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Speed Review: Getting Your Money’s Worth From Training & Development

Speed Review: Getting Your Money’s Worth From Training & Development

Speed Review: Getting Your Money’s Worth From Training & Development

A Guide to Breakthrough Learning for Managers and Participants

by Andrew Jefferson, Roy Pollock & Calhoun Wick

Employee training is so important to the growth of a company that managers need to do everything within their power to make the most of this investment. The authors of Getting Your Money’s Worth From Training & Development: A Guide to Breakthrough Learning for Managers and Participants have created a valuable tool to help employees get the most out of their training and to help managers get the most out of the training their employees receive.

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A Complete Guide for Trainer and Trainee

Employee training is so important to the growth of a company that managers need to do everything within their power to make the most of this investment. The authors of Getting Your Money’s Worth From Training & Development: A Guide to Breakthrough Learning for Managers and Participants have created a valuable tool to help employees get the most out of their training and to help managers get the most out of the training their employees receive. As members of the management team at Fort Hill Company, a consulting firm specializing in training and development, the authors are experts in the fields of management education and leadership development. Attorney Andrew Jefferson is Fort Hill’s CEO and president, Dr. Roy Pollock is the company’s chief learning officer, and Cal Wick is the company’s chairman and founder.

At first glance, Getting Your Money’s Worth From Training & Development appears to be two separate workbooks that address two separate audiences from two different angles, compressed into one. But it is actually a single, valuable tool for unifying the efforts of both trainees and managers.

While the book’s format is unusual — there is a cover for managers on one side and a cover for training participants on the other, with text leading inward from both sides — the contents within are also unique in a very practical way. The novel approach taken by the book’s designers helps readers focus on their own needs while also keeping them aware of the needs of their organizational counterparts, which are equally important but different.

Breakthrough Learning for Managers

One side of the book is titled “A Guide to Breakthrough Learning for Managers.” Following the premise that managers determine the training success of their people, the authors methodically address the causes of training failure, ways to make training more productive and the steps a manager must take to help his or her people learn as much as possible from training. Demonstrating a hands-on approach, the authors move from pre-training through post-training discussions, presenting meeting plans and ways to make deliberate practice part of daily routines. While addressing the costs of training interruptions and the value of prompt feedback, they also delve into the realm of online coaching and the ways to maximize its efficiency and effectiveness.

One helpful section of the book includes the authors’ “Three Keys to Getting Your Money’s Worth as a Manager.” These keys are to be more up-front, engaged and results-driven. By breaking down each one of these recommendations into the specific actions managers should take before and after training takes place, the authors show managers how to optimize results. In an era when there needs to be measurable justification for even the smallest expense, this can prove to be a real asset to managers.

Breakthrough Learning for Participants

After reading his or her half of the book, a manager can then flip it over and hand it to the staff member who is about to be trained.

The “Guide to Breakthrough Learning for Participants” offers tips that can help trainees get the most value from any training and development program. This side of the book shows them, step by step, how to get ready, get engaged and get desired results.

By providing training participants with many valuable lessons, worksheets, approaches and plans, the authors help them prepare for the challenges and opportunities that training offers. A variety of learning techniques, such as taking notes as an “idea map” instead of traditional notes and spacing learning over time, help trainees absorb and apply their new skills and knowledge so that they can become even more valuable members of their teams.

Getting Your Money’s Worth From Training & Development provides volumes of wisdom in the most succinct form possible. By summarizing their best advice, tips and lessons for managers and trainees into a single guidebook, the authors offer both groups of learners the shortest possible path to the valuable rewards of smart training and development.

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