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Entries for August 2013

Why Get Kirkpatrick Certified?

A note from Jim about the value of Kirkpatrick certification


I overhear conversations in the office with callers asking about Kirkpatrick certification. I thought I would take a few minutes to explain, from my own point of view, the benefit and value of getting Kirkpatrick certified.

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Lesson #1: Formal Training Alone Won't Work for Everyone

Jim and Wendy watched in fascination the day the baby birds in the nest outside their front door
Baby birdsseemed to be preparing to fly. They stood on the edge of the nest, stretched out their wings and flapped them a few times. Some hopped onto a nearby landing.

As Jim and Wendy worked, they noticed a flock of birds swirling outside their office windows. It was the baby birds, being led by their parents! They all seemed to be flying fast and with confidence. However, when they were supposed to return to the safety of the nest, one bird just sat on the front step, either unwilling or unable to get back up to the nest.

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The ultimate goal of training is to contribute to the execution of strategic initiatives. But how do you do this?
Mark and David
Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitators David Dewhurst and Mark Harris offer strategies for accomplishing this objective in their case study.

They implemented an extensive leadership program at a mine in  New Zealand.

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This article originally appeared in Training & Development magazine, August 2013, Vol 40, No 4, published by the Australian Institute of Training and Development.

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Improving Performance to Drive Business Results
The role of training is not simply to deliver programs or content; it's to improve performance to drive business results. How is this done? 

Listen to Jim Kirkpatrick as he explains how in this Learning Insights radio interview. 

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Training evaluation does not need to be complex or expensive to be effective. View this recorded Executive Seminar Series webinar to hear Jim and Wendy Kirkpatrick facilitate the sharing of practical ideas to maximize training value with minimal investment.

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