4 Learning Tips to Better Support Talent Management

How to Make Learning Stick with new skills going into brain

If you are in charge of talent management at your organization, wouldn’t you welcome better, more effective ways of learning?

Learning is not just a matter of exposure to knowledge. We believe that the aim of learning is to change behaviors and improve individual or team performance.  Success is typically measured by the adoption of new skills and behaviors and the corresponding lift in performance such as increased revenue, decreased costs or increased productivity.  Done right, a learning solution is deployed as a change initiative for a team or group to help solve a specific and important business challenge.  To succeed, learning solutions must:

  • Be highly relevant to three key stakeholders compared to other strategic priorities: (1) The Business, (2) Leadership (including your boss and his peers), and (3) Your Target Audience. We call this 3×3 Relevance.
  • Create adoption by defining and focusing on the critical few skills and scenarios that matter most, ensuring targeted performance coaching and aligning related business processes.
  • Measure impact by correlating high and low skill adoption to your key performance metrics and providing individual coaching scorecards for participants and their manager.

Here are four helpful tips as you undertake to upgrade the knowledge and skills of your workforce as part of your talent management strategy. Learning is more effective when the learner is able to:

  1. Reflect and relate
    What really matters is how you use what you have learned. To understand something is to make connections between what you have learned in order to solve relevant problems. This takes time. Simply memorizing information or tactics does not, by itself, enhance your ability to use them. Think about them, reflect upon how the facts relate to one another and you will find ways to make sense of and access them for future use.
  1. Ask the experts
    Many of us tend to overestimate our skills. We swing the bat the same way as always because, in our own opinion, we are good hitters. But if you really want to learn and improve, you need to be a bit more humble and seek advice and coaching from those who are more skilled than you. An improvement in your at-bat stance and some guided practice could make a world of difference in your batting average. Be willing to ask the experts for help to raise your game.
  1. Mix it up
    Though you may have been told that you learn more effectively through your visual sense than your auditory sense, it is typically better to mix learning styles and adapt them to the material to be learned. If you are trying to learn a piano piece for instance, just reading the musical composition won’t do much. Listen to a recording and practice one hand at a time. Experts tell us to match the content to the process. As much as possible, adapt what you are trying to learn to the most appropriate visual, auditory or kinesthetic learning style.
  1. Do more than simply review the material
    Remember cramming for exams by simply rereading the text? Even if you skipped from one highlighted section to the other, this is basically a form of passive learning…and it is far less effective than more active learning. Try setting up your own series of quiz questions to really test your understanding. Ask what the author was trying to convey, why it is important, and how it relates to what else you have learned. The mental exercise of summarizing facts, drawing conclusions, and thinking through possible ramifications will help you truly absorb the knowledge and make it your own.

    Talent management includes everything you do to hire, retain, develop and reward the right players so they perform at their peak and are ready to take on more challenging roles and responsibilities as needed for the company’s future business success. Learning and development is critical to managing corporate talent well. Use the tips above to help your learners do it right.

    To learn more about improving talent development, download The #1 Reason Training Fails According to Executives.

Comments are closed.

On behalf of Roche and my staff I would like to sincerely thank you for your help with this. The English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment and coaching that you provided for our team was a great success.

Cam Greig
Associate Director

Roche

The LSA Global team was very receptive and flexible to our needs every step of the way. Their staff and facilitator demonstrated attention to detail, responsiveness, and professional courtesy. The participants were thrilled with the outcome and rated the communication skills workshop and the facilitator as ‘Excellent’. I’d highly recommend working with the LSA Global team to meet your professional development needs.

John Mastrorilli
FRDP Leader

Intuit

I have worked with LSA Global at previous companies and welcomed the opportunity to bring them in to support my new organization. We worked closely with LSA to design a solution for our Client Partner Teams and Management Training on both coasts. LSA designed a customized solution for our business and organizational culture. LSA is a quality organization, one that I’d recommend to any company looking for a first class training and consulting partner that makes an impact.

Laurie Torres
Chief People Officer

Congratulations on your pro-activity in establishing this program and developing such an effective New Employee Orientation course.

Farhat Ali
President and Chief Executive Office

Fujitsu

We have worked with LSA Global for our learning and development needs and have always had great success. They helped us recently with customized Management Workshops that we held for the second time. It was fantastic, and I would highly recommend LSA to anyone that is attempting to get immediate and impactful improvements.

Mary Johnston
HR Manager, BU Radiology Informatics

We have been able to utilize LSA’s extensive network of top-notch resources to leverage our investment in employee development. The result has been the cost effective and highly efficient delivery of quality educational and management training programs.

Steve Feller
Vice President, Human Resources

LSA’s consultant designed and delivered a half-day team building solution for our recent conference. It included careful customization to integrate the design with our new mission and values. Everyone had fun and identified key issues with our teamwork. Altogether a great program!

Bob Ward
Director of HR

SeaTel has found our partnership with LSA Global to be very valuable and beneficial. We turned to LSA to customize a supervisory/leadership solution to meet our needs. LSA delivered a customized top quality solution. I’d recommend LSA Global to any company looking for a best-in-class training and consulting partner.

Kortney Riddle
HR Manager

Each program is preceded by an assessment of the participants. The course is then designed to fit the specific parameters and needs of the group. The highly interactive delivery is provided by recognized experts in their fields. On the spot coaching is provided during the program and each participant receives individual follow-up after the course. Courses can be delivered in-person or virtually. Given the nature of Cisco’s business and the way we operate, these remote workshops are a must for anyone who joins our company. Their work is eye opening. Great content and fantastic delivery.

Frank J. Kuypers
Business Development Manager

For our go to training outsourcing partner, LSA provides exactly what we want. As always, they deliver outstanding work!

Elizabeth Siebert
Director, Organizational Excellence & Development

Intuit

LSA’s approach and ability to bring the best resources to eBay has been a great asset. They really focus on helping us succeed in any way they can and are very flexible in meeting our management and talent needs.

Mike Normant
Learning & Development

ebay

LSA helped us design and deliver a blended learning solution for our leaders to help drive our growth plans in a way that aligned with our specific culture and values. LSA understood our business, had deep expertise in the content areas, tailored the programs to fit our specific needs, and delivered great results. They constantly strive to deliver business impact and align their solutions with our business initiates, culture, and performance management systems. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to take their leaders to the next level.”

Beth A. Taylor
Vice President of Human Resources

Thoratec

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

“We turned to LSA to help us custom design and deliver a leadership and management development curriculum to help drive performance. They have done an excellent job diagnosing the business situation, designing an approach that fits our culture, and delivering a first class solution.”

Sally Buchannan
VP Human Resources

We partnered with LSA Global to help us invest in our people in the areas of performance coaching, diversity, and inclusion. They focused on helping us succeed and were very flexible in meeting our specific needs. LSA Global exceeded my expectations from a speed, quality, and value standpoint. I would recommend LSA Global to anyone looking for a true business partner.

Anita Luckinbill
Director, Human Resources

Evaluate your Performance

Toolkits

Toolkits

Download key published insights and tools from industry experts highlighting best practices in the areas of talent, strategy and culture.

More

Health Checks

Health Checks

Want to know how you stack up against leading organizations?  Receive a complimentary benchmarking analysis courtesy of an LSA Expert.

More

Whitepapers

Whitepapers

Get up to speed on timely solutions critical to your business. Published by LSA Experts based upon client feedback and key industry trends.

More

Methodology

Methodologies

First we identify the key metrics you want to improve. Then we assemble a dedicated team of elite experts who have successfully solved similar problems with similar clients.

More

Blogs

Stay up to do date with the latest information on how we help high growth companies align their culture and talent with strategy.

More

Case Studies

Client Case Studies

Real world consulting and training approaches from LSA projects, providing insights on how your company can outperform the competition.

More