Although published in 2006 by the American Society for Training and Development, I only recently had a chance to read Larry Israelite’s book with the intriguing title: Lies About Learning. This book identifies critical issues for leaders of the training function in companies and for the consultants who provide “solutions” to those companies. The collection of chapters by different authors challenge many erroneous assumptions (lies) commonly held by these two groups. One of these many assumptions is that senior executives don’t value corporate training programs. This is a lament often heard from learning professionals when they don't get the resources they need. The author offers compelling evidence that, in fact, these executives do value training programs IF the programs contribute to improving workforce performance that helps the organization achieve success. The problem is that frequently executives see no evidence this is the case. It is incumbent upon all learning professionals to design interventions that contribute to valued business results and provide credible evidence that these results are being achieved. I will comment on other "lies" in later posts.

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