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Leveraging the MTS Framework for High-Performance Learning Solutions

Lobster Ink
June 6, 2024
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Navigating change is a core competency of businesses today. It requires a comprehensive approach where every aspect of the process needs to exist in perfect harmony: From strategy to scope and stakeholders to spend.

That said, implementing change initiatives successfully within organizations requires more than the development of a run-of-the-mill training program. It’s a complex challenge, as traditional adult training approaches often fall short, overlooking the bigger picture and failing to meet learners where they’re at.

Performance design offers a powerful solution. This strategic approach to the design and implementation of change initiatives within organizations has been used for years in consulting firms. It takes a holistic view, with a core focus on improving organizational performance. Unfortunately, translating this design into impactful, results-driven solutions when developing training programs for staff, often fails to deliver.  

That's where our Motivate Train Sustain framework comes in. This approach is applied simultaneously at a planning and execution level, ensuring staff training programs go beyond being mere employee training and development initiatives but rather offers learning that truly deliver lasting change. Let’s take a deeper dive into Lobster Ink’s performance-based approach to learning design.  

Introducing Motivate Train Sustain - A powerful approach to learning design

The Motivate Train Sustain (MTS) framework aims to deliver impactful learning experiences through a multi-modal approach that’s sustained through ongoing support and frequent reinforcement.  

This framework includes sound instructional design practices, and considers how motivational models, technology channels, and the science of habit can be included for organizational impact.  

More importantly, it’s not just about knowing how to create engaging training material. It accelerates locating the most impactful intervention to create change, and streamlines program design by visualizing journeys and touchpoints.

Programs that take an MTS approach are more likely to not only reach learners more effectively, but have a greater impact on the financial performance of an organization.  

Let’s break it down by phase:

Motivate: An opportunity to spark interest and connect learning with real-world aspirations

The MTS model acknowledges the importance of considering motivation in the learning process. Traditionally, motivation models for instruction have often assumed that learners are already placed in a classroom or alternative learning environment, such as logged in to an LMS.  

However, lacking from this approach—and key to MTS—is the establishment of an emotional connection with the learner, drawn from an insight that's specific to the learner group - something that will get their attention and prompt the mindset shift required for learner buy-in, and ultimately, effective learning.  

Train: Enhance performance and reshape behaviors through engaging learning experiences

MTS emphasizes the need for training to be action-oriented and to address the "how" by teaching the necessary knowledge and behaviors for improved job performance. A vital element is presenting practice opportunities in a safe, controlled online environment that allows learners to rehearse behaviors at their convenience.  

It is also key to consider how training will be consumed in the flow of work, and what role managers play in a learning program. Learning professionals need to rethink more traditional design processes to become masters of presenting content and context efficiently by combining a performance-based and social-style learning approach.

Sustain: Establish lasting habits through on-demand performance support

Recognizing the critical nature of sustaining new behaviors and improved performance, Sustain really is the most important part of the model. MTS challenges the learning designer to focus on the tools that reinforce learning beyond the initial training phase. Designers are prompted to consider various reinforcement methods, such as QR codes or podcasts. Imagine the learner never returns to the LMS to review the content - how can you ensure that learners can continue to apply what they've learnt?

A high-performance learning solution that drives lasting change

Our MTS framework ventures beyond simply developing training programs for staff. It takes a holistic view and boldly incorporates motivational, training, and sustaining components to drive lasting change.  

Regardless of where the requirement for change comes from in an organization, change initiatives are ultimately judged by their impact on the bottom line. Connect with us to learn more about our MTS approach and its impact on our customers’ operations - or to enquire about our performance-based consulting and learning design services.

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Navigating change is a core competency of businesses today. It requires a comprehensive approach where every aspect of the process needs to exist in perfect harmony: From strategy to scope and stakeholders to spend.

That said, implementing change initiatives successfully within organizations requires more than the development of a run-of-the-mill training program. It’s a complex challenge, as traditional adult training approaches often fall short, overlooking the bigger picture and failing to meet learners where they’re at.

Performance design offers a powerful solution. This strategic approach to the design and implementation of change initiatives within organizations has been used for years in consulting firms. It takes a holistic view, with a core focus on improving organizational performance. Unfortunately, translating this design into impactful, results-driven solutions when developing training programs for staff, often fails to deliver.  

That's where our Motivate Train Sustain framework comes in. This approach is applied simultaneously at a planning and execution level, ensuring staff training programs go beyond being mere employee training and development initiatives but rather offers learning that truly deliver lasting change. Let’s take a deeper dive into Lobster Ink’s performance-based approach to learning design.  

Introducing Motivate Train Sustain - A powerful approach to learning design

The Motivate Train Sustain (MTS) framework aims to deliver impactful learning experiences through a multi-modal approach that’s sustained through ongoing support and frequent reinforcement.  

