Talent Development Solutions

What if you could develop, retain, and leverage your talent to achieve your most critical business objectives? Insala's talent development solutions enable you to do just that.

We assist many organizations worldwide to envision, plan, implement, and evaluate talent initiatives that produce real bottom-line results. Our distinguished best-practice consulting approach and online solutions can be adopted separately or in combinations specifically customized to fit your organization's needs. All activities can be easily tracked and measured against your KPIs and objectives to ensure continuing ROI from your development initiatives.

Through our consulting services and SaaS technology, we provide customizable, sustainable, and scalable solutions for:

Success Stories

The Results have been astounding in just over four years: 58,000 employees are users, over 4,362 have taken advantage of one-on-one confidential coaching, 3,000 participated in Group Coaching and over 815 success stories where individuals were retained who would otherwise have left. Insala's superb technological solution and collaborative approach have been absolutely essential in achieving this win-win for our people and our company.

Stan Smith
Director of Employer of Choice / Next Gen Initiatives Deloitte

Insala helped address some of the key challenges we faced at Unilever, which is virtual mentoring, as many of our mentees and mentors are not in the same geographic location. Insala's mentoring consultant, Judy Corner, is a true mentoring specialist and a highly engaging individual.

Katherine Ray
Global Talent Manager Unilever

At BPI, we pride ourselves on our responsiveness to the needs of both existing and potential customers. Insala's fast and reliable customer service and support have enabled us to do just that. When BPI UK were faced with a tight deadline to develop a career center website for a customer, Insala quickly met our needs. The Insala team were able to translate the BPI France website into British English and launch the website in record time. As a result, we were able to deliver our career center services to the customer with timescales that exceeded their expectations.

Diana Westlake
Managing Consultant BPI Group

I worked with Judy Corner of Insala to develop a customized mentoring program for International Paper. Judy provided a degree of confidence to the Chairman's Diversity Council as she presented a pragmatic, visionary, long term perspective on the benefits to be gained from Insala's program. Following the M.O.R.E. workshop, participants were surveyed on session effectiveness and Insala received a 100% favorable rating on the value of the day. I highly recommend Insala and believe they offer a distinct advantage to companies looking to advance their position in the ongoing war for talent.

Cheryl Kern
Principal, Global Diversity and Inclusion
Amway/Alticor

As part of a talent management initiative, United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU), partnered with Insala to provide high potential/high performing staff with a structured vehicle to develop their career goals. From the onset, the Insala team provided exceptional client service, ensuring UNFCU had knowledgeable technical resources at its disposal throughout the implementation of its Career Development portal. Insala's partnership with UNFCU has directly impacted its ability to solidify an effective succession planning program and retain our high potential/high performing talent.

Carlene Alexander
Manager, HR Administration
UNFCU

Insala provided a global online solution which helped align our business strategy with our management needs for the future. With their product, we were able to understand our skill gaps and develop our future leaders with the findings. This solution took one hour for an employee to complete, eliminated drawers of paperwork, and provided upper management instant visibility on our progress.

Rick Huntley
Vice President Human Resources Intertek

ACCA aims to provide our 110,000 members and 260,000 students with direct access to the most exciting and rewarding job opportunities currently available in the world of business and finance. Our online Career Management Resources, available through ACCA Careers, is powered by EmploymentTalk™ and allows our members, students and affiliates to use their time both efficiently and effectively on critical career development activities, while EmploymentTalk™ organizes and plans the route to career success.

Heather Morris
Head of Training Policy and Professional Development ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Our partnership with Insala has allowed us to offer an entirely new service to our job seekers, which helps prepare them for getting their next job. The assessments and career advice tools offered through our site continue to be successful, and the seamless support provided has proven very efficient. Insala consistently responds in a swift fashion whenever we need assistance, and continues to provide us with a very professional service.

Marcy Richardson
Content Manager Monster

This past winter was definitely remarkable. We found that the E-mail Broadcaster function is the easiest and fastest way to reach all our candidates to inform them of any changes in our office hours - including having to close due to inclement weather, delayed openings, or early closure. Additionally, we use this function to promote our seminars and workshops, and the career coaches can reach all of their candidates in one simple email. This tool is a tremendous asset.

Antoinette Murray
Director, Administration & Client Relations The Schegg Group

We first started using EmploymentTalk™ in our practice in 2001, and have stuck with it ever since. What spurred us to stay on was both the professionalism and responsiveness of the Insala team, as well as the regular software upgrades we received, which ensured we had a cutting edge tool at any given time. Today, EmploymentTalk™ enables us to deliver a longer duration of outplacement services and thereby exceed our clients' expectations. As more and more organizations look to provide cost-effective, efficient and high-impact outplacement, we are able to meet their needs.

