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"exceptional" improvement in the seven
key leadership behaviors included in the
multi-rater survey. There was consistent
corroboration from both direct reports
and managers that these improvement
had indeed taken place.
Level 4: Business impact: Results within
the retail business showed the overall
increase in performance for the trained
group of managers was significantly
higher than the performance increase of
the control group. Using the five metrics
we tracked, there was a 2.1% average
improvement for the trained group
above and beyond the control group. This
became the tangible "benefit" of training
to the business.

New leaders were
adding more value to
the business the sooner
they went through
the training.

Figure 2: What does it cost for each employee to put off new leader
training by...?
...3 months

$2,138

...6 months

$4,276

...12 months

$8,552

participants in the study, but they also
made $4.15 for every $1 spent.
Level 6: Factors
training impact:

that

maximized

The top three factors that were most
effective in maximizing the impact and
ROI of the training were:
* Having an immediate manager who
discussed the training with them and
encouraged them to apply new skills
* Being given the opportunity and extra
time to have coaching conversations
with each of their direct reports
* Quickly identifying and addressing
the resistors to change within
their teams

Level 5: ROI: Benefits of training: Once we
partnered with the finance team to ascertain
what each metric was worth to the business,
we were able to identify and monetize an
impressive benefit of $2,138 per participant.
Costs of training: To calculate the cost
of training, we used a fully loaded cost
calculator to account for every expense
incurred as a result of training. These
included development costs, attendance
costs, participant travel and time away
from job, materials, instructors, etc. The
total fully loaded cost for each participant
was $1,668.
Once both benefits and costs were
calculated, we then plugged these dollar
values into the ROI formula. We were able
to confidently and conservatively say that
the business had an ROI of 29% within just
the first three months post-training and a
final annualized ROI of 415%. This means
that not only did the business recoup
the fully loaded costs of training for the

Conclusion
All too often when L&D offers training
to new leaders, many employees will
procrastinate or postpone attendance,
rationalizing that they can't afford to leave
their roles to participate in training or they
need to stay focused on their metrics.
What we wanted to prove with this case
study was that leaders can't afford not to
attend leadership training and that, the
sooner they go, the sooner they can add
even more value to their organization's
bottom line.
This is exactly what our case study proved:
New leaders were adding more value
to the business the sooner they went
through the training. In fact, by using this
measurement approach and looking at
participants' business benefits three, six
and 12 months post-training, we were able
to show exactly how much performance
advantage was created by attending the
training and, at the same time, how much
could be lost by not attending the training.

By duplicating the same rigorous trained
versus control methodologies and designs
other disciplined researchers might use to
test whether a medicine or drug "works,"
we sought to prove how much training
"worked" on improving job performance.
Medical researchers would call this the
"experimental" group (the ones who get
the new medicine) and the "control" or
"placebo" group (the ones that don't get
the new medicine).
Further, we were able to see how much
would be gained or lost by putting off
taking the "medicine." Results told us
that if managers put off training for
three months, they would lose $2,138 in
improved performance. If they put off
going through training for six months,
they would be losing $4,276 and if they put
off training for a full year after they assume
leadership roles, they could be losing
$8,552 in extra performance. See Figure 2
for a summary of lost performance due to
a lack of training among new leaders.
At a first glance, this might not seem
like much for a company that generates
significant annual revenue - but it's
a very significant finding. When you
consider how many employees are
stepping into new leadership roles across
the enterprise and how many employees
will be influenced every day by these
leaders, the numbers add up. Add to this
the fact that this significant benefit comes
at the relatively small cost of $1,662 per
participant, and it creates a compelling,
and even irrefutable, case for all leaders
to take their prescribed training. To put
it another way, for the benefit of their
organizations, leaders should hurry up
and take their medicine.
Dr. Paul Leone is an author, expert ROI
consultant at Verizon and thought leader in
the industry. Email Paul.

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Learning Analytics: Table Stakes for Business Success
Table of Contents
Let's Build a Measurement Practice for L&D
Brain-Based Learning Analytics and Evaluation Practices
Who [Else] Cares About Learning Impact Data
Justifying the Investment in Leadership Training
Is Training Analytics Smoke and Mirrors?
Leveraging Analytical Tools to Transform L&D
Levearging Learning Analytics to Improve Business Outcomes: Where to Start
Was It Worth It? Measuring the Impact and ROI of Leadership Training
How to Make the Transition to a Data-Driven Learning Culture
How Personal Skills AI Assistants Might Disrupt Corporate Training
Machines Are the Future of Training: How Data-Driven Feedback Is Fostering Improvement and Enhancing Human Relationships
Improving Instructor Impact on Learning with Analytics
A Year in the Life: Evolving L&D Metrics From a Reporting Managed Service to Business Insight Partner
Localizing E-Learning Programs for an International Audience
Learning Analytics Is More Than Data Collection
Using Business Data to Drive Training Objectives
Quality versus Quantity: How Analytics Can Improve Training Effectiveness
Coursera Reaches Unicorn Status and Accelerates Enterprise Product Innovation
Company News
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Brain-Based Learning Analytics and Evaluation Practices
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Who [Else] Cares About Learning Impact Data
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Justifying the Investment in Leadership Training
Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Is Training Analytics Smoke and Mirrors?
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Was It Worth It? Measuring the Impact and ROI of Leadership Training
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - How to Make the Transition to a Data-Driven Learning Culture
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - How Personal Skills AI Assistants Might Disrupt Corporate Training
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Machines Are the Future of Training: How Data-Driven Feedback Is Fostering Improvement and Enhancing Human Relationships
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Improving Instructor Impact on Learning with Analytics
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - A Year in the Life: Evolving L&D Metrics From a Reporting Managed Service to Business Insight Partner
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Learning Analytics Is More Than Data Collection
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Training Industry Magazine - July/August 2019 - Using Business Data to Drive Training Objectives
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