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Why Hire a Fractional CLO? Strategic Benefits Revealed

Why Hire a Fractional CLO? Strategic Benefits Revealed

In the pursuit of business excellence in a rapidly changing world, a new paradigm is reshaping the way organizations approach learning and development to attract and retain top talent. A Fractional Chief Learning Officer (CLO) is dynamic experienced leader that transforms the landscape of strategic learning and development for companies of all sizes. Imagine gaining access to top-tier expertise precisely when needed, infusing fresh insights, and helping you to strategically align your workforce with business goals and objectives.


What Does a Fractional CLO Do?

The role of a Chief Learning Officer (CLO) is crucial in ensuring that an organization's workforce is prepared to tackle new challenges and seize opportunities. However, not all companies require or can afford a full-time executive in this position. That's where the Fractional CLO comes in, offering a flexible and strategic solution tailored to meet the unique needs of businesses. But what exactly does a Fractional CLO bring to the table in terms of contributions to an organization?

Strategic Development

Fractional CLOs embark on a journey of strategic planning that begins with a comprehensive learning audit. This audit serves as a diagnostic tool, identifying gaps and areas for improvement in current learning and development programs. By zeroing in on specific challenges, organizations can allocate resources more effectively, ensuring that training efforts are targeted and yield tangible results.

Learning & Development

Creating a standardized framework for employee competency is a crucial aspect of the Fractional CLO's role. They develop competency models for various job roles and functions, establishing consistent standards and expectations throughout your organization. This not only streamlines training efforts but also ensures that employees across different departments possess the requisite skills to excel in their respective roles.

Building on these competency models, Fractional CLOs design and develop training programs that are not only informative but also engaging and interactive. Recognizing the importance of employee motivation, they create learning experiences that captivate participants, encouraging active involvement in the learning process. The emphasis is on equipping your employees with practical skills that can be immediately applied in their day-to-day responsibilities.

To enhance the learning experience further, Fractional CLOs implement cutting-edge learning technologies. Whether it's incorporating virtual reality simulations, gamification elements, or other innovative tools, these professionals leverage technology to improve the overall effectiveness of training programs. This commitment to staying at the forefront of learning methodologies ensures that organizations provide a dynamic and relevant learning experience for their employees.

Fractional CLOs don't stop at program creation – they actively evaluate the effectiveness of training initiatives. Through rigorous assessment and feedback mechanisms, they gauge the impact of training on employee performance. This iterative approach allows for continuous improvement, ensuring that training programs evolve in tandem with the changing needs of the organization.

Leadership & Collaboration

Collaboration is a cornerstone of the Fractional CLO's approach. By working closely with the leadership team, these professionals identify business needs and develop training programs that directly address those needs. The result is the creation of high-performing teams that are not only well-equipped with the necessary skills but also aligned with the broader strategic objectives of your organization.

In addition to addressing immediate needs, Fractional CLOs foster a culture of learning and development throughout your organization. They inspire employees to view professional development as a continuous journey, encouraging them to enhance their skills continually. This cultural shift contributes to the overall success of the organization by ensuring that your employees remain adaptable, resilient, and well-prepared for the challenges of the ever-changing business landscape.


The Strategic Benefits of Hiring a Fractional CLO

The game has changed for businesses looking to stay ahead in the learning and development arena. The Fractional CLO is the new MVP offering a blend of expertise, flexibility, and strategic vision without the overhead of a full-time executive. In this section, we'll explore the multitude of strategic benefits that a Fractional CLO brings to the table.

Cost-Effective, Flexible Approach

The traditional model of hiring a full-time Chief Learning Officer may not always align with the dynamic needs of your business. Enter the Fractional CLO – a cost-effective, flexible solution that allows companies to engage strategic learning and development expertise precisely when needed. By opting for fractional leadership, organizations can harness the specialized skills of a CLO without the long-term commitment, optimizing resources and adapting swiftly to changing business requirements.

Fresh Perspective

One of the key advantages of bringing a Fractional CLO on board is the infusion of a fresh perspective into your leadership team. These seasoned professionals are adept at bringing new ideas and insights to the table, rejuvenating your learning and development programs. Their external vantage point allows them to identify areas for improvement, challenge existing norms, and introduce innovative strategies that resonate with the ever-evolving business landscape.

Customizable Services

Fractional CLOs offer a bespoke approach to learning and development services. They tailor their expertise to meet the specific needs of your company, ensuring a customized strategy that aligns with your unique goals and objectives. Continuous improvement is at the core of their services, guaranteeing that training programs remain relevant and effective in the face of evolving industry trends and organizational dynamics.

