Training Needs Assessment

How to pinpoint development needs and align leadership.

“I think we learned a lot in this project. I would definitely look for ways to use your assessment services again. I’m interested in finding ways to do periodic follow-ups to assess progress. The final output was truly a collaboration between our two organizations. The payoff was the correlation between assessment results and actual performance.”
Director | US Sales Operations | Fortune 500 Technology Firm

Most assessments are not only statistically invalid, but they are often implemented in a way to inhibit trust, decrease relevance, and waste time.

As stated by Robert A. Humphrey, “An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions.” We pride ourselves on a proven training needs assessment service that finds the root cause, creates alignment, initiates the change process, and targets development areas that have the most business impact. Our training needs assessment services support our core belief in the Transfer of Training™ and the required impact on the business through increased revenue, decreased costs and/or increased productivity. Our company, group or individual level assessment tools provide powerful data to:

  • Initiate the change process
  • Align leadership and employees
  • Pinpoint skill gaps against a proven standard
  • Customize workshops
  • Predispose participants
  • Guide coaching and Individual Development Plans
  • Set baseline metrics
  • Target investments
  • Determine the root cause
  • Obtain buy-in

Training needs assessments are offered as an on-demand service. There is no hardware, software, or related infrastructure to purchase and maintain. The end result is a highly available, scalable, and secure application available to participants 24/7 anywhere on the globe.

We believe that the purpose of a training needs assessment should be to answer the questions: “What is holding us back?” and “Where should we focus?” We also believe that assessments should be customized to each unique environment, be outcome-based (not opinion-based), and compare skills to actual performance to guide strategies.

In addition to interviews and focus groups, LSA Global offers three proven online options that are augmented by key leadership interviews:

Training Needs Assessment Services

1.  What Are the Critical “Money Making” Skills?

Leader Assess™ training needs assessment surveys are used to identify the “Money Making” skills. The Leader Assess™ is an online training assessment completed by executives and leaders to help them prioritize skills in three areas:

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In addition to interviews and focus groups, LSA Global offers three proven online options that are augmented by key leadership interviews:Created from a bank of 150+ behaviorally-based questions, the assessment is a proven tool to drive executive alignment, buy-in, and focus. View a sample training assessment question Leader Assess™.

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2.  Where Are the Key Gaps and Priorities?

Team Assess™ training needs assessment surveys are used to answer the question “What are the strengths and limiters of my team or target audience?” related to our business. The Team Assess™ needs assessment survey is completed by the “masses” to help identify:

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Created from a bank of 150+ behaviorally-based questions, the Team Assess™ is a proven tool to drive alignment, buy-in, and focus for a specific target audience.

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3.  What should I do differently?

Individual Development™ Plans are used to answer the question “What can I do about it?” The customized profiles are used to help drive individual performance coaching sessions. Combined with the Leader Assess™ and Team Assess™, the Individual Development™ Plans are an invaluable development tool for one-on-one follow through and development.

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LSA Global can deliver each survey in more than a dozen languages simultaneously including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hebrew, Swedish, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai.

If you would like to learn how our training needs assessment expertise has helped leading organizations across multiple industries succeed, please contact us.

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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.

Kristin Westland-Kaune
Director, Team Development

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A key to performance improvement is strongly linked to cultivating the proper type of motivation. Since the performance management training, I have been much more focused on identifying and discussing how our actions in Engineering create value to IGT’s success. So far, the feedback has been positive. The group appears to be more accountable for their actions, and victim loop reactions are less frequent. The value proposition for me and those groups we work with is better teamwork, higher spirits, and a better outlook for things to come in the future (renewed enthusiasm).

Stewart Thoeni
Mechanical, HW Engineering Director

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The action-learning leadership project has been very beneficial to me, our leadership team, and the entire organization. The balance of development and results has been excellent. We have made huge progress, and I was also able to identify 2-3 high potentials while having the extra benefit of people stepping up to carry strategic projects forward. The Staff is very appreciative and has become very comfortable with both the program and the process. It is still going better than anticipated, and I have been very pleased.

