Friday, January 27, 2012

Looking Forward: My New Role at ReactionGrid – Chief Learning Officer

It's been a year since I started working at ReactionGrid, and my initial role with the company was Director of Community Development.

As of this month, I'm very excited to announce that I have been promoted to Chief Learning Officer.

As Chief Learning Officer, I'll be responsible for all aspects of knowledge management at ReactionGrid, both internal and external.  My primary responsibility will be to help ReactionGrid identify, evaluate and effectively use a combination of the right knowledge management tools and best practices.  Educating our customers is also critical, so I'll be focusing a great deal on ways to help our customers learn to successfully use our products and share their strategies for success.  I want to make sure everyone has the necessary knowledge and confidence to succeed at their own goals.

I'll also be helping guide the company in feature prioritization and R&D efforts.  By listening carefully to our customers and the community at large, we can make smarter decisions about how to evolve our virtual world platforms.

Lastly, I'll be working with new clients on large-scale virtual world projects, focusing on grant proposals, project management and plenty of hands-on Jibe development work.  I've been using our Jibe platform for only a few months, but I've quickly learned how to do quite a bit with it.  To be perfectly honest, this fact is less a testimony to my own skills and more an indication of just how simple our Jibe platform is to learn and use effectively.

Taking on this new leadership role brings with it a great deal of new responsibility.  I am now part of the executive team directly responsible for helping ensure the future success of the company.  It means a great deal to me that our CEO and the rest of the management team have the confidence in me to offer me this wonderful opportunity.  Thank you.

I strongly feel that virtual world platforms are poised for broader adoption, providing new opportunities for learning and community development on a global scale.  The team at ReactionGrid is simply the smartest and most driven group of people I've ever worked with in my life (and I've worked with some very smart people in the past).  I consider it a privilege each day to be part of the ReactionGrid team.

And by working hand in hand with our community of innovative colleagues and pioneering customers, we're going to build those virtual world platforms of the future.

Together, we're going to change the world.  I'm confident that we'll do it.

Do or do not.  There is no "try."
-John "Pathfinder" Lester
Chief Learning Officer
ReactionGrid, Inc.


  1. You are a great asset to our team John thanks for sticking with us!

  2. Congrats Path! Great to hear and I'm excited to see future innovations from the RG team as you guys move forward. :)

  3. Any more poised and we shall all fall of the edge :-)
    Jibes aside will you be running office hours on-line with a view towards this community cooperation?

    Perhaps round table events both in-world and on other platforms which would both bring that collaborative feel to reactionGrid ? To my mind this community based collaboration is where other places in the past have fallen at the hurdle.

    Keep us informed here or on the FB page and we wait for further information on above points.

    Julius Sowu "Kwame Oh"

  4. Congraduations!! Well deserved. And you are right - the whole crew there is outstanding. Wishing you all the best!! AgileBill

  5. John, you are a great resource and wonderful to work with, aside from of course being the one who persuaded me to try Jibe!

    I'm excited about the "working on large-scale grant proposal" aspect of your work. More on that privately after the conference!

    "If men do not build, how shall they live?" T. S. Eliot

  6. Congratulations! You are such an inspiration!