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'How Not To Waste Your Money On Training' - 20% discount

Andy Lancaster, Head of Learning and Development Content, CIPD

“In a fast-changing world it is vital that organisations invest in learning and development, not only to stay ahead of the game, but to survive! However, there is never a bottomless pot for investment, often learning budgets are squeezed and senior leaders are increasingly demanding a measurable impact from initiatives.

To that end, learning professionals must target learning to meet key organisational needs through effective design and delivery approaches. “How Not To Waste Your Money On Training” provides valuable insights and tactics on how to maximise learning by aligning it to what the organisation is trying to achieve, simplifying and focussing diagnostic processes, making informed data-driven decisions and effectively presenting solutions.

If you are serious about cost-effective learning that genuinely drives impact, then this is a book which should interest you!”

Donald H Taylor, Chair, Learning and Performance Institute

“This book is packed with useful advice and insight into when formal learning is the right solution. Drawing on decades of practical experience, it explains clearly, and with practical examples, how to ensure training is deployed only when necessary, and to the greatest effect. Recommended reading for anyone in an L&D function, whether inside an organisation, or supplying services from the outside.”

As an exclusive offer to DPG delegates and this community, I am offerring a 20% discount on this book. You can order it here and use the DPG2019 discount code to claim the discount

Do you suspect your budget is going to be wasted on training that isn’t really needed? Have you ever wanted to make the process more effective, but been so busy delivering training that you never get the chance to unpack what’s working and what’s not? Are you a consultant who wants to deliver value and measurable performance improvements for your clients? Do you know line managers whose staff go on endless training and you never know if it has been effective?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, that’s exactly why I’ve written How to Not Waste Your Money on Training. This book is a practical look at how you can avoid wasting money on training that may not be needed.

If you want to:

  • Create a simplified approach to uncovering what the organisation needs.
  • Have more clarity on how L&D can perform better by working with the organisation.
  • Take an approach to ensure tangible outcomes from learning that impact performance.
  • Use practical tools to help you and the organisation become more agile so that you can achieve your goals.

What you’ll be able to do:

  • Create a plan to successfully understand the organisation and get closer to what it really needs.
  • Create a plan for managing your stakeholders (and identifying them if you haven’t done so yet).
  • Analyse the information you collect in a number of different ways.
  • Present your findings in a number of different ways.
  • Find the ‘story’ in your information to inform any decisions.
  • Make the link between the information you collect and analyse, and the evaluation process.

This is not a book to gather dust on a shelf but a practical, step-by-step ‘how-to’ guide. Beautifully illustrated and packed full of activities and worksheets, this will ease your path to getting L&D aligned with the organisation.

Here is a summary for each chapter:


Chapter 1

  1. Through your action planning sheet, describe how you in L&D can get more closely aligned with (infiltrate) the business.
  2. Consider which consultancy model to use in stakeholder engagement to determine the brief.
  3. Identify your stakeholders and classify them according to their impact and support.


 Chapter 2

  1. Describe situations where an in-depth analysis is or is not required.
  2. Differentiate between a planned and unplanned needs analysis.
  3. Categorise correctly the level of needs analysis to undertake.
  4. List some appropriate methods for analysing needs for groups and individuals.
  5. With the use of notes, choose a triangulation approach to needs analysis by selecting three methods for some given case studies.
  6. Put together a plan for conducting an analysis, including time and resources required.


 Chapter 3

  1. Differentiate between the ‘gut feelings’ you have experienced in past decisions you have made and the more analytical approach.
  2. Describe why it is important to collect data.
  3. Relate what you do to what the organisational goals are.
  4. Define some key measures for your role in line with organisational requirements.
  5. Differentiate between data and information.
  6. Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative data.
  7. Choose for three case studies, the format the data will take.
  8. Describe what you need to do before you start collecting your data.


Chapter 4

  1. Select an appropriate method for visually presenting a set of data.
  2. Describe how to draw conclusions from the data.
  3. List some of the limitations of the data/chart that you are using.
  4. Identify any bias that you may have in relation to the data you are collecting.
  5. Differentiate between aims, organisational objectives, performance objectives and learning outcomes (objectives).
  6. Set some clear organisational objectives for a set of outcomes.
  7. Identify correctly the learning levels required according to Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  8. Set some specific performance objectives for given examples.
  9. Devise some learning outcomes for a given case study using Robert Mager’s PCS framework.

As an exclusive offer to DPG delegates and this community, I am offerring a 20% discount on this book. You can order it here and use the DPG2019 discount code to claim the discount






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Krystyna Gadd FLPI Assoc CIPD is Author of "How Not To Waste Your Money On Training" and Founder of How to Accelerate Learning

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