This framework includes sound instructional design practices, and considers how motivational models, technology channels, and the science of habit can be included for organizational impact.  

More importantly, it’s not just about knowing how to create engaging training material. It accelerates locating the most impactful intervention to create change, and streamlines program design by visualizing journeys and touchpoints.

Programs that take an MTS approach are more likely to not only reach learners more effectively, but have a greater impact on the financial performance of an organization.  

Let’s break it down by phase:

Motivate: An opportunity to spark interest and connect learning with real-world aspirations

The MTS model acknowledges the importance of considering motivation in the learning process. Traditionally, motivation models for instruction have often assumed that learners are already placed in a classroom or alternative learning environment, such as logged in to an LMS.  

However, lacking from this approach—and key to MTS—is the establishment of an emotional connection with the learner, drawn from an insight that's specific to the learner group - something that will get their attention and prompt the mindset shift required for learner buy-in, and ultimately, effective learning.  

Train: Enhance performance and reshape behaviors through engaging learning experiences

MTS emphasizes the need for training to be action-oriented and to address the "how" by teaching the necessary knowledge and behaviors for improved job performance. A vital element is presenting practice opportunities in a safe, controlled online environment that allows learners to rehearse behaviors at their convenience.  

It is also key to consider how training will be consumed in the flow of work, and what role managers play in a learning program. Learning professionals need to rethink more traditional design processes to become masters of presenting content and context efficiently by combining a performance-based and social-style learning approach.

Sustain: Establish lasting habits through on-demand performance support

Recognizing the critical nature of sustaining new behaviors and improved performance, Sustain really is the most important part of the model. MTS challenges the learning designer to focus on the tools that reinforce learning beyond the initial training phase. Designers are prompted to consider various reinforcement methods, such as QR codes or podcasts. Imagine the learner never returns to the LMS to review the content - how can you ensure that learners can continue to apply what they've learnt?

A high-performance learning solution that drives lasting change

Our MTS framework ventures beyond simply developing training programs for staff. It takes a holistic view and boldly incorporates motivational, training, and sustaining components to drive lasting change.  

Regardless of where the requirement for change comes from in an organization, change initiatives are ultimately judged by their impact on the bottom line. Connect with us to learn more about our MTS approach and its impact on our customers’ operations - or to enquire about our performance-based consulting and learning design services.

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Navigating change is a core competency of businesses today. It requires a comprehensive approach where every aspect of the process needs to exist in perfect harmony: From strategy to scope and stakeholders to spend.

That said, implementing change initiatives successfully within organizations requires more than the development of a run-of-the-mill training program. It’s a complex challenge, as traditional adult training approaches often fall short, overlooking the bigger picture and failing to meet learners where they’re at.

Performance design offers a powerful solution. This strategic approach to the design and implementation of change initiatives within organizations has been used for years in consulting firms. It takes a holistic view, with a core focus on improving organizational performance. Unfortunately, translating this design into impactful, results-driven solutions when developing training programs for staff, often fails to deliver.  

That's where our Motivate Train Sustain framework comes in. This approach is applied simultaneously at a planning and execution level, ensuring staff training programs go beyond being mere employee training and development initiatives but rather offers learning that truly deliver lasting change. Let’s take a deeper dive into Lobster Ink’s performance-based approach to learning design.  

Introducing Motivate Train Sustain - A powerful approach to learning design

The Motivate Train Sustain (MTS) framework aims to deliver impactful learning experiences through a multi-modal approach that’s sustained through ongoing support and frequent reinforcement.  

This framework includes sound instructional design practices, and considers how motivational models, technology channels, and the science of habit can be included for organizational impact.  

More importantly, it’s not just about knowing how to create engaging training material. It accelerates locating the most impactful intervention to create change, and streamlines program design by visualizing journeys and touchpoints.

Programs that take an MTS approach are more likely to not only reach learners more effectively, but have a greater impact on the financial performance of an organization.  

Let’s break it down by phase:

Motivate: An opportunity to spark interest and connect learning with real-world aspirations

The MTS model acknowledges the importance of considering motivation in the learning process. Traditionally, motivation models for instruction have often assumed that learners are already placed in a classroom or alternative learning environment, such as logged in to an LMS.  

However, lacking from this approach—and key to MTS—is the establishment of an emotional connection with the learner, drawn from an insight that's specific to the learner group - something that will get their attention and prompt the mindset shift required for learner buy-in, and ultimately, effective learning.  

Train: Enhance performance and reshape behaviors through engaging learning experiences

MTS emphasizes the need for training to be action-oriented and to address the "how" by teaching the necessary knowledge and behaviors for improved job performance. A vital element is presenting practice opportunities in a safe, controlled online environment that allows learners to rehearse behaviors at their convenience.  