Improved Employee Performance

Aligning learning and development programs with business goals is critical to driving employee performance. Fractional CLOs work in tandem with your leadership team to create a comprehensive strategic plan for employee development. Through learning audits, they identify gaps in current programs, opportunities to up level your curriculum and design targeted programs to enhance employee skills. The result is improved job performance, reduced costs, and increased efficiency across the organization.

Customer Acquisition and Retention

Beyond internal impact, Fractional CLOs play a pivotal role in enhancing customer satisfaction. By creating specialized programs to attract, onboard, and retain customers, your CLO will contribute to a holistic approach that benefits both employees and clients. The ripple effect of satisfied customers extends beyond mere transactions, fostering long-term relationships and contributing to the overall success of the business.



The Giere Effect: Crafting a Cutting-Edge Educational Strategy for Accounting Prose

When Accounting Prose, a small yet ambitious accounting firm, found itself grappling with the challenges of scaling its operations and maintaining a knowledgeable workforce, we turned to Nancy Giere, a seasoned Fractional CLO. Nancy's reputation for crafting innovative learning solutions preceded her, and she was the beacon of hope for our company which was in dire need of strategic educational guidance. Nancy's expertise helped Accounting Prose develop a long-term education strategy that not only addressed our immediate needs but also paved the way for sustained future success.

  • Identifying the Gaps: Nancy began by conducting a comprehensive audit of Accounting Prose's existing learning and development programs. She quickly identified that while the firm had documented how things were done, we sorely lacked why things were done, leaving our team with an incomplete understanding of how to work with our clients successfully. Nancy’s keen analysis revealed that this gap was a hurdle in providing holistic service to clients and in the professional growth of the staff.

  • Tailoring the Learning Experience: Understanding the unique needs of Accounting Prose, Nancy crafted a custom learning strategy that was both flexible and scalable. She introduced blended learning methods, ensuring accessibility and variety that catered to different learning styles. Nancy's approach acknowledged the busy schedules of the firm's employees, offering them the freedom to engage with the material at their own pace.

  • Fostering a Culture of Continuous Learning: Nancy's vision extended beyond individual training sessions. She worked closely with the leadership team to weave a culture of continuous learning into the fabric of Accounting Prose. This was achieved by establishing regular learning check-ins, creating an open environment for feedback, and recognizing and rewarding educational achievements.

  • Measuring Success and Adjusting Accordingly: A crucial part of Nancy's strategy was the establishment of clear metrics to measure the success of the learning initiatives. She implemented tools to track progress, including employee feedback surveys and performance data analysis. This data-driven approach allowed Accounting Prose to see the tangible benefits of the training and provided insights for Nancy to refine and adjust the strategy as needed.

  • Long-Term Strategic Impact: Fast forward, and the results speak for themselves. Accounting Prose has not only seen an improvement in the confidence and capabilities of their team but also in their bottom line. Clients have reported higher satisfaction levels, and the firm has experienced a noticeable increase in both retention and acquisition of clients.

Nancy’s work with Accounting Prose is a testament to the power of a strategic, flexible, and measurable education strategy. By leveraging Nancy's expertise as a Fractional CLO, Accounting Prose transformed its approach to professional development, setting a new standard for excellence within their industry.



In order to stay ahead of the curve,  organizations need a dynamic approach. Fractional Chief Learning Officers (CLOs) are the catalysts for positive change, offering a flexible and cost-effective solution to meet the evolving needs of businesses. With their strategic planning, ability to shape learning and development initiatives, and commitment to fostering collaboration, Fractional CLOs become integral partners in the pursuit of business success.

As businesses navigate the complexities of the current business climate, the role of Fractional CLOs becomes increasingly indispensable. These highly experienced learning and development professionals bring a fresh perspective, customizable services and contribute to improved employee performance and enhanced customer satisfaction. In a landscape where adaptability is key, organizations embracing Fractional CLOs are poised to thrive in the face of change, armed with a workforce that is not only skilled but also aligned with the strategic vision of the company.



About The Author

Nancy GiereNancy is a proud client of Accounting Prose  and has 30 years of experience in learning and development, including helping Accounting Prose develop and refine their internal, accounting education strategy. Nancy is a seasoned professional who will take your business to the next level without a big financial commitment. As your strategic learning partner, Nancy will work with you to identify your company's learning needs and develop custom solutions that align with your business goals.

Whether you need help with employee or customer training, Nancy Giere has the skills and experience to meet you where you are and take you where you need to go! She'll work closely with you and your team to develop a comprehensive learning strategy to meet your specific needs and deliver measurable results.

If you're ready to take your employee development programs to the next level, contact Nancy Giere today to learn more about how her Fractional CLO services can help your business grow. Her extensive experience ensures you receive the strategic expertise you need to achieve your learning and development goals.


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