Heather Feltman
President & CEO

LSS

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 leadership. The combination of targeted tools, technology, coaching, performance plans, training and reinforcement made all the difference.

The pilot program in EMEA was a big success and the program quantifiably improved new employee and hiring manager satisfaction and increased the speed to productivity 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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Having a training outsourcing partner like LSA to support our training and development needs has been a real benefit. In an emerging company where typically you can’t afford the infrastructure necessary to provide a full range of development venues to meet the broad needs of an organization, having an external partner who understands our business and our culture and offers everything from a wide range of open enrollment programs to customized organizational development consulting is almost as good (and in some cases better than) having your own internal Training and Organizational Development function.

Chris Wells
Vice President, HR and IT

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We have had a very beneficial partnership with LSA for over 2 years. The recent Leadership Development Program that they designed and customized with us to help us identify, develop, and retain top leaders in the organization was a huge success. It was instrumental in helping take our company and our key people to the next level. I would recommend their training and consulting services to anyone looking to develop and retain top talent.

Steve Janowsky
Vice President of Operations

Proxicom

The LSA Alignment Survey gave us a comprehensive and poignant view of how our employees experience our culture, talent and strategy.  LSA customized the questions so we received information that was targeted and very useful to us.  Equally important, the survey and implementation process goes well beyond the typical engagement survey.  The combination of questions and feedback approach provided us with a great forum to discuss the strengths and opportunities in our organization, and then to quickly get focused on the key actions critical to our strategy implementation and improving our business results.

Mark Forrest
General Manager, FSM Division

Trimble

What a personal and professional pleasure it has been to Partner with LSA. They are truly a strategic partner with Wyse. For more than 5 years, LSA has been engaged in delivering various training and development solutions for Wyse, from custom on-site programs targeting specific core competencies, to working individually with clients to build job skills, and offering invaluable services to me and my team as we continue to build our learning programs. LSA’s representatives do more than sell a product, they offer a full service solution: they understand our business, our strategic initiatives, and the needs of our customers.

Jeff Rangel
Director of HR

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It was a challenge to find a consultant with an approach to performance improvement that fit our unique culture and style. When we met with LSA we were surprised to discover their depth of expertise in the fields of motivation, developmental coaching and performance management and measurement.

Specifically, we were pleasantly surprised to find a company that could seamlessly integrate those three components without our folks feeling like the intervention was forced. They understood what we were trying to accomplish, helped us clarify our objectives, create a solid, refreshing approach that quickly got us moving and engaged people at all levels.

As they began to implement, I was thoroughly impressed with how they listened and made adaptations focused on our needs and business objectives. Overall, I couldn’t be happier that we found a partner in LSA.

Doug Hansen
President and Director

Redwood Trust

LSA Global has provided our Employee Engagement Survey for the past 3 years. Their ability to administer the survey, help us sort through complex organizational changes that impact reporting, and provide flexible, customized report formats gives a high level of comfort and confidence in the work. The survey results have helped us identify and take actions to address the concerns of our Gen Y workforce. In all, LSA provides us with great value, and I would highly recommend them.

Mike Normant
Senior Director, Training & Development

Service Source

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 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

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

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LSA Global has been a great partner in helping ServiceSource move toward its Vision of being “the leading developer of talent in the service performance management industry.” I have engaged LSA’s services to help develop best-in-class programs in the areas of: Executive On-boarding, Manager Training, Sales Training, Employee Engagement and Instructional Design. They have consistently met or exceeded my (very) high expectations and are always responsive to my needs.

Mike Normant
Senior Director, Training & Development

Service Source

I’m not sure if I’ve run across a company that can match the depth and quality of LSA’s consultants and facilitators. I highly recommend LSA to anyone seeking a strategic training outsourcing and consulting partner to improve performance.

Jeff Coon
VP Human Resources

Exelixis

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