LSA Transfer of Training™ Methodology

How to Make Training Work.

A proven approach to transfer training.

“We engaged LSA Global to help facilitate a group of L&D professionals (a challenge in and of itself) around a curriculum redesign we were embarking on. Not only did LSA provide masterful facilitation, but they consistently grounded and connected our thinking back to the business relevance, the transfer of training and impact, providing a powerful and meaningful foundation for us to work from. The results were innovative, thought provoking and exciting – exactly what we needed. I can’t thank them enough.”

Amanda Garrett | Associate Director, Learning & Development | Gilead Sciences

Like most business leaders, we believe that training should “make sense” from a business, budget, and cultural perspective.  Unfortunately too many learning initiatives (up to 90% by some accounts) fail, are over budget, or provide no lasting or tangible business outcome.

How can you be different?  Based upon over 800 training measurement projects, we use three simple, yet powerful, transfer of training frameworks to make a meaningful impact on the people and the business:

    1. LSA Global Learning Maturity Continuum™ to set and manage expectations
    2. LSA Training RAI™ to create relevance, adoption and impact
    3. LSA 5Ri™ to make learning stick

 


1. LSA Global Learning Maturity Continuum™
We customize our approach to fully align with each client’s specific objectives and level of learning maturity.  This flexible and client-centric approach allows us to help clients manage expectations and move up the Learning Maturity Continuum at a pace that works for their culture, their budget and their business.  We start by asking a few key questions related to the transfer of training:

  • Current: Where are you on the Learning Maturity Continuum™?
  • Desired: Where would you like to be on the Learning Maturity Continuum™?
  • Outcomes: If you achieved your desired level of learning maturity, how would that manifest itself for your people and your business?
  • Transfer of Training™: Are you willing to do what it takes to connect the Adoption and Alignment disconnects that occur for most training initiatives?

                                                                                                                                                                    

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When designed and implemented correctly, we believe that value can be achieved at all 5 levels. We also believe that each stage has unique challenges that must be carefully and correctly managed to succeed.

  1. Improvised – Stage 1: Unintentional, informal, and inconsistent learning that is decentralized, autonomous, and unpredictable.
  2. Foundational – Stage 2: Formal, basic, and consistent learning using common language, approaches, and tools.
  3. Capable – Stage 3: Consistent, comprehensive performance-based approach focused on job specific performance.
  4. Targeted – Stage 4: Explicitly institutionalized, integrated, and driven by key business priorities and results.
  5. Aligned – Stage 5: Embedded and explicit alignment of strategy, learning, performance, and results.

Are you doing what it takes to avoid the two most common pitfalls?  Download Transfer of Connecting the Disconnects – Achieving the Real ROI of Learning to learn more.

 


2. LSA Training RAI™
Once you know where you are and where you want to be on the Learning Maturity Continuum™, we use a simple, yet powerful, framework to set our clients up for success. It is called Training RAI™. The model has three core transfer of training principles:

  1. Training should be Relevant enough.
  2. Training should be Adopted enough.
  3. Training should make enough of an Impact.

                                                                                                                                                                    

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These principles are based upon the concept that training should be treated as a change initiative, not an event if you want to change behavior, performance and business results.

Relevance
First, each learning solution should be highly relevant to three key stakeholders (1) The Target Audience, (2) Their Bosses, and (3) The Business/Executive Team. We call this 3×3 Relevance – without it learning leaders often struggle to get initiatives off the ground or fully implemented.

Adoption
Second, the new skills, knowledge, and behaviors must be consistently adopted by at least 50% of your target population. Without on-the-job application, a disconnect will occur between learning objectives (skills and knowledge) and performance objectives (desired results).  Without skill adoption, behavior change and performance improvement will languish.

Impact
Third, the impact on the people and the business needs to be measured to create accountability for execution and to provide actionable feedback for coaching.  Contrary to popular belief, this can be done fairly quickly and easily.  If it is unclear whether your learning solution is making a difference, it is difficult to get meaningful behavior change or performance improvement.

Overall, the greater the 3×3 Relevance, the more you need to invest in Adoption and Impact to get the desired results for your people and your business. The lower the 3×3 Relevance, the more you need to challenge the value of fully investing in a systemic learning solution.  To learn more, download, How to Increase the Adoption and Impact of Training Using RAI.

 


3. LSA 5Ri™
We define Transfer of Training as the process by which you ensure that the desired knowledge, skills, and attitudes transfer from the simulated workshop environment to predefined on-the-job behavior and performance changes.  Ideally, the desired changes should be directly linked to key business initiatives or objectives and have high 3×3 Relevance as discussed above.

Our experience and research tell us that most training initiatives consistently fall short for two reasons.  (1) They are not fully implemented or executed and (2) They do not show measurable improvements in performance or in business results.  These two factors have rightfully created ambiguity and cynicism around training as a strategic investment. After all, why would an organization want to invest in something without clearly understanding how it will impact their people or their business?

