How to Build Strategic Business Bridges to Advance Your Career

April 19, 2017

How do you advance and transform your career?

Take this quiz to see if you are making colossal training strategy mistakes that could threaten your career.

Once you finish the quiz, read on to see what the preliminary results say.

The first question asked which of the Kirkpatrick levels training professionals should focus the most resources on accomplishing. 

Many people believe that training professionals should focus on Kirkpatrick Levels 3 and 4. Some believe that all four levels deserve equal focus. 

While Levels 1 and 2 are important and necessary, training professionals who focus their efforts here and essentially disappear after training will likely find themselves in jeopardy when asked to show the value of their training to the business. 

Training professionals who have built tactical and strategic bridges to the business know that what occurs at Levels 3 and 4 is what truly influences the highest-level results of the organization. We recommend spending the majority of your resources there. 

So how do you determine what the business really wants? You must strive for open communication and partnership between training and the business. If business stakeholders have not invited you to their table to engage in this partnership, then try inviting them to your table. 

Once you have determined what stakeholders want and what will most positively influence the highest-level result of the organization, then you can build your programs with that information in mind and begin applying these tips for making the jump from Level 2 Learning to Level 3 Behavior.

To learn more about the significance of building strategic and tactical business bridges, join Jim Kirkpatrick at the 2017 ATD International Conference and Exposition in Atlanta. 

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Additional Resources

Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program – Bronze Level

Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation

ATD International Conference and Exposition 2017

Getting Stakeholders to YOUR “Table”

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