Best Places to Work Management Essentials

Research-Backed Foundational Management Training based on the "Best Places to Work" Survey

Based on over 70,000 Organizations, 5 million Surveys and 47 Contests. Focused on Improving Performance, Engagement and Retention

“The Best Places to Work Management Essentials Training program really shows us what we’re doing right by our employees. It shows us what we’re doing well, what we need to continue doing, and where we could stand to improve.”.”
Liz McKee | Internal Communications Manager | Baker Donelson

“We partnered with LSA Global to help us invest in our people. LSA designed a modular and customized management curriculum that allows us to deliver top quality solutions to our managers and leaders. We consider LSA to be our learning and development partner and our LSA consultants to be an extension of our team.”
Lisa Bruun | SVP Human Resources | Ellie Mae, Inc.

“We consistently receive outstanding feedback about the quality of LSA’s Management Essentials Training Programs. LSA always aligns their solutions to our unique culture to meet our very specific requirements. Thank you for regularly going above and beyond!”
Anna Meyer | Leadership Development | Intuit

Even with the recent buzz around holacracies and self-managed work teams, the number of managers, the importance of management and the investment in management development is still growing. We believe this is driven by flatter organizational structures intended to give managers wider responsibility over more employees in the hopes of decreasing costs while increasing performance, decision making and information flow.

But, according to research by McKinsey, nearly 70% of senior executives are only “somewhat” or “not at all satisfied” with the performance of their front-line managers. And a stunning 81% of managers reported not being satisfied with their own performance and spending more than half of their time on non-managerial tasks.

This is bad news.  Bad managers make bad companies. The good news is that high performing managers make high performing companies. According to Gallup, companies with higher performing managers realize a 48% increase in profitability, a 22% increase in productivity, a 30% increase in employee engagement, a 17% increase in customer engagement scores and a 19% decrease in turnover.  Our Best Places to Work research based upon over 500,000 annual employee engagement surveys, tells us that managers have a direct impact on four key metrics:

  1. Employee performance
  2. Employee engagement
  3. Employee retention
  4. Employee relations

Based on Best Places to Work research with over 70,000 organizations and over 20 years of working with managers and their teams, our customized and highly experiential Management Essentials Training workshop uses small learning teams to help first-level managers improve those four management success metrics.

Our Proven 5-Step Methodology

1. Proprietary Best Places to Work Research-Backed Management Essentials Assessment.
The online management  assessment measures 20 manager best practices with the highest correlation to manager effectiveness in the areas of Alignment with Goals, Feeling Valued, Individual Contribution, Retention, Team Effectiveness and Trust based upon over 12 years, 5 million surveys, 70,000 organizations and 47 contests. The results of the survey combined with interviews and what matters most for your unique situation drive the workshop design.

2.  One-to-Three-day Experiential Best Places to Work Management Essentials Training Workshop
Managers learn-by-doing in small teams led by an experienced master facilitator-coach. Each participant has an opportunity to lead the team and to identify relevant actions that apply on-the-job.

Participants’ insights, enhanced by practical management tools, targeted feedback and peer coaching, become pragmatic management strategies that can transfer directly back to the work environment.  Workshop learners progress through the following Best Places to Work core modules that are selected and customized according to the needs highlighted in the assessment and interviews.

Alignment with Goals. How managers create strong alignment. An employee may have their oar in the water, but do they know what direction the ship is headed? And if so, do they understand how their oar can move the ship toward its goal?.

Feeling Valued. How managers improve perceptions about the organization’s commitment to its people. Whether an employee feels valued is highly correlated with their level of engagement and productivity.

Individual Contribution.  How managers help employees to consistently think about ways to do their jobs better and how to effectively reward and recognize employees for doing so.

Manager Effectiveness.  How managers perform their jobs, earn respect and help their direct reports progress and develop.

Retention Risk.  How managers impact an employee’s intent to stay with the organization and be an organizational advocate.

Team Effectiveness.  How managers help ensure employees can count on their coworkers to go the extra mile and consistently produce quality work.

Trust in Managers.  How managers create trust through character and competence.

