Reinventing Training and Development

Reinventing Training and Development

Reinventing Training and Development

Reinventing Training and Development

Synopsis

The training and development function has made important contributions to the success of American corporations, but is it time now for an overhaul? Sims thinks it is. Not only does his book delineate the ways in which T&D has lost touch with the times, but it also identifies the ways in which it can--and must--be restructured and, indeed, "reinvented." It must be more responsive to customer demands and interests, it must participate in and contribute directly to competitive corporate strategies. And it must find ways to measure concretely its performance and its contribution to the corporate bottom line. Sims' book is thus the first to take a corporate strategy approach to understanding and developing the T&D function. In doing so, it dissects T&D, chapter-by-chapter, and in each chapter provides practical guidance on how trainers can improve their performance and thus contribute clearly to the success of their organizations. Not only training and development people, but management in other areaswill find this book thoughtful, provocative, and challenging.

Excerpt

Over the years I have been fortunate to experience training and development in several ways. First and most importantly, as a training professional and consultant for many years, I struggled directly with the growth, decline, and reemergence of training as I worked with a variety of organizations to help them improve their training initiatives and staff. Second, as an educator in a school of business, I viewed training and development from a different perspective as a disseminator of knowledge and facilitator of learning about the topic. Third, as an experienced author and researcher, I explored, examined, and reported on this topic for a number of years. Fourth, as an officer in the military, I viewed training and development from a completely different perspective. Finally, as a participant in many training and development efforts, I have been able to experience and appreciate being a benefactor of some very excellent trainers and programs.

From these varied perspectives, several impressions begin to emerge about the training profession, all underscoring the need for continued change or reinvention of the training function. Collectively, these perspectives provided a unique vantage point from which to write this book. The final product should be a valuable contribution to help training professionals and their organizations to continue the process of improving the training contribution in order to achieve an organization's strategic agenda.

A major point of this book is that training and development will continue to become more and more important to organizational suc-

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