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"Running Training Like a Business:
Delivering Unmistakable Value"
How can companies make learning pay off? It's the $56 billion question that until now had no clear answer.
That's how much US businesses spend each year on training and development programs for their employees. Yet most business leaders are unsure how much return they get for their sizable investments, or how much impact training and development has on their bottom lines. Although most agree that employee learning is crucial to business success, they doubt that traditional training organizations can deliver the kind of impact they need.
But it doesn't have to be that way, according to David van Adelsberg and Edward A. Trolley, authors of "Running Training Like a Business: Delivering Unmistakable Value." A corporate training organization can and should have a significant impact on the bottom line, they contend. The answer to the $56 billion question is all in how you run it.
Using concise language and helpful charts, the book shows how to transform the traditional training enterprise from a sluggish cost center into an agile, flexible and valuable service. No longer does the training organization focus on conveying content; it now concentrates on meeting business needs. In short, van Adelsberg and Trolley have created a blueprint, from planning to start-up, for the training enterprise of the future.
"We don't have all the answers," van Adelsberg and Trolley admit.
"Nor can we offer absolute best
practices for "Running Training Like a Business."
Training and development professionals hold their futures in their own hands. They can continue on the traditional path or embark on the road less traveled, where the pace is fast, the destination is clear and the power of workplace learning becomes reality. Trolley and van Adelsberg's book is their map for the journey.
ISBN: 1-57675-059-0, 218 pages.