Summary of The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning

How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results

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The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning book summary
Do your company’s training activities add to the bottom line or detract from it? Learn how to train for fun and profit.


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Even if learning professionals design superb programs with outstanding content and instructors deliver the material in engaging, compelling ways, these programs unfortunately may not be relevant to actual daily operations. They may lack solid business – as opposed to learning – objectives. Such initiatives may not accomplish what managers intend and will not make your business grow. Calhoun Wick, Roy Pollock, Andrew Jefferson and Richard Flanagan explain how learning officers and training departments can use their “six disciplines” or “6D” approach to increase the effectiveness and impact of training and development programs. They’ve written a good book – a tad dry but very thorough – that outlines a top-quality program. The authors repeat, a bit too frequently, that training’s real payoff occurs in its practical application. getAbstract believes this book will help those who provide, purchase or benefit from corporate training and development.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “six disciplines” effective training and development programs must fulfill
  • How to achieve those requirements


“Six Disciplines” for Effective Training and Development
Corporate training and development programs should enforce six vital disciplines:

Discipline One: “Define Outcomes in Business Terms”
Your training and development programs may bring in lots of people...
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About the Authors

Calhoun Wick is CEO of Fort Hill, a consultancy, where Roy Pollock is chief learning officer, Andrew Jefferson is president and COO, and Richard Flanagan is senior vice president.

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