet Tim!

Case Study

Custom, Company-wide Leadership Development Initiative for Career Education Corporation

When an educational services company went through a comprehensive restructuring of its upper management team, leadership challenges ensued across the entire organization creating a pressing need for effective management development training. Find out how CARA customized a solution that would save CEC more than $300,000 and earn rave reviews in subsequent survey evaluations. Learn more.

The Blog File

Tips for Putting Your Best Face Forward in the Job Market

Whether you're looking for your first job, or you're a "seasoned" worker, the process for getting a job (writing your resume, packaging your work samples, and then actually interviewing) can be a daunting experience. Times have changed... Read more.


The Leadership Edition

Welcome to CARA's first ever Leadership Edition of Eolas, our newsletter for clients and friends. We are dedicating the lion's share of this issue to leadership, a topic that is always important—particularly in times of change. And our industry and our world are certainly experiencing big change. Technology change. Social change. Economic change. Geopolitical change. Climate change.

Cultivating great leadership is something that many businesses set aside in the darkest days of the recent economic downturn. Now we see a light at the end of the tunnel as organizations struggle to fill today's growing leadership gaps while they simultaneously compete for talent and market share in an expanding, mobile and global marketplace.

In this edition of Eolas, we explore proven ways organizations can enhance their leadership development programs and drive business performance. Our feature article, "Growing Business Leaders: Tips to Spring Forward" examines why companies are recommitting to leadership development and how their strategies will reap returns for the organization. The article also offers several best practices from businesses that are successfully enhancing their programs and expanding their leadership talent pipelines.

This issue also includes a case study in leadership development from our client Career Education Corporation (CEC). Explore how a transformation in management training for CEC also saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars in training costs. You'll also get the chance to meet one of CARA's Account Executives, Tim Devine, and read about upcoming business and community events where you can see CARA in action.

I am also happy to share that this newsletter does not mark the end of our current Leadership Development exploration. Early next month, we will release the findings of our 2012 Leadership Development Pulse Survey, which is already generating buzz. We thank each of you who participated in the survey, and look forward to sharing the knowledge we gained from development leaders across the region.


Jane Ehrenstrom
Co-founder and Senior Vice President
The CARA Group, Inc.


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Training Manager, Technology Training
Jones Lang LaSalle

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