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™
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 contacted LSA to help us with customized management development. LSA worked with me to identify a solution that would meet our exact needs. We decided to start at the top and ran the program for our executive team. It was such a great success that we hope to roll it out companywide. We look forward to a long-term partnership with LSA Global and their team of experts.
Barry L. Byrd, SPHR
Human Resources Manager
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.
Vice President of Human Resources
I have worked with other training companies and found it to be more of a seller/buyer relationship than one of matching the right expertise to our business issues. That’s what LSA does – ask the hard questions, listen, and understand our business needs. We receive the benefit of their expertise from assistance with personal development plans to enhancing team performance, to looking at enterprise-wide challenges. It’s all about helping our business succeed as we grow. Right now, LSA is providing great ideas, a fresh approach, and valuable guidance as we develop our management team and accelerate our client relationship management results.
Director, Team Development
For our go to training outsourcing partner, LSA provides exactly what we want. As always, they deliver outstanding work!
Director, Organizational Excellence & Development
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.
Thank you to LSA Global for their partnership and support in helping us to design and roll-out our valuable management development training program. I personally have partnered with LSA Global at four of my previous companies. It continues to be a delight working with LSA. We look forward to partnering with them at Blackhawk Networks for future training and consulting needs.
VP 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!
Director of HR
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.
Learning & Development
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.
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.
Director, Human Resources
I continue to be impressed by the level of leadership development and management expertise and quality of advice and facilitation that LSA has to offer. What a smart and client-centric group of great people who really know how to help leaders attract, engage, develop and retain top talent.
Director, HR Business Partner
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.
“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.”
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.
HR Program Manager
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.
Senior HR Manager - Staffing, Training, & Development
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