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ATD's Action Guide to Talent Development
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Table of Contents

  • I. Identify and Clarify the Organization's Learning Foundation
  • 1. Your Organization's Learning Culture
  • 2. Leaders Champion Learning
  • 3. Employees Value Lifelong Learning
  • 4. Everyone has a Learning Mindset
  • 5. Clarifying Your Organization's Readiness
  • II. Develop a Talent Development Strategy
  • 6. Build a Business Case for Learning
  • 7. Enhance Your Organizational and Industry Savvy
  • 8. Expand Talent Development's Role
  • 9. Partner with Business to Become Trusted Advisors
  • III. Create an Operating Plan:
  • 10. Align TD to the Organization's Needs
  • 11. Manage the TD Function Like a Business
  • 12. Balance Services and Budget
  • 13. Leverage Technology for Learning
  • IV. Reinforce an Organizational Talent Development Mindset
  • 14. Evolving Your Organization's Learning Culture
  • 15. How Your Organization Learns to Perform
  • 16. Managers Develop their Employees
  • 17. Employees are Accountable for Their Development
  • 18. Talent Development Professionals are Consultants
  • V. Design and Deliver Learning
  • 19. Stay on the Cutting Edge of Contemporary Design and Delivery
  • 20. Select the Most Effective Formal Learning
  • 21. Support Learning from Others
  • 22. Encourage Learning On-the-Job
  • 23. Explore Other Services Provided by TD Professionals
  • VI. Fortify the Learning
  • 24. Empower Employees to Learn
  • 25. Enable Social Learning
  • 26. Coach Managers
  • 27. Foster Persistent Self-Learning
  • 28. Develop Your TD Staff
  • VII. Define and Measure the Impact
  • 29. Demonstrate Organizational Impact of TD
  • 30. Identify Evaluation Methods
  • 31. Start a Meaningful Evaluation Process
  • 32. Plan for the Future of Evaluation
  • VIII. Prepare for the Future
  • 33. The Workplace of the Future
  • 34. The Workforce of the Future
  • 35. Talent Development Future Trends
  • 36. Guiding Your Organization's Future
  • Appendix A. Worksheets and Checklists
  • Appendix B Contributor Bios
  • References
  • Author Bio
  • Index

About the Author

Elaine Biech, president of ebb associates inc, a strategic implementation, leadership development, and experiential learning consulting firm, has been in the field for 30 years helping organizations work through large-scale change. She has presented at dozens of national and international conferences and has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Management Update, Investor's Business Daily, and Fortune Magazine. She is the author and editor of over 50 books, including the ASTD Hand Book for Workplace Learning Professionals, ASTD Leadership Handbook, 10 Steps to Successful Training, The Ultimate Trainer, Thriving Through Change, The Business of Consulting, 2nd ed., and Training for Dummies. A longtime volunteer for ATD (formerly ASTD), she has served on ATD's National Board of Directors, was the recipient of the 1992 ASTD Torch Award, the 2004 ASTD Volunteer Staff Partnership Award, and the 2006 Gordon Bliss Memorial Award. Elaine was instrumental in compiling the CPLP study guides and has designed five ATD certificate programs. In addition to her work with ATD, she has served on the Independent Consultants Association's (ICA) Advisory Committee and on the Instructional Systems Association (ISA) board of directors.

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