Len Rishkofski
CEO Snowden

This is a fantastic product that will really help our workforce. The Insala team has done a great job maximizing the application capabilities and tailoring it to help our diverse workforce in transition. They've demonstrated a true partnership in providing us with expert assistance, met our special needs, and done so in a timely and cost effective manner.

Len Martinez
VP of Administration and Chief Financial Officer Kaiser-Hill Company, LLC

Insala has excelled as a global technology partner to our organization. Insala is not only a provider and implementer of superior career management technology, but a constant and reliable source of ideas and best practices in our industry. Having Insala as a strategic partner has enabled our organization to provide superior, seamless career management and transition services to corporate clients worldwide, and has positioned OI Partners as a global leader in the delivery of career transition services.

Joy Reed Belt, Ph.D.
Chairman and Managing Partner OI Partners, Americas

Our candidates are just blown away by the amount of research they get on specific companies and industries. Their ability to get REALLY good information, and MUCH MORE information than they typically could get on their own, and have it presented so quickly and effectively, is very powerful. It gives us a big sales and marketing advantage.

Kathleen Brown
Vice President, Career Transition Services King & Bishop

Insala performed very well in creating our new corporate website. I was really pleased with the design options they offered. In addition, Insala representatives were wonderful to work with, responding quickly to our needs and delivering solutions in a very timely manner.

Dr. Pamela Johnson
President Nia Consulting & Development

Articles

October 09, 2014

Mentors, or Just Nurturers? How Women Are Hurting Themselves and Not Realizing It

Mentors, or Just Nurturers? I once observed a situation in which an individual (we’ll call him “Bob”) asked two of his colleagues for advice on how to solve a problem in a project he was working on. One was male (“George”), and one was female (“Liz”). Bob went to Liz for advice first, and she sugge... More

September 30, 2014

Mentoring for Knowledge Transfer: Bridging Today and Tomorrow

The preservation of institutional knowledge has always been an essential part of any organization’s agenda. You spend too much time developing knowledge and skills to simply let it go every time someone relocates or retires. Today’s workplace is going through some drastic changes that make the sub... More

September 24, 2014

Employee Engagement: A Look at 2014 Research and Data

At this point, no one is arguing that employee engagement is vitally important to organizational success. In fact, according to Deloitte’s 2014 Global Human Capital Trends research, 78% of business leaders rate retention and engagement as an issue that’s “urgent or important”. However, it’s evident ... More

August 19, 2014

Why Mentor Matching Can't Be The End of Your Involvement

Mentor matching certainly sets the stage for how well a mentoring partnership will go – but it’s not the end-all be-all of a mentoring partnership. Whether because of personality clash, mismatched competencies, difficulty with communication, or a different reason entirely, some mentor-mentee mat... More

July 22, 2014

The Model for Mentoring Program Success

You may be considering implementing a mentoring program in your organization or re-vamping an old one that didn’t work out as well as you had hoped. In any case, be sure you realize that a successful mentoring program is not something that can just be thrown together. It takes time and energy to in... More

July 10, 2014

Why Should I Measure My Mentoring Program?

Human, but Subjective Mentoring is a very human development method – and that’s definitely part of the beauty of it. One of the reasons mentoring tends to work as well as it does within organizations is precisely because it’s individual-to-individual, and facilitates conversations and connections... More

July 03, 2014

Brand, Engagement, and Career Development Culture

Not Another Employee Engagement Article “Employee engagement” has been a buzzword for so long that we're all collectively wondering if it hasn't lost all meaning. It’s a similar story with “company culture”. While that begs the question, "Why are we all still talking about it?", the ans... More

June 26, 2014

How to Reduce Your Training Expenses with Corporate Mentoring

While training classes are widely available for any learning need, they can also be very costly. The time spent away from the office and probable travel expenses, as well as the cost to take the class (or create the course internally), necessitates an immense commitment of both time and money from y... More

June 10, 2014

The Fast Are Eating the Slow: Mentoring for Leadership Development as a Competitive Method

An organization sees a need for leadership development. Does it turn to external training, coaching, or mentoring to achieve their goals? The answer has usually been one of the first two, the philosophy being that traditional training and coaching programs are better-suited to develop high-potentia... More

