Turning Learning into Action: A Proven Methodology for Effective Transfer of Learning

  • 4h 25m
  • Emma Weber
  • Kogan Page
  • 2014

Using conventional approaches to training, an average of just 10-20% of learning makes it back into the workplace and contributes to better business outcomes. With the increased emphasis on efficiency and cost-effectiveness, the pressure is on trainers to make learning truly valuable. Successful learning is not just about good content and well-executed programs but about finding ways to facilitate genuine behavioral change and accountability in the workplace.

Using her own TLA methodology, L&D expert Emma Weber takes learning a step further. TLA focuses on consistent, systematic follow-up after the training event to facilitate significant behavioral change. The three-step process breaks down who should be conducting the follow up and when, what questions should be asked and what to do when trainees get off track.

Turning Learning into Action enables trainers and L&D professionals to communicate what is required to get results from training and where the responsibility lies, understand the common pitfalls in the learning transfer process and how to overcome them, know exactly what they have to do in order to transform learning effectiveness through a cost-effective, practical solution and assess future training to establish which training requires learning transfer and which does not.

With practical tools, steps and advice, this book looks at why the transfer of learning has been missing for so long, evaluates current solutions, exposes their weaknesses and offers a new solution in their place.

About the Author

Emma Weber is the founder of Lever Learning and developer of the Turning Learning into Action® methodology.

Born in England, now carrying an Australian passport, in 2002 Emma left a successful corporate career in London to start her own business in Australia, following her passion for coaching and learning.

Emma’s firm belief, and the platform on which she has built her successful global business, is that the key aim of learning in the workplace is to create tangible business benefits. She established Lever Learning to help organizations and their employees convert learning to effective action back on the job.

Under her guidance Lever Learning now delivers Turning Learning into Action® programmes throughout 16 countries and in 11 languages.

A recognized authority on the transfer of learning, Emma has been a guest speaker on learning effectiveness at conferences in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Fostering entrepreneurship is Emma’s other keen interest and for the last three years she has co-facilitated training at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also an active supporter of Club Kidpreneur, a foundation that helps children unlock their passion and potential for business.

In this Book

  • Turning Learning into Action—A Proven Methodology for Effective Transfer of Learning
  • Introduction
  • The evolution of training
  • Learning’s missing link – why it has been missing for so long
  • Learning’s missing link: the solutions so far
  • Turning Learning into Action®
  • Preparation – setting expectations
  • Preparation – creating the TLA plan
  • Action – the ACTION Conversation model and how to use it
  • Action – the ‘must have’ skills for successful TLA delivery
  • Action – helping others to ‘get in the gap’
  • Action – managing the TLA conversations
  • Evaluation – how to measure and report success
  • How to roll out TLA successfully
  • The benefits of TLA by stakeholder
  • Conclusion
  • Turning Learning into Action® learning agreement
  • Sample TLA plan
  • Sample conversation to illustrate the flexible TION part of the ACTION model
  • References