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Praise for The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning
"A succinct, extremely valuable, and proven set of disciplines to drive learning in organizations. This breakthrough book is a must for anyone involved in corporate training and development."
—Rod Magee, vice president and chief learning officer, Honeywell International
"The Six Disciplines describes and illustrates six principles practiced by companies that earn the highest returns by efficiently converting learning into business results. A truly valuable book!"
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager® and The Secret
"The Holy Grail for every corporate learning department today—and for the CEOs who critically depend on them—is sustained learning that drives performance. In this thorough and timely book, the authors show step-by-step how genuine learning can, at last, be found."
—John Alexander, president, Center for Creative Leadership
"This book is a must-read for anyone who is serious about delivering learning experiences that lead to performance and business results. Filled with case studies, tools, and job aids, this book could not be more practical!"
—Dana Gaines Robinson, founder and president, Partners in Change, Inc., and coauthor, Performance Consulting and Strategic Business Partner
"Billions have been spent on classroom programs and next to nothing on supporting participants in applying what they learn on the job. Apply The Six Disciplines and you'll achieve the intended business results of your learning and development investments."
—James F. Bolt, chairman, Executive Development Associates, Inc.
"Here's a business book that should be read at every organizational level. Senior leaders, line managers, instructional designers, HR professionals, and learners themselves will all find guidance on maximizing their investment of time and resources in any learning initiative."
—Beverly Kaye, CEO and founder, Career Systems International, coauthor, Love 'Em or Lose 'Em, and author, Up Is Not the Only Way
"The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning is the clearest road map I have ever seen for getting from well-conceived and well-executed learning activities to measurable business results. This book is a breakthrough! It will be required reading for my entire staff of learning professionals."
—Edwin H. Boswell, president and chief executive officer, The Forum Corporation
"Finally, a definitive resource on the disciplines required to build learning and development that increases business capability and capacity. This is an essential guide for anyone who believes workforce development is about producing workplace results."
—Susan Burnett, senior vice president and chief talent officer, Gap Inc.
Foreword (Kevin D. Wilde).
Introduction: The Six Disciplines.
D1. Define Outcomes in Business Terms.
D2. Design the Complete Experience.
D3. Deliver for Application.
D4. Drive Follow-Through.
D5. Deploy Active Support.
D6. Document Results.
The Last Word (Marshall Goldsmith).
About the Authors.
Posted July 12, 2010
Even if learning professionals design superb programs with outstanding content and instructors deliver the material in engaging, compelling ways, these programs unfortunately may not be relevant to actual daily operations. They may lack solid business - as opposed to learning - objectives. Such initiatives may not accomplish what managers intend and will not make your business grow. Calhoun Wick, Roy Pollock, Andrew Jefferson and Richard Flanagan explain how learning officers and training departments can use their "six disciplines" or "6D" approach to increase the effectiveness and impact of training and development programs. They've written a good book - a tad dry but very thorough - that outlines a top-quality program. The authors repeat, a bit too frequently, that training's real payoff occurs in its practical application. getAbstract believes this book will help those who provide, purchase or benefit from corporate training and development.
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