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Quick Tips

 

By Wendy Kirkpatrick

I had the thrill of hearing a presentation made by former President Barack Obama at the ATD 2018 Conference last month. His message was not only inspiring, it also has great implications for the future and success of training.

One lesson he shared is that good old-fashioned values are as relevant as ever:

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Of all the things that keep you busy as a training professional, what percentage of those actually contribute to the mission success of your organization? Don't mistake action for contribution.

Much of what learning professionals do does not directly contribute to business or mission value. This happens despite the best of intentions; the training department receives a request for training from the business and works very hard to fulfill it. Unfortunately, business partners may not always be skilled in assessing the appropriate training and performance needs, and the organization goes down the wrong path.

Training activity can be mistaken for value, and effort for impact. How can you tell if your efforts are merely activity, or mission-focused tactics? The world of science and engineering provides a helpful definition to distinguish between the two.

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Not long ago, Wendy Kirkpatrick asked if training professionals could answer this one simple question about their most important programs. Some could. For others, it was a struggle.

Wendy is back with tips on what to try when you just can't get a seat at the table. Avoid the frustration. Arm yourself with the knowledge to move beyond training and into business partnership territory.

Hear the story of how this information improved work--and life--for one trainer. Tune in to Wendy's recent in-studio radio interview with Stone Payton and Lee Kantor of Business RadioX.

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Thoughts from Jim Kirkpatrick, PhD

"How do you know when you are becoming a strategic business partner? When you think and write in terms of performance objectives"

Click here for Jim's previous Quick Tip.

 

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Thoughts from Jim Kirkpatrick, PhD

"Save training dollars: Use a Blended Evaluation Plan® instead of attempting to measure/monitor the four levels as separate buckets." ​

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Mission success is critical for most organizations, but for some, like NASA, successful missions are a matter of life and death. 

Jim Kirkpatrick's co-authored article featured in the May issue of TD
Magazine, shares valuable lessons other companies can learn from NASA's experience.

Read how the Kirkpatrick Model helped successfully shape NASA's approach to training and how your organization can do the same.

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Thoughts from Jim Kirkpatrick, PhD

"Influencing stakeholders: Build a compelling case for a business partnership approach to learning and performance, not isolation."​

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Last week, we began the countdown of the most popular Kirkpatrick quick tips of 2017. Click here to review tip numbers 5, 4, and 3

We're down to the top two most popular quick tips of the year. Though popular in 2017, you'll find these tips timeless as you develop your own training programs and evaluation strategies in 2018.

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