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Other titles in the Pfeiffer Essential Resources for Training and HR Professionals series:
Leading a Learning Revolution: The Story Behind Defense Acquisition University's Reinvention of Training (Pfeiffer Essential Resources for Training and HR Professionals)by Frank J. Anderson
Synopses & Reviews
Praise for Leading a Learning Revolution
"General Frank Anderson and Dr. Hardy are two of the most innovative, performance-driven learning executives in our industry. This book explains how one of the world's most complex organizations makes learning a focused, accountable, and strategic asset. The DAU story provides highly valuable, practical lessons for everyone in our industry."
—Josh Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin & Associates and author, The Blended Learning Book
"Defense Acquisition University has been a thought and practice leader in the learning field since Frank and Chris began the transformation at DAU. Learn how they did it—especially getting the strategy, alignment and learning architecture right. One of the best examples today of running learning with a focus, process and discipline to produce results."
—David Vance, former and founding president, Caterpillar University
"The learning solutions and innovative strategies the DAU have delivered are ones every organization could learn from and should model after. Frank and Chris have been recognized leaders in this area delivering practical results under extraordinary circumstances. This book is a must read for any learning organization challenged with effectively operationalizing and optimizing their learning assets and outcomes."
—Bob Mosher, global chief learning and strategy evangelist, LearningGuide Solutions, United States
"In this book, the DAU leadership team clearly explains how it has shifted learning from tactical and regional to global and strategic by focusing the DAU organization on strategic priorities, partnerships and measuring outcomes. Measurement and feedback for change are especially important contributions to the future of learning. This book is worth reading. It shifts from the past while laying out a roadmap for the future."
—Michael E. Echols, vice president of Strategic Initiatives, Bellevue University
"To the readers: DAU has been unusually successful in all aspects of training. By reading this practical book, you will receive many ideas that you can copy or adapt."
—Don Kirkpatrick, professor emeritus, University of Wisconsin
Book News Annotation:
Its students spend over $270 billion per year on such national commodities as clothes, food, paper clips, jets and bombs. To ensure they spent no more than was absolutely necessary and got the biggest bang for the buck, its commanders completely overhauled it. As a result, the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) became a model for specialized training institutions. The authors, all of whom were engaged in the effort, describe evaluating the capabilities of an educational institution against upcoming needs, developing curricula and pedagogy from best-proven theories and practice, implementing systematically, and evaluating. Along the way they describe detecting and handling change, building organizational infrastructure, conducting needs analyses and establishing a learning architecture, developing smart feedback strategies, and building a culture of constant improvement. They include summaries ("key takeaways") for review. Pfeiffer is an imprint of Wiley. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Leading a Learning Revolution
This book tells the story of an amazing transformation that took place within the U.S. Department of Defense. Written by practitioners who have won nearly every major award in the industry, this account of the creation of Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides a clear blueprint for turning any existing training organization into an innovative, world-class learning enterprise.
Providing a step-by-step, insider's look at the entire transformation process, this book offers essential elements for success, industry-recognized best practices, and real-world lessons learned. In sharing their inspiring story, the authors discuss how to establish a mission and vision, develop a performance-based strategic planning process, and tackle change initiatives. They also explain the implementation of a web-enabled learning architecture, reveal how to effectively measure and evaluate performance, and present strategies for assuring continual improvement.
In today's evolving, more competitive business environment, efficiency and agility aren't just valuable--they're imperative. With this book, any organization can tap into DAU's winning strategies for nurturing innovation, facilitating reform, and improving organizational performance.
Leading a Learning Revolution tells the compelling story of a learning revolution that took place within the U.S. Department of Defense. Written by practitioners who actually walked the walk, this account of the creation of Defense Acquisition University (DAU) provides a clear blueprint that others can follow. It shares, in detail, the best practices they developed, so that the thousands of training organizations worldwide striving to create premier corporate universities can catapult forward.
Offering an insiderÕs look at the process, the authors clearly explain how they transformed an outdated training provider into a world-class university. Step-by-step the book outlines the enduring principles that were pivotal to Defense Acquisition UniversityÕs success and describes the environment, early victories, current methods, and subsequent results. The authors discuss how to establish a mission and vision, develop a performance-based strategic planning process, and tackle change initiative. They also explain the development and implementation of web-enabled learning architecture and reveal how to effectively measure and evaluate performance. In addition, the authors present strategies for assuring continual improvement and organizational growth. With this book, any organization can tap into DAUÕs best practices and winning strategies for improving corporate learning.
About the Author
Frank J. Anderson (pictured left), is president of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). Under his leadership, DAU was selected the top learning and development organization in the United States in 2004, receiving the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Best Award, recognizing organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success or achievement. Anderson also was selected by his peers as the 2004 Chief Learning Officer of the Year, and again in 2006 as Leader of the Year during the Corporate University Best-in-Class Awards.
Christopher R. Hardy, Ph.D. (pictured right), is the strategic planner for the Defense Acquisition University. Prior to his current position, he also served as a strategic planner in private industry becoming a vice president, INNOLOG, Inc., a global supply chain logistics company, headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
Jeffrey Leeson is a professional writer and editor. He lives in New York City and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table of Contents
About the Authors.
1. Defense Acquisition University.
The Birth of DAU.
A Collection of Schoolhouses.
Redesigning and Retooling DAU.
2. Organizational Alignment.
Understanding Our Role.
The DAU Environment.
Conferences and Symposia.
4. Set the Direction.
Get in the Game.
A Living, Dynamic Process.
5. Establish a Learning Architecture.
Simple but Powerful.
The Performance Learning Model.
Implementing the PLM.
Optimizing the PLM.
6. Develop a Smart Evaluation Strategy.
Why We Measure.
What We Measure.
How We Measure.
How We use Data.
7. Never Stop Improving.
More, Faster, Better.
Moving to the Future.
8. The Future.
The Future Is Now.
Intellectual Capital Valuation.
Appendix A: DAU Strategic Partners.
Appendix B: DAU Performance Plan.
Appendix C: DAU Annual Performance Report.
Appendix D: Example Award Application.
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