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.

 

We consider LSA Global our outsourced learning and development partner. We worked closely with LSA to customize a management development program to meet our growing business needs. I would highly recommend LSA to any company wanting to deliver quality learning solutions.

Terri Wright-Scheer
Vice President Human Resources

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.

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Director of Global Recruiting

AKQA

LSA is an instrumental training outsourcing partner in helping us to build management capacity and strategically invest in our people. Their flexibility, depth, and breadth of expertise allows us to deliver top quality solutions that are directly tied to key business plans. Their ability to custom design, deliver, and evaluate our Management Curriculum has been excellent. They are true business partners and a pleasure to work with.

Margaret M. Mader
Vice President, Human Resources

Hyperion

“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

Our company engaged LSA to do a specialized “train the trainer” program, and the consultant’s performance outdid our exceptionally high standards for such a program. Very crucial to the success of this program was the work done upfront to discuss our needs and to interview key members of our organization so that the program specifically met our goals. Our facilitators continue to comment on the success of the program. Thanks also for the follow-up.

Frank Abbott
Chief Financial Officer

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

Over the years, both at 3Com and now at Redback, I’ve found LSA Global to be a valuable resource. The recent compliance program that they delivered for Redback’s executive and management team was the right solution, of the highest of quality, and customized to our business and culture. I would highly recommend LSA to any company looking for top quality solutions.

Gina Fulton
Vice President of Human Resources

LSA custom designed a Management Development program that is absolutely “on target” for our technical managers. Their facilitator has done a superb job delivering the material in a way that is fast paced, highly interactive, and fun. She presents practical solutions to the people situations that our managers face every day. I regard LSA as an excellent partner that understands our business needs and a virtual member of our HR department.

Judith Onton
Vice President Human Resources

We recently partnered with LSA Global to offer our Supervisors and Managers a customized two-day management training program. Everyone who attended said it was by far the best management training program they had ever attended. The content was rich and highly interactive. The case studies were relevant. Each participant walked away from the training much better equipped to lead their teams.

Jeff Coon
Director of Human Resources

LSA has been a tremendous asset to my portfolio, both at my current company and my past company. As an HR leader, I am always looking for ways to find external resources that can provide a solution to our management training needs. LSA does that for me. Their solutions are presented in a much more leadership-oriented manner so as to be crisp, business relevant, and easy to apply right back on the job. I will continue to augment our programs using LSA solutions.

Ken Boehm
VP of Human Resources

LSA provided top notch solutions right when and how we needed them. They exceeded my expectations from a speed, quality, and cost standpoint. I recommend them to anyone looking for a true business partner in the Learning and Development arena. The breadth and depth of their expertise has helped us hit tight deadlines across multiple projects.

Fortune 500 Financial Services Company
Director of Infrastructure & Technology

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

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

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.

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Kim Silva, CFO

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

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