Summary of Learning at Work

Excellent Practice from Best Theory

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Learning at Work book summary
If you want your employee training sessions to be more than extra coffee breaks, pay attention to how people learn.


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Do you know whether the person you hired to conduct a class at your company is truly qualified? Have your employees benefited from previous training programs? Are you spending your money wisely? John Taylor and Adrian Furnham help you answer these sorts of questions and drill down even further to examine the essence of training. In their enlightening and well-researched book, they explore how people actually learn. Once trainers and coaches understand the learning process, they can design better training programs. The authors’ prose is easy to understand and they provide many charts and diagrams, but putting their ideas into practice will take work. getAbstract highly recommends this book to trainers who want to improve their product, trainees who truly wish to learn, and corporate executives who don’t want to waste their money and their employees’ time.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How an understanding of learning theory can improve training programs
  • Why trainers and coaches are under pressure to deliver results
  • Why companies should welcome innovative training


The Learning Process
Training professionals and the organizations that hire them generally have an overly simplistic approach to training, coaching and mentoring. Trainers typically stand in front of a classroom and lecture. Companies hope the employees will return to the workplace with...
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About the Authors

John Taylor is an independent consultant, coach and trainer. He works with companies and organizations in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa. Adrian Furnham is a psychology professor at University College in London and the author of 44 books and more than 600 journal papers.

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