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​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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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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Back in June, Wendy Kirkpatrick offered tips on what to try when you just can't get a seat at the table.

She's back with more from her in-studio radio interview with Stone Payton and Lee Kantor of Business RadioX.

Wendy offers guidance on how to handle the vague training request.

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When you review your training evaluation data and find that it is not altogether favorable, should you:

  1. Hide it, so there are no repercussions
  2. Change the questions so you get more favorable responses in the future
  3. Try on your own to understand it, and make adjustments
  4. None of the above

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By Wendy Kirkpatrick

I had the thrill of hearing a presentation made by former President Barack Obama at the ATD 2018 Conference last month. His message was not only inspiring, it also has great implications for the future and success of training.

One lesson he shared is that good old-fashioned values are as relevant as ever:

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Why is Everyone Afraid of Level 4?

By Wendy Kirkpatrick

Twice in the last week, Jim Kirkpatrick and I were in conversations with clients who did not want to have any accountability for the true Level 4 Result of their organization. Their reasons included things like:

  • "There are so many variables out of my control."
  • "Gathering that data would be impossible."
  • "Our program is not powerful enough to contribute to the mission of our organization." 

One of them played my favorite card, “Our organization is different.”

While every organization is somewhat different, they are all remarkably the same.

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