LIFO ORIENTATIONS® OR LIFO® METHOD
Life Orientations Training is an applied behavioral science system which fosters high performance for individuals and teams. It improves individual productivity, interpersonal communication and collaborative teamwork.
It begins by identifying the individual’s basic orientation to life, or behavioral style. Based on this foundation of self-knowledge, it offers powerful strategies that enable individuals and groups to be more productive in their work and more influential when dealing with key people.
Is the most effective training and organizational development tool in the world today. With over 40 years of progressive growth around the world, its mission is to be the best global resource for organizational problem solving and to contribute to society by helping our customers build healthy organizations and improve the self-esteem of their people.
Life Orientations Training, or LIFO® Training for short, was created by Dr. Stuart Atkins. He developed the program based on a unique synthesis of key concepts from psychoanalysis, self-actualization theory, client-centered counseling, group dynamics, and his many years experience as a behavioral scientist and organizational consultant.
We deliver and train trainers to deliver high-impact, low-cost training programs, utilizing the LIFO® Method by focusing on the following critical areas:
- PRODUCTIVITY Break the Performance Barrier
- TEAMBUILDING Build Teams that Work
- LEADERSHIP Grow Effective Leaders throughout your Organization
- EXECUTIVE COACHING Congruence on Intention, Behavior and Impact
- SALES Getting Sales People Motivated according to their Strengths
- Orientations 1. Supporting Giving
- Strategies 1. Confirming
- Conditions 1. Favorable
2. Controlling Taking
3. Conserving Holding
4. Adapting Dealing
LIFO® Training gives us tools to understand our priorities and manage our strengths. It enables us to be more effective in any of the three basic human situations:
- You Individually: Personal Productivity
- You with Another Key Person: Interpersonal Communication
- You and Others in Groups: Team Building
With specialist-consultants from diverse backgrounds, LIFO® has the depth of knowledge to understand the very specific needs and intricacies of training for many industries across various countries.
- Petroleum and Chemicals
All processes in every training program are fully documented. This information becomes prime reference facilitating future training requirements. We look upon each training programs as the beginning of a long-term professional partnership with your organization.
- Introductory Consultations
- Training Needs Specification
- Strategy and Customization
- Actual Programs
To become a certified LIFO® trainer, one must meet the following requirements:
- Complete the licensing seminar
- Review the material and practice the presentations in the Leader’s Guide
- Conduct a LIFO® Training Workshop within 60 days
- Group Size: When initially facilitating LIFO® Training, attempt to limit group size to a maximum of 15-20 participants (but not limited to). For subsequent workshops, limit group size to no more than 20-30 participants.
- Odd-numbered Group Size: When the group size is odd-numbered and the Leader’s Guide recommends a paired activity, form all pairs and one trio. Do not pair yourself as facilitator with the extra person.
- Intact Work Groups vs. Open Enrollment groups: The advantage of intact work groups is that the participants can work on current interpersonal communication concerns and give each other feedback. The advantage of open enrollment groups is that they may foster increased initial candor.
- Leader Presence with Intact Work Groups: The advantage of having a group leader participate with his or her group is that the leader’s presence promotes unity and grants additional organizational permission for participants to learn LIFO® Training techniques. The disadvantage is that the leader’s presence may initially discourage participant candor. The advantage usually outweighs the disadvantage.
- Professional or Personal Issues: Some sponsoring organizations prefer that the participants focus only on people from their professional lives- not from their personal lives. Know your organization’s preference. Encourage participants to select people with whom they have important communication goals and transfer the skills they learn from one life arena to the other.
- Confidentiality of Survey Results: Survey results are private information. Survey results can be made public only if permission is first granted by the person who completed the survey.
- Training – Not Psychotherapy: LIFO® Training is training. It is not psychotherapy. The leader’s role is trainer, not counselor.
- Referrals: Periodically a participant may need a referral to an organization or community professional for additional assistance. Provide employee assistance when appropriate.
The History of the LIFO® Method
The LIFO® Method originated in 1967 as a positive and structured tool to supplement organizational development, T-groups, and sensitivity training. These new group methods helped people learn how to improve themselves by studying each others' behavior, thoughts, and feelings. However, many participants objected to the method as too un-structured, personal, and embarrassing for people who work together.
Atkins and Katcher soon found the demand for the LIFO® Method outstripped their delivery capacity, so they started licensing organizational trainers in the LIFO® Method and developing workbooks to accelerate learning. In 1976, Katcher began to focus his LIFO® practice internationally, appointing agents in many countries, and focusing on executive coaching, teambuilding, and OD applications. Atkins directed LIFO® programs in the United States, with emphasis on the developmental strategies applied to management development, individual productivity, communications, and teamwork. He named this developmental emphasis LIFO® Training.
Since then, the LIFO® Method and LIFO® Training have been used by over 8 million people in 20,000 organizations in 28 countries. One of Katcher's earliest LIFO® agents, Business Consultants, Inc., Japan, grew to become one of the largest consulting firms in Japan and one of the largest users of LIFO® Training in the world. BCon, as it is also known, purchased Allan Katcher International, Inc., in 2000 and Stuart Atkins, Inc., in 2001 in order to integrate the worldwide reach and expertise of the two companies. The firms were merged in October 2001 to become BCon LIFO® International, Inc., which is now the sole source for the LIFO® Method and LIFO® Training worldwide.