3.  Best Places to Work Management Action Plan
A rigorous and actionable plan is developed and reviewed at the end of the seminar and becomes the basis for the follow-up coaching. Each participant walks away with goals and a detailed action plan that has been tested with organizational peers and the executive facilitator.

4.  Best Places to Work Performance Coaching
We believe that learning is a process. Participants are scheduled into team teleconferences two weeks and two months after the seminar to discuss insights and implementation of their action plans. For additional support, individual one-on-one performance coaching is available for a period of six months.

5.  Best Places to Work Resurvey and Coaching
Eight to ten months after the seminar, resurveys are used to get feedback on workshop participants’ perceived efforts to improve across those 20 Best Places to Work manager best practices with the highest correlation to manager effectiveness. The follow-up data is reviewed in order to reinforce improvements and identify areas for further progress and on-going coaching.

Target Audience
First-level managers and supervisors who want to improve employee performance, engagement, and retention and organizations who want to create one of the Best Places to Work.

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Linda Mitchell
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I had been working with LSA for many years with my prior company. Currently, I’m with a company who hadn’t done much basic management skills training. After identifying and presenting a program recently, our managers are excited and talking in the halls about the great experience. LSA saves us time in delivering the right training for our needs.

Phyllis Moracco
HR Director

Each program is preceded by an assessment of the participants. The course is then designed to fit the specific parameters and needs of the group. The highly interactive delivery is provided by recognized experts in their fields. On the spot coaching is provided during the program and each participant receives individual follow-up after the course. Courses can be delivered in-person or virtually. Given the nature of Cisco’s business and the way we operate, these remote workshops are a must for anyone who joins our company. Their work is eye opening. Great content and fantastic delivery.

Frank J. Kuypers
Business Development Manager

LSA’s Employee Engagement Consulting and Survey work has provided critical visibility into: how well our people are holding up under the general economic environment, as well as, the specific challenges that face biotechnology companies in their efforts to discover and develop new medicines; their level of alignment and commitment to XOMA’s Vision and mission critical strategies; how leadership practices and management systems support an environment that engender commitment, and the specific actions that our leaders can take to improve on areas that are important to our people. I highly recommend LSA’s employee engagement solutions.

Chris Wells
Vice President, HR and IT

LSA helped change our entire culture around meetings, making them more effective and efficient, thus enabling us to concentrate on driving more business.

Terry Wassman
VP of Human Resources

The Next Generation Management Development courses have helped me communicate more effectively with my peers and teammates. By utilizing effective communication techniques such as clarifying and confirming, and asking open ended questions, I have been able to clarify and understand information in situations where I would have otherwise asked limited questions and made false assumptions.

Robert Breckner
Firmware Engineering Manager

I consistently look to LSA Global when I need custom programs put together for my client groups. I can always count on LSA to do a thorough needs analysis and to put together spectacular programs that are well received. Their management development and performance management expertise and professionalism make them one of my top-rated learning and development partners.

Stephanie Webb
HR Program Manager

Rambus

LSA exceeded all my expectations. We interviewed 7 potential training and consulting partners and selected LSA due to their expertise, flexibility, and breadth and depth of solutions. We were able to construct a management training course from the modules most appropriate to our needs, and are able to provide additional training from their well developed portfolio of experts. Our managers galvanized as a team throughout the session and are better prepared for the rigors of a competitive market.

Mitch Mandich
CEO

Edify

We contacted LSA to help us with customized management development. LSA worked with me to identify a solution that would meet our exact needs. We decided to start at the top and ran the program for our executive team. It was such a great success that we hope to roll it out companywide. We look forward to a long-term partnership with LSA Global and their team of experts.

Barry L. Byrd, SPHR
Human Resources Manager

LSA helped us design and deliver a blended learning solution for our leaders to help drive our growth plans in a way that aligned with our specific culture and values. LSA understood our business, had deep expertise in the content areas, tailored the programs to fit our specific needs, and delivered great results. They constantly strive to deliver business impact and align their solutions with our business initiates, culture, and performance management systems. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to take their leaders to the next level.”

Beth A. Taylor
Vice President of Human Resources

Thoratec

SeaTel has found our partnership