It is also key to consider how training will be consumed in the flow of work, and what role managers play in a learning program. Learning professionals need to rethink more traditional design processes to become masters of presenting content and context efficiently by combining a performance-based and social-style learning approach.

Sustain: Establish lasting habits through on-demand performance support

Recognizing the critical nature of sustaining new behaviors and improved performance, Sustain really is the most important part of the model. MTS challenges the learning designer to focus on the tools that reinforce learning beyond the initial training phase. Designers are prompted to consider various reinforcement methods, such as QR codes or podcasts. Imagine the learner never returns to the LMS to review the content - how can you ensure that learners can continue to apply what they've learnt?

A high-performance learning solution that drives lasting change

Our MTS framework ventures beyond simply developing training programs for staff. It takes a holistic view and boldly incorporates motivational, training, and sustaining components to drive lasting change.  

Regardless of where the requirement for change comes from in an organization, change initiatives are ultimately judged by their impact on the bottom line. Connect with us to learn more about our MTS approach and its impact on our customers’ operations - or to enquire about our performance-based consulting and learning design services.

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Navigating change is a core competency of businesses today. It requires a comprehensive approach where every aspect of the process needs to exist in perfect harmony: From strategy to scope and stakeholders to spend.

That said, implementing change initiatives successfully within organizations requires more than the development of a run-of-the-mill training program. It’s a complex challenge, as traditional adult training approaches often fall short, overlooking the bigger picture and failing to meet learners where they’re at.

Performance design offers a powerful solution. This strategic approach to the design and implementation of change initiatives within organizations has been used for years in consulting firms. It takes a holistic view, with a core focus on improving organizational performance. Unfortunately, translating this design into impactful, results-driven solutions when developing training programs for staff, often fails to deliver.  

That's where our Motivate Train Sustain framework comes in. This approach is applied simultaneously at a planning and execution level, ensuring staff training programs go beyond being mere employee training and development initiatives but rather offers learning that truly deliver lasting change. Let’s take a deeper dive into Lobster Ink’s performance-based approach to learning design.  

Introducing Motivate Train Sustain - A powerful approach to learning design

The Motivate Train Sustain (MTS) framework aims to deliver impactful learning experiences through a multi-modal approach that’s sustained through ongoing support and frequent reinforcement.  

This framework includes sound instructional design practices, and considers how motivational models, technology channels, and the science of habit can be included for organizational impact.  

More importantly, it’s not just about knowing how to create engaging training material. It accelerates locating the most impactful intervention to create change, and streamlines program design by visualizing journeys and touchpoints.

Programs that take an MTS approach are more likely to not only reach learners more effectively, but have a greater impact on the financial performance of an organization.  

Let’s break it down by phase:

Motivate: An opportunity to spark interest and connect learning with real-world aspirations

The MTS model acknowledges the importance of considering motivation in the learning process. Traditionally, motivation models for instruction have often assumed that learners are already placed in a classroom or alternative learning environment, such as logged in to an LMS.  

However, lacking from this approach—and key to MTS—is the establishment of an emotional connection with the learner, drawn from an insight that's specific to the learner group - something that will get their attention and prompt the mindset shift required for learner buy-in, and ultimately, effective learning.  

Train: Enhance performance and reshape behaviors through engaging learning experiences

MTS emphasizes the need for training to be action-oriented and to address the "how" by teaching the necessary knowledge and behaviors for improved job performance. A vital element is presenting practice opportunities in a safe, controlled online environment that allows learners to rehearse behaviors at their convenience.  

It is also key to consider how training will be consumed in the flow of work, and what role managers play in a learning program. Learning professionals need to rethink more traditional design processes to become masters of presenting content and context efficiently by combining a performance-based and social-style learning approach.

Sustain: Establish lasting habits through on-demand performance support

Recognizing the critical nature of sustaining new behaviors and improved performance, Sustain really is the most important part of the model. MTS challenges the learning designer to focus on the tools that reinforce learning beyond the initial training phase. Designers are prompted to consider various reinforcement methods, such as QR codes or podcasts. Imagine the learner never returns to the LMS to review the content - how can you ensure that learners can continue to apply what they've learnt?

A high-performance learning solution that drives lasting change

Our MTS framework ventures beyond simply developing training programs for staff. It takes a holistic view and boldly incorporates motivational, training, and sustaining components to drive lasting change.  

Regardless of where the requirement for change comes from in an organization, change initiatives are ultimately judged by their impact on the bottom line. Connect with us to learn more about our MTS approach and its impact on our customers’ operations - or to enquire about our performance-based consulting and learning design services.

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