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Helen Johnston is a learning and capability enthusiast who brings to the table over 15 years of experience as a Learning and Organisational Development professional and Human Resources Advisor.
She has worked as a consultant and in-house practitioner with a range of public and private organisations in New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Her passion is the future of work and how learning can make a difference to the ways in which organisations and individuals can position themselves to be ready for that future. Modern learners are bombarded with information and a new approach is needed to assist people to keep up with the pace of change in our environment.
Helen is adept at collaborating with leaders and their people to understand an organisation’s strategic priorities, working through the associated performance needs, and translating this into learning solutions that have demonstrated impact. She is also experienced in the design of competency frameworks to underpin this work (technical and behavioural).
Helen’s point of difference is that she can bring initiatives together for a team, project or organisation through the use of Design Thinking methodologies. For learning and capability, design thinking is an effective way to understand the problem that needs to be solved, put people at the heart of the end solution, co-design and collaborate, as well as make, test and iterate learning solutions rapidly.
Helen is also a skilled learning designer with the ability to design and develop virtual and instructor-led learning solutions. She is focussed on helping people move through understanding to application and then to making breakthroughs.