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Entries for 2018

​It's a startling statistic for L&D professionals: approximately 85% of training graduates do something other than what they learned during training. 

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Honest evaluation also means having the courage to report all data to stakeholders, whether positive or negative. It is always nice when the data is positive; that makes reporting easy and fun. But what if some of it indicates problems, or poorer results than were desired? Training will not get respect if we don’t openly share this information and then open a discussion about how to improve. 

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Why We Don't Call It Thanksthinking, by Jim Kirkpatrick

Thanksgiving. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Now, that day is reserved for those of us in the United States to be thankful. And to give thanks?

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The end of the year is a planning time for many of us. Looking forward to 2019, have you been tasked with increasing program outcomes? Showing the res...

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Listen to the final installment of Wendy Kirkpatrick's in-studio radio interview with Stone Payton and Lee Kantor of Business RadioX.

In the previous segment, Wendy shared how to handle the vague training request.

During this discussion, Wendy warns against shortcuts that put your initiatives at risk.


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From Jim Kirkpatrick, Training Evaluation Expert

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Honoring Our Armed Forces: The Men and Women Who Serve and Protect

One of my favorite U.S. holidays is Veteran’s Day. I can still picture my dad in his later years raising and saluting the stars and stripes at his retirement community.

Note that I did not end the title of this article with the traditional, “…Who Serve …”. From my vantage point, I cannot help but think of what they do (Level 3 – Serve), and the purpose of their service (Level 4 – Protect). I appreciate the service they provide, but more so I am deeply grateful that they protect people like me and my loved ones in the US and around the world.

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From Jim Kirkpatrick, Training Evaluation Expert

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