Pat McLagan is a recognized thought leader on personal and organizational learning and change, with top awards from the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD), the Instructional Systems Association, the Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. She is one of the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development 100 Inspiring Minds for a Century.

She is a leading strategist and designer of learning and performance systems in businesses, agencies and universities in the US and globally, as well as a notable author committed to engaging everyone to create the best in work and life.

Her books include On-the-Level: Performance Communication That Works; The Age of Participation: New Governance for the Workplace and the World; Change Is Everybody’s Business; The Shadow Side of Power: Lessons for Leaders. Plus many journal and magazine articles.

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SMART Learning 4.0: Be Unstoppable in Today’s Fast-Changing Times

Our changing times require a learner revolution — a revolution fueled by the pace of change, exponential increases in knowledge and technology, an increasingly shorter life cycle of work skills and jobs, proliferation of learning resources and tools, and the world’s insatiable appetite for innovation. A revolution possible because we know much more about what our brains and inner selves are truly capable of.

In this talk, Pat invites everyone to imaginatively step into the transformational sphere of learning 4.0. There they will upgrade their self-image, get excited about learning as a treasure-trove of riches available to us all, and commit to levels of lifelong learning, learning with others, and helping others learn that will take them to new levels of self-confidence, performance, and a fulfilled life.

It’s Time to Unleash the SMART Learning Enterprise

History will eventually tell the story, but we teeter today at a tipping point – where the change challenges business faces can’t be tackled within existing assumptions and structures. Virtually everything you do in business must be rethought with this in mind.

In this talk, Pat suggests you take an evolutionary perspective on your organization. See it moving along a maturity curve toward higher and higher capacity – capacity that reaches a brick wall unless you can embed change (learning) agility into every aspect of your culture, your processes, your structures, your interactions. Pat will talk about how to make this happen by bringing learning 4.0 principles into your strategic thinking and your organization design. You’ll learn how to evolve the learning capacity of your business so that it can be truly unstoppable in a world where, by 2020, according to futurist Ray Kurzweil, information will double every 73 days.

Tailored Talk

Invite Pat McLagan to meet with you to explore your interests and needs. She will then tailor a talk about learning and the learning organization for your group and special occasion.

Consulting Services

McLagan has worked with some of the world’s most notable organizations during times of major change and disruption whenlearning, development, and the full range of people systems and practices require rethinking. She has the experience in the trenches and in the boardroom to assist you in developing the elusive “learning organization.” Invite Pat McLagan to work with you:

  • Learning Organization Assessment. Review/evaluate your organization as a learning organization based on a comprehensive assessment of its practices, policies, structures, and processes.
  • Learning Program Design and Evaluation. Identify how to better unleash learners as full and self-managing participants in your existing or planned learning and development programs and resources
  • Performance Management and Development System Design and Integration. Upgrade existing performance management and development processes so that participants play a full, competent, self-managing, responsible role. McLagan’s goal is always to partner with you – creating a synergy of insights and capabilities. In areas where she has deep experience and skills, her goal is always to transfer capability as rapidly as possible.

What Clients Are Saying


The Honorable Sonny Perdue

Governor, State of Georgia, 2002-2010
"Pat McLagan's dynamic leadership and know-how helped us construct, launch and maintain an initiative committed to providing better customer service to our citizens. The success of the Customer Service initiative was a significant part of Georgia's rapid rise in the PEW state grading system from C+ to A- in just 5 years, making us one of the top three best managed States in the Union, and it remains to this day one of the accomplishments of which I am most proud."

John S. Allison Jr.

Chief Human Capital Offer - Defense Intelligence Agency (2005 to 2010)
"When the Defense Intelligence Agency decided to create an integrated Human Capital Organization, I turned to Pat McLagan to help guide the implementation team. In 100 days Pat did the impossible, facilitating and mentoring the leadership team to consensus - minimizing disruptions to existing core functions while creating a more integrated and strategically focused Directorate.."

Lynn C. Hellinger

Former Associate Director for Management and Operations, NIAID, NIH; Vice President and Principal of mPower, Inc.
Pat’s leadership was instrumental in negotiating and facilitating what is clearly the most profound and important collaborative working relationship between the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, key Malian government leaders, and executives of Bamako University. Her keen understanding of the African culture, international business relationships, and US Government politics were instrumental in guiding all parties....This effort was the first of its kind and Pat’s contributions have had a profound impact on NIAID’s ability to conduct and further research capacity globally.

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