Cecil JohnsonDirector, Global Leadership Development Innovator at Johnson & Johnson
Cecil is a global talent development thought leader and innovator. His current role is Head, North America Talent Development, where he is responsible for integrating end-to-end talent development and talent management for the region. In his previous role, he was responsible for accelerating the trajectory of high potential future senior leader talent globally.
His career is filled with a set of diverse, meaningful experiences, working in sales, sales leadership, learning, leadership development and enterprise talent development.
He solves current and future talent development challenges for Johnson & Johnson by architecting talent development innovations to help organizations achieve their talent and business goals.
STRATEGY TO INNOVATION TO EXECUTION
To accelerate the organization’s innovation capability and external value proposition, he created a novel talent development approach and partnership with the company’s innovation incubator, global community impact organization and procurement to develop leaders who can shape the future through an enterprise mindset, innovation and boundary spanning leadership.
CHANGING THE WAY PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ORGANIZATION
His graduate work and thesis led him to create a new organizational metaphor: The Organization as a Romantic Partner. This explores and reveals that employees can “fall in love” with companies similar to interpersonal relationships, which connects to the organizational sciences domain of employee-organization relationships. He demonstrates how these dynamics impact organizational culture, culture change, talent development and productivity.
RECOGNIZING THE VALUE OF ADVOCATES AND GIVING BACK
He and his wife co-founded a 501c3 foundation, The Athena Educational Foundation, that provides scholarships to remove boundaries for college-bound students.
Cecil has a MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania; and a BS in Business Management from Hampton University. He is affiliated faculty at University of Pennsylvania, teaching in the Organizational Dynamics Program.
His hobbies include writing, exploring interesting ideas and using metaphor to make connections that empower and move people to transformative action. He is always interested in electronic gadgets.