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Strategic Learning Alignment

By  Rita Mehegan Smith

Strategic Learning Alignment: Make Training a Powerful Business Partner

Strategic Learning Alignment shows you how to align your training initiatives to organizational strategy to ensure training stays relevant and is seen by business leaders as vital to the organization’s success.

Aligning your training initiatives to organizational strategy and objectives ensures that training stays relevant and has a major hand in achieving organizational goals. Readers will learn how to use the language and tools of business to create unprecedented alignment of learning with their business partners. You will learn how to assess your current level of alignment, understand your business customer and its goals, engage business leaders, and communicate your results. This book provides a detailed model, real-world application, and tools to help readers take and keep their seat at the table.


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Rita Mehegan Smith
Rita Mehegan Smith is vice president of enterprise learning for Ingersoll Rand, a $12 billion global industrial company. As dean of Ingersoll Rand University, Smith is responsible for providing leadership education and developing strategic organizational competencies for Rand worldwide. With more than 28 years of progressive leadership experience in the learning and development field, Smith is a popular presenter at business-centered learning workshops and conferences. She holds an MBA and EdD and sits on the advisory board for The Wharton School's CLO program.


Strategic alignment—we all know how important it is for the learning function. Finally, an excellent, practical, and concise book dedicated completely to acheiving strategic alignment and making it an essential part of your business.
Ed Betof, EdD
Aresty Center Fellow
Wharton Executive Education
University of Pennsylvania
I am thrilled that Rita is putting to paper what she has been practicing for years. Rita Smith was on the leading edge of transforming training to run like a business year ago and she continues to do it today. Her strategic learning alignment tool will help all learning organizations who struggle with how to ensure their work is relevant, linked to important business priorities, and delivering measurable value. Leading with business is always a good thing. This book is a must read. Well done, Rita!
Edward A. Trolley
Vice President of Managed Training Services, NIIT (USA)
Co-author of Running Training Like A Business
Rita Smith’s approach to strategic learning alignment is one that is right on the money for our ongoing challenging business environment. The practical model and approaches in this book will enable any learning leader to ensure they are focused on what really matters most—helping their business succeed!
Rob Lauber
CLO, Yum Foods


Book Details

ISBN: 9781562867409

Pages: 184

Publisher: ASTD Press

Pub Date: June 2011

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111103

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