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The Great Training Robbery

In this video recording, Cranfield University experts explain how to avoid bad practices and learn five key impact drivers for executive education in your organization


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In this  recent IEDP webinar we share insights into the things to do and things to avoid to maximise the impact of your executive development spend. 

5 years on from the incendiary HBR article, ‘The Great Training Robbery’, join us for a frank and progressive conversation around the organizational impact of executive development. 

Drawing on 15 years of research into the impact of executive development at the organizational level, the key message is ‘buyer beware’—nothing works in all contexts.

“By investing in training that is not likely to yield a good return, senior executives and their HR professionals are complicit in what we have come to call the ‘great training robbery.’”—Harvard Business Review, 2016

View a video of this revealing live event with expert guests from Cranfield Executive Development, for  practical ideas on what can be done to address this persistent challenge.

Today, post-pandemic, there has never been a better point for the industry to reset and reboot it’s thinking and practice around impact. 

Dr Wendy Shepherd, Director of Individual and Organizational Impact, and Mark Threlfall, Director of Executive Development, both of Cranfield Executive Development, Cranfield University, deliver a session that both debunks bad practices – the common value destroyers in executive education – and provides a framework of five key impact drivers, that will transform your own thinking and results around impact. 

The webinar addresses these difficult questions: how do we truly generate 'value' through executive development? How can you maximise the return that organizations get from their investment in executive development? Absolutely critical questions for HR professionals and talent leaders at all levels.

Thinking: brilliantly applied for the decade ahead

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