One of the biggest gaps in the learning-and-performance
field occurs after the training is done. Learners fail to apply what they’ve
learned and their managers fail to support training implementation.
Fortunately, the Fort Hill gang writes again. Where their blockbuster book, The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning,
laid out a comprehensive process for getting training results, their new book (Getting Your Money’s Worth from Training and
Development) provides a call-to-action for training’s most important
players. Using the brilliantly diabolical approach of dividing the book in
half—one half for learners, the other for managers—Jefferson, Pollock, and Wick
provide an energizing action-plan to help organizations maximize training’s
impact on job performance.
I’m so impressed with the Fort Hill guys. It seems that they
(1) have looked deeply at the training-and-development trade, (2) found an area
where time and time again we fail to do what’s right, and (3) written the
perfect book to ensure that training maximizes business results. Too often in
today’s organizations, training is seen as magic pill that works without alignment
and support. In this double-dose of a book, Jefferson, Pollock, and Wick
explode that myth, helping both learners and their managers bring potency to
the training effort.
The design of the book tells the story itself. Managers read
from one cover while learners read from the other cover. The book’s title stays
the same—Getting Your Money’s Worth from
Training and Development—but the subtitles change for the two audiences (i.
e., A Guide to Breakthrough Learning for Managers; A Guide to Breakthrough
Learning for Participants.). Only
in partnership is training truly effective. The symbolism speaks loudly, but so
too does the content, showing how both learners and their managers can work
together to ensure that training transfers to on-the-job performance
The book is written in a conversational style. It speaks
directly to the audiences in terms that will resonate. No motherhood and apple
pie in the Fort Hill world. It’s all about results, wiifm’s, and tools. The
example worksheets in the back of each book (remember it’s two books in one)
are worth the cover price.
I recommend this book with the greatest enthusiasm. Companies
ought to buy two copies for every training participant. One for the participant
and one for his/her manager.
You can click the link below to learn more about the book (and go directly to Amazon to decide whether to purchase it).