May 15, 2014

Recruiting Mentors for Your Corporate Mentoring Program

In a poll taken one of our recent webinars, 51% of attendees said that recruiting and qualifying mentors and coaches had been a challenge in implementing their mentoring or coaching program. There’s often a lot of emphasis placed on qualifying and matching mentees, when just as often administrators ... More

April 21, 2014

Why Women Leaders Must Mentor Other Women

Your Successors, Redefined While I often stress in my workshops that it’s not advisable to require your most senior level people to become mentors, the fact remains that sometimes the senior levels really do need to be involved as mentors. Nowhere is this truer than in the cases of women in C-Le... More

April 03, 2014

The Perils of Skipping Mentoring Training

Mentoring Training and Your Program Participants If you were to put all of your mentoring program candidates into one room to discuss the mentoring journey that is ahead of them without giving them mentoring training or some type of direction beforehand, the following is a likely progression of ev... More

March 21, 2014

Stages of Corporate Alumni Programs

Corporate alumni programs vary in terms of multiple things, not least of which include size, organization type, administrative control, and membership type. What really sets apart one alumni program from another, however, are the program’s objectives and the organization’s intent to follow through w... More

March 12, 2014

Best Practices for Corporate Mentoring Programs

70% of Learning Occurs On-the-Job According to Lombardo and Eichinger’s 70-20-10 training model (1996), 70% of learning is due to self-directed, on-the-job experience, while 20% is due to feedback, and only 10% is due to courses and reading. This means that formal mentoring – that is, mentoring... More

March 07, 2014

Mentoring for Leadership Development: Top Tips

With the economy in a slow recovery, it’s becoming more necessary for organizations to prepare for the future in terms of leadership development and succession planning. Mentoring has always been a popular method of knowledge sharing and talent development, but ultimately it’s your objectives and ho... More

February 21, 2014

Why Your Alumni Software May Be Doomed to Fail

An alumni program without objectives embedded throughout it is like a building without foundations or a supporting structure: doomed to collapse. Your alumni software is no exception to this rule. It more than anything else must be defined by your objectives, as it’s not only the gateway to your al... More

February 10, 2014

How to Engage Your Alumni and Win Their Business

We’ve noted in a previous article ("What Your Corporate Alumni Program Has to Do With Employee Engagement") that engagement of your alumni ultimately rests on engagement of your current employees. In fact, if you know you have an employee engagement problem right now, we can guarantee that... More

February 04, 2014

What Your Corporate Alumni Program Has to Do With Employee Engagement

Your Current Employees Are Your Future Alumni Ultimately, the success of any organization comes down to one thing: the engagement of its people. For most companies, “people” primarily means “employees.” That’s why “employee engagement” is such a big buzzword in the training and development space,... More

January 14, 2014

Mentoring Solutions for Succession Planning Problems

With an aging workforce, planning for the inevitability of your leaders exiting your organization is becoming more and more necessary by the day. Succession planning isn’t just a buzzword: it’s a developmental strategy that’s extremely relevant to how we plan to run our businesses in 2014 and ... More

October 10, 2013

7 Rules for Mentoring Success

At one of our recent webinars, 40% of attendees reported they don’t know how successful their mentoring program was because they didn’t measure the results. This statistic is really quite alarming when you recognize the time, effort, and money that goes into creating and supporting a mentori... More

August 02, 2013

Turning to Retention During Economic Recovery

“The grass is always greener on the other side,” as the saying goes. This is generally true - people tend to focus on new possibilities as they become bored or dissatisfied with their current situation. That is, unless there are no available alternatives - no “other side” in sight. Such has been the... More

July 31, 2013

How to Retain Your Millennials (and Why You Should Care)

HR’s Next Imminent Crisis In the next few years, the US economy will be hit by a double whammy: 1) The loss of millions of boomers from the ranks of the workforce, and 2) The scramble to fill their gaps with millennials. This is a succession pipeline issue that’s naturally a generational issue as ... More

July 01, 2013

Is Your Company Actively Resisting Employee Engagement?

We hear the talk about “actively disengaged” employees. What about the organizations that actively resist providing an environment for engagement? When we’re not talking about the work itself, there are basically two directions from which employers should be addressing employee engagement: The ... More

May 09, 2013

How to Obtain ROI on Your Outplacement Initiative

The problem with outplacement is that you receive little or no return on investment. It almost seems like a win-lose situation: your former employees receive help moving on from your organization, and you lose both your employee and your investment in outplacement. It’s time to reconceptualize out... More

April 26, 2013

How to Prevent 7 Common Problems in Mentoring Programs

Our mentoring program was successful, but we can’t prove it, and we’re about to lose funding for it. There’s too much pressure to implement a mentoring program, and no time to actually plan one. Our program’s mentees just aren’t learning the things that are necessary to their development. Everyon... More

April 22, 2013

Rethinking Performance Management

Performance Management as a Part of Your Talent Development Strategy The working world has changed – and traditional notions of performance management are no longer sufficient for maintaining and assessing a productive workforce. Performance management was initially designed to evaluate perfor... More

April 22, 2013

Rethinking Succession Planning

Changing Market Conditions Proactive Succession Planning = Organizational Success When it comes to determining your short- and long-term business strategy, succession planning is critical to your organizational success. Productive succession plans help organizations avoid talent shortages, ret... More

April 08, 2013

Increase Your ROI by Maintaining Alumni Relationships

While corporate alumni programs are still a relatively new concept for organizational strategies, they carry the potential for significant ROI from increased business development opportunities, strengthened company and employer brand, and reduced recruitment expenses. Corporate alumni programs ... More

March 22, 2013

Best Practices for Creating an Integrated Coaching and Mentoring Program

Sometimes you need more than what a mentoring program or coaching program alone can offer your organization. But if you only have the time and money to implement one program, which one should it be? It doesn’t have to be a matter of choosing one or the other. In a recent webinar, Insala’s Judy Corn... More

March 21, 2013

Defining the Differences between Mentoring and Coaching

If you’re considering implementing a mentoring or coaching initiative in your organization, you probably have questions. Which will best meet your objectives? Which employees will be better suited to mentoring than coaching, and vice-versa? Mentoring and coaching do have several fundamental similari... More

January 07, 2013

Designing a Mentoring Program That Improves Onboarding

We’ve all been through onboarding: the conference room, the policy agreements, the tax forms, the acronyms. How much of it all did we retain? And more importantly, how much of it was information that truly helped us understand the inner workings of our new company or learn new skills necessary for o... More

December 14, 2012

Mentoring Program Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Mentoring is as old as time and actively used in organizations today. Personally learning from someone who has been there and done that is the most fundamental way to pass along knowledge. It holds true whether its learning to start a fire, hunt, farm or for creating killer spreadsheets, writing cod... More

November 29, 2012

Deliver Effective Outplacement Services Through An Online Outplacement Solution

Are you looking to improve your present outplacement process? Are you an outplacement firm looking to cut costs and increase efficiency in your service delivery? Christine De Cock, Director of Career Solutions at Insala with over 20 years of experience in outplacement and career management, shares s... More

November 07, 2012

Mentoring and Talent Development: How to do they fit together?

If you are considering a targeted mentoring program for talent development, or if you presently manage a mentoring program, chances are you’ve been asked to provide a road map where at the end you are expected to tie it all together and prove it’s business value and ROI. With so many variables to c... More

September 20, 2012

6 Recommended Resources For Your Clients When Providing Outplacement

Internet use has become part of our daily routine, and it’s no different when someone finds out they've been laid-off. When someone finds out they've lost their job, she or he undoubtedly turns to the web to view online job listings. Christine De Cock, Director of Career Solutions at Insala with ove... More

June 20, 2012

How Can Mentoring Facilitate Learning and Development Across An Organization?

Mentoring is used today by organizations to satisfy any number of unique business objectives from onboarding, diversity or most often centering on leadership development, succession planning, employee career development and knowledge transfer. One trend now in learning and development (L&D) is ... More

May 11, 2012

7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Mentoring Program

Implementing any new company sponsored program can seem a daunting objective and pitfalls lay at every turn. Corporate mentoring programs are no different. To minimize challenges and maximize program results, we’d like to share seven recommendations that have proven successful to real-world mentor... More

July 22, 2011

How One Company Used Mentoring to Improve Time-to-Productivity for a Critical Role

According to a recent Monster.com survey, it takes 6.2 months on average for new managers to become productive enough to be considered profitable investments for the company. During that time period, new managers are actually expenses rather than valuable investments. Likewise, for any role – par... More

June 10, 2011

5 Critical Success Factors of Best-Practice Career Development Initiatives

What are the critical success factors of corporate career development initiatives? Phillip Roark, CEO at Insala and career development industry expert, recommends the following 5 key success factors that will maximize the effectiveness of your career development program. Process: Creating a s... More

June 08, 2011

How to Position Mentoring for Strategic Talent Development

There are many benefits of formal corporate mentoring program as a talent development strategy. For example, mentoring can be a cost-effective alternative or complement to traditional training programs, and a formal mentoring program’s alignment with critical business objectives can be clearly measu... More