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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #9

Critical behaviors are the actions that if systematically performed, will have the greatest impact on desired organizational results. Interestingly, many major training initiatives are launched with little or no thought to exactly what people are supposed to do when they return to the job.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2 #8

Kirkpatrick Foundational Principle #1 is, "The end is the beginning." We didn’t invent this idea; it is the cornerstone of many good frameworks, models and theories.

For your leadership initiative (or any program, for that matter) the first step is to think about how it will support the highest level mission or goal of your organization.

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Kirkpatrick Quick Tip Vol. 2: #7

Leadership initiatives are among the most popular training topics. When properly executed they can maximize all other initiatives and be a true force-multiplier.

Unfortunately, many leadership initiatives only yield a fraction of the potential benefits due to lack of strategic focus.

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Many of you ask us if Don is enjoying his retirement and keeping busy.

This week we are pleased to share an update on one of his hobbies.


In addition to being the creator of the four levels and an expert in Human Resources, Don Kirkpatrick is also a songwriter.

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This week, Sue Vineyard shares her thoughts on what tools are critical for a trainer's success.

Both a friend of the Kirkpatricks and a retired training professional, Sue is best known for her decades of work in helping not-for-profit organizations to accomplish their missions through a focused, self-sustaining approach. 

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This week, we continue our discussion on the current state of training evaluation with guest Jana Muma, the Director of Learning & Development at Grace Hill.

In this 10-minute interview, Jana shares her keys to success and how her experience implementing the Kirkpatrick model has helped her become an industry leading resource for those within the multifamily industry looking to design, develop and manage their own training sessions.


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Liz Tomlin-Travis and Kathy Frank, from the Adult Learning and Organizational Performance Master's program at Drake University, sat down with Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick to discuss the current state of training evaluation.

In this 26-minute interview, Jim and Wendy provide an brief overview of the
New World Kirkpatrick Model along with a real-world success story of how a business partnership approach helped reduce patient safety errors.

Listen as they share practical advice on how to best implement your own evaluation plans, and explore new trends in demonstrating the business value of training.


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This week we are pleased to share our newest article from the February issue of Training Magazine.

Read as Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick explain how return on expectations (ROE) demonstrates the degree to which training initiatives satisfy the expectations of key business stakeholders.

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