In order to ensure the Transfer of Training, we know that organizations need to focus on 5 key elements to drive measurable and sustainable results for their people and their business:

                                                                                                                                                                    

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  1. Relevance: How does the skill development apply directly to an individual’s role and the group’s purpose?
  2. Resources: How are the necessary time, information, tools, technology, supporting processes, and structures being made available to help produce the desired result?
  3. Reinforcement: How is your environment supporting (incentives, consequences, recognition, etc.) the application of the new skills?
  4. Renewal: How is the organization ensuring continuous improvement through coaching, mentoring, follow-up, and refreshers?
  5. Review: How are you evaluating the efficacy of the intervention at individual and group levels?

While many companies philosophically believe in “investing in people” through skill building, most are content with allowing the results to “take care of themselves.” From our experience, the probability of this approach succeeding and having a tangible impact on the people or the business is slim.

We believe that every learning investment must be managed appropriately if you expect a benefit.  To learn more about the transfer of training, download The Number 1 Reason Training Initiatives Fail According to Executives.

 

In my years working with LSA, it seems like I’ve had a personal consultant at my fingertips to help me identify just the right solution to satisfy our needs. The entire LSA team has become a trusted friend of Actel — assuring we provide state-of-the-art learning to meet our complex, high-tech business and people needs.

Linda Mitchell
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PalmSource has found our relationship with LSA extremely beneficial. We worked closely with LSA to customize the right Management Training Program solution to meet our unique business needs. LSA is a quality organization, one that I’d recommend to any company looking for a first class training and consulting partner.

Ken Boehm
Vice President of Human Resources

LSA’s Employee Engagement Consulting and Survey work has provided critical visibility into: how well our people are holding up under the general economic environment, as well as, the specific challenges that face biotechnology companies in their efforts to discover and develop new medicines; their level of alignment and commitment to XOMA’s Vision and mission critical strategies; how leadership practices and management systems support an environment that engender commitment, and the specific actions that our leaders can take to improve on areas that are important to our people. I highly recommend LSA’s employee engagement solutions.

Chris Wells
Vice President, HR and IT

“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

I consistently look to LSA Global when I need custom programs put together for my client groups. I can always count on LSA to do a thorough needs analysis and to put together spectacular programs that are well received. Their management development and performance management expertise and professionalism make them one of my top-rated learning and development partners.

Stephanie Webb
HR Program Manager

Rambus

We value our relationship with LSA Global. We came to LSA because we wanted to improve overall behavioral based interviewing capabilities of our managers to increase the probability of both hiring top talent and future leaders. LSA designed a highly customized solution for our business and culture. We are currently rolling out this solution to our leaders. I would highly recommend LSA Global as a top quality resource.

Rae Phillips
HR Project Manager - Training & Development, PHR

Hyperion has a commitment to lifelong learning. LSA helps us provide the right business sales training, management training programs, and leadership development programs at the right time to meet the needs of both individuals and departments. I especially appreciate their ability to listen to my needs and recommend the appropriate facilitators, solutions and content.

Sarah Parks
Senior Project Manager

Hyperion

Harmonic has worked with LSA for over 8 years. We have found their partnership extremely beneficial. We recently implemented a Management Development Program that was designed and customized to support our company’s strategic initiative of hiring, building, and retaining key intellectual property and human talent. We worked closely with LSA to target and implement the right solutions with the greatest impact. I would recommend LSA to any company that’s looking for a trusted training and development partner.

Janice Passarello
Director of 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

VNUS Medical has been very pleased with the effective management development programs that LSA Global has delivered for us over the last four years. The programs have been universally facilitated by experienced and best in class instructors. The knowledge gained by our management team has been put into practice very quickly. VNUS is very happy to be working in partnership with LSA because they consistently deliver excellent programs that receive exceptional feedback from our management team.

Cindee Van Vleck
Director Human Resources

Here’s a token of my appreciation for ALL your efforts. I’m offering my most sincere appreciation, and it extends to all the folks who made our customized management development programs possible.

Susan Anderson
Workforce Planning Bureau

The Next Generation Management Development courses have helped me communicate more effectively with my peers and teammates. By utilizing effective communication techniques such as clarifying and confirming, and asking open ended questions, I have been able to clarify and understand information in situations where I would have otherwise asked limited questions and made false assumptions.

Robert Breckner
Firmware Engineering Manager

The Managing Virtual Teams program was extremely valuable. Your consultant/ facilitator’s fundamental knowledge of Synopsys as a company provided an incredible base to build upon while tackling the complications of managing and working with globally distributed teams. My team walked away walked away with highly useful practices and tools. It was an excellent use of our time.

Debra Martucci
Vice President, Information Technology

We signed up with LSA early on–as their 22nd Member! Since then, our organization’s learning needs have increased and decreased and increased again with the changing times. The beauty of the LSA business model is its flexibility…when we needed to supplement our own internal resources, we used LSA services knowing that we could depend on the outstanding quality of the leadership development and management training programs they provide.

Margie Bunting
HR Manager

I am very impressed with the quality of work and talent. LSA did a great job of listening to my needs and providing the exact management training program expertise I needed to get the job done.

Don Pryor
Director, Business Planning & Analysis

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