SHRM Executive Network – Andrew Rawson, Traliant’s Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer, is one of the leaders featured in the first installment of a new series on the evolution of executives by SHRM Editor Dana Wilkie.
Here’s an excerpt:
When Andrew Rawson founded his company six years ago, he already had several years of experience as an executive at other companies. Now the chief learning officer for Traliant—which provides companies with online sexual harassment prevention and DE&I training—Rawson can share a thing or two he learned about how his leadership style has changed.
With a skeleton staff back in 2016 when he launched Traliant, Rawson and his colleagues were looking to hire what he calls “great athletes”—people who could do a lot of things well but weren’t masters at any one job. “That’s good at the start, because people have to do everything,” he explained.
But as the business grew—it now has about 100 employees who all work remotely—Rawson realized that his hires had to be athletes with specific skills, like sprinters or pole vaulters.