O'Reilly logo

The Field Guide to the 6Ds: How to Use the Six Disciplines to Transform Learning into Business Results by Calhoun Wick, Roy V. H. Pollock, Andy Jefferson

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

image 

D1 Define Business Outcomes

In her book, Strategic Learning Alignment, Rita Smith (2010) succinctly summarized the core concept of D1: “The only reason that learning organizations exist is to drive business outcomes” (p. 10). In other words, organizations invest in training and development with the goal of improving performance in areas critical to their strategy and objectives. Thus, training is valued to the extent to which it visibly and convincingly contributes to improved performance. When training consumes resources (time and money), but fails to demonstrably improve performance, it is seen as wasteful and expendable.

Therefore, the first ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required