Learning & Development Toolkit

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Effective learning leaders improve skills, knowledge and behaviors that impact business performance by ensuring the training strategy is clear, assessing what matters most, developing top talent and measuring results.

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TRAINING STRATEGY AND STRUCTURE ARTICLES

  • 5 Most Common Training Function Strategies and Key Mistakes to Avoid from the Start
    There are many different paths to creating a successful training function. In our experience, however, there are 5 main strategic approaches that differentiate one training function from another. One direction is not necessarily better than another. Rather, the key is to create a core focus that works in your specific environment and addresses your most pressing needs.
  • Top 10 Shifts for the Learning & Development Function
    While many industries have matured and improved over the last decade, we believe that the training industry as a whole and the training function in general, continue to lag behind other business functions in terms of innovation, approach, and business impact.
  • Top 10 Training Function Warning Signs
    If you believe that the business and performance impact of your training programs may not hold up under scrutiny from your CEO, then you should make sure that you are avoiding the top 10 warning signs that your training function may be in trouble.
  • How to Build Smarter Training Budgets
    Building a smarter training budget is about ensuring that training investments get meaningful results. Those results must be relevant to the business and are rarely achieved by doing training “as cheaply as possible.”
  • Build vs. Buy? Lessons Learned about Outsourcing the Training Function
    Does it make more sense to develop the solution internally or use outside resources? Read more for the key highlights.

TRAINING ASSESSMENT & DESIGN ARTICLES

  • How to Raise the Bar through Training Assessments
    The majority of learning initiatives continue to bypass individual skill assessments prior to designing or delivering new programs. Skipping over this first step of assessing gaps is one of the root causes driving a nearly 90%+ learning program failure rate.
  • Three Training Roll-out Strategies – the Pro’s and Con’s
    There are many obstacles to the successful Transfer of Training™. But if you carefully consider three training implementation strategies when rolling out a learning solution, you’ll be much more likely to achieve the results you seek.
  • 3 Steps to Building a Smarter Training Initiative
    Building smarter training initiatives is about ensuring that training investments get meaningful results that are relevant to the business. Here are the three steps that we have found to be most effective.
  • 5 Key Training Questions to Always Ask
    While training is just one of many tools that can be used to increase revenue, decrease costs, or increase productivity, there are some general questions that should be considered before undertaking any learning initiative.
  • Action Learning: 7 Design Best Practices
    Would you be surprised to find that most Action Learning Programs do not change behavior or deliver true business results?
  • Old School vs. New School Instructional Design
    Instructional design does not have to be expensive, slow and frustrating. We believe that custom-designed solutions for both internal and external customers can often be better, faster and cheaper than off-the-shelf solutions.

TRAINING MEASUREMENT & REINFORCEMENT ARTICLES

  • 5 Resources Required to Effectively Transfer Learning
    One of the major reasons is a lack of Resources – before, during, and after a learning initiative. As part of our ongoing series on the implementation of learning initiatives, this is our second paper on our revolutionary 5Ri™ Methodology.
  • 5 Things Your Training Company Does NOT Want You to Know
    Most training company recommendations and advice should be taken with a grain of salt. Learn about the Top 5 things that training companies don’t want you to know about their business.
  • Measurement of Training: 5 Easy Steps
    Like running a marathon, measuring the business results of soft skills is viewed by most people with a mixture of fear and loathing.  It can and has been done.  And the good news is that it is not as difficult as others would lead you to believe.
  • Number 1 Reason Training Initiatives Fail According to Executives
    When we talk to HR and training, they consistently tell us that learning initiatives fail for one of three reasons. Executives tell us that all three assumptions are incorrect.

About LSA Global
LSA Global is a performance consulting, training and coaching firm that helps companies grow 58% faster and become 72% more profitable by aligning their culture and talent to their strategy. We measure our success in terms of our client’s success in increasing revenue, decreasing costs, and improving productivity. If we do not make an impact, you do not pay. It is that simple.

LSA Global was founded in 1995 on the principle that training “by itself” will not drive tangible change or business results. Companies that are not satisfied with traditional training and consulting approaches like to work with us because we get results. We are fiercely devoted to their success.

We partnered with LSA to help custom design, deliver, and measure an advanced new employee on-boarding and measurement process. The process was well thought out and bought into by sales leadership. The combination of targeted sales tools, technology, coaching, performance plans, training and reinforcement made all the difference.  The pilot program in EMEA was a big success and the solution quantifiably improved new employee and hiring manager satisfaction and increased the speed to sales quota for new hires. We are continuing to work with LSA Global to scale the program in other GEOs and expand to cover more roles at VMware.  I would recommend LSA Global for any sales enablement team looking to increase the engagement and speed to productivity of their sales force. We are excited to implement the program globally across VMware as we continue to scale.

Rochana Golani
Director, Global Field Readiness

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We engaged LSA to design and deliver a 6-month custom executive coaching program for a group of our key leaders. The focus of the program was to help a core group of senior leaders to leverage previous investments in management training, to ensure the engagement and retention of key employees, and to push critical strategic initiatives forward. Even with the high expectations of our senior people, LSA has completely exceeded our expectations. I would recommend them to anyone looking to create and implement a custom coaching methodology using proven tools to drive true change.

Ivan Fukumoto
Senior HR Manager - Staffing, Training, & Development

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I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed working with LSA on the design and delivery of the experiential new employee on-boarding training. I’ve been getting tons of positive unsolicited feedback. You truly exceeded everyone’s expectations.

Steven Gray
US Enterprise Services

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LSA brought a very effective training design, and implementation approach to help us create a common language around our corporate training. As a fast growing company with a geographically dispersed workforce, their expertise in this area was invaluable to us in driving consistency, creating a sense of belonging for our employees, and developing a common language for all of us to use.

Binod Taterway
CEO

Blue Canopy

LSA Global’s consultant brought a fresh perspective to our behavioral based interviewing strategy for two key executive positions we needed to fill, and their consultant helped us develop questions that produced a much deeper understanding of candidates’ capabilities. I am confident that the two new executives joining our organization have the right skills to add significant value. Throughout the process LSA was also very responsive in dealing with short lead time requests.

Because of the unique nature of our business, Excel is a core application in our accounting organization. After three attempts to find an Excel consultant who is capable of helping our finance team integrate advanced applications into our work processes we found LSA and Alex. He was not only a “Real” Excel expert but was masterful in helping us identify where to use Excel applications in our processes to increase our group’s efficiency.

SPO Partners & Co
Kim Silva, CFO

We consistently receive positive feedback about the quality of the LSA Leadership Training Programs and LSA facilitators. We recognize and appreciate the hard work LSA always goes through to align to our unique culture and meet our specific requirements. Thank you for regularly going above and beyond to design solutions to meet our needs. Your support and dedication, both on the strategic and tactical side, have been outstanding!

Anna Meyer
Leadership Development

Intuit

Thank you for a great leadership development session today. The facilitator was brilliant, and we really enjoyed his style and personality. The sales team got a lot out of it (as did I). I believe it will help us create an even higher performance environment by ensuring we have a common understanding of our environmental structure and are all working towards the same goals.

Simon Jefferson
Managing Director

AKQA

We recently hired LSA to help us take our client delivery methodology to the next level as we continue to grow and help our clients succeed. The custom strategy and design session exceeded my expectations. They really understood our business and turned around the project within a tight timeframe. LSA’s consultants were the best I have seen for this type of project. LSA’s ability to get a group of 20+ executives from around the globe on the same page, push their thinking to new heights, and ensure an executable plan was excellent. I would recommend LSA to anyone looking to take their plans and execution to the next level.

Rob Sturgeon
EVP Client Delivery

Service Source

We held our 1st Year Academy for our new associates last week, and the segment that LSA helped us redesign went exceptionally well. Their instructional design skills made it more relevant, more interactive, and more engaging. We greatly appreciate what LSA did to help us greatly improve a key component of our program!

Larry Brown
Senior Manager, Training & Professional Development

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This was an extremely effective executive strategy session that helped our executive team efficiently navigate through our core objectives. It was exactly what we needed, and the approach was practical and valuable for our specific business and market. I would recommend LSA to anyone looking to push their strategic planning to the next level.

Blake Krikorian
CEO

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As a Training Outsourcing Partner, LSA consistently saves me time and money by designing the right solutions and quickly bringing us the best experts to solve key business problems in a way that works for our unique culture. Their methodology and resources are fantastic and allow us to deploy better solutions faster. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to raise the talent bar with a true strategic partner.

Tim Bonnet
Director of Training and Organizational Development

Dimension Data

I contacted LSA to help us with leadership development. LSA worked with me to identify a solution that would match our needs as well as our personality. The solution was such a huge success. It received rave reviews. I would highly recommend LSA to other companies.

Karen King, SPHR
Manager, Human Resources

Alliance Data

We turned to LSA Global to help take our Information Systems behavioral interviewing process to the next level in terms of both efficiency and effectiveness. LSA quickly understood our unique culture and requirements.  They immediately helped us to improve our ability to continue to hire top talent that fits our culture as we rapidly scale.

Julie Pearl
Technical Program Manager

Google

We partnered with LSA to pilot a customized behavioral interviewing program to help ensure that we continue to hire the best and brightest as we continue to rapidly scale. LSA’s ability to understand our business and our unique culture combined with their desire to ensure that the best practices framework truly fits our performance environment and is highly adopted by our people is a real blessing. Most other firms want to just ‘give you training.’ Not LSA, they are focused on helping me hit our hiring forecasts and attract A players.

Jennifer Remling
Director of Global Recruiting

AKQA

I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with how the new employee on-boarding project went. The end product is wonderful! LSA has been great to work with. I really appreciate all the flexibility and the high quality.

Laurie Torres
Vice President of Human Resources

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