Training on Trial: How Workplace Learning Must Reinvent Itself to Remain Relevant

Training on Trial: How Workplace Learning Must Reinvent Itself to Remain Relevant

Training on Trial: How Workplace Learning Must Reinvent Itself to Remain Relevant

Training on Trial: How Workplace Learning Must Reinvent Itself to Remain Relevant

Synopsis

While upbeat lingo abounds about "complementing strategic objectives" and "driving productivity," the fact is that most training does not make a significant enough impact on business results, and when it does, training professionals fail to make a convincing case about the value added to the bottom line. The vaunted "business partnership model" has yet to be realized - and in tough economic times, when the training budget is often the first to be cut, training is on trial for its very existence.


Using a courtroom trial as a metaphor, Training on Trial seeks to get to the truth about why training fails and puts the business partnership model to work for real. Readers on both sides of the "courtroom" will learn how to stop viewing training as a cost center, andbridge the gulf between what learning functions deliver and what business units need to execute their strategies.


A thought-provoking read for trainers and business unit leaders alike, Training on Trial provides a new application of the Kirkpatrick Four-Level Evaluation Model and a multitude of tips and techniques that allow lessons learned to be put into action now.

Excerpt

We survive and thrive when we understand that our role as workplace learning professionals is not to deliver training programs but to extend learning from episodic interventions to continual on-the-job enrichment. Ultimately, our role is to deliver demonstrated value to our business partners. This book provides a template for creating, delivering, and measuring the value of your training efforts within your organization or for your clients. Along the way we provide examples from companies and professionals who have used the model and achieved results.

Here are a few general comments about the book. It is not a textbook or a training manual. Instead, it is more of a storybook, with the expanded metaphor of a courtroom and real-life examples and anecdotes. The reasons for this are threefold. First, there are already many textbooks, articles, and manuals outlining techniques for being an effective business partner, yet many still have not found the way to make this happen. Second, we personally think you will learn and be inspired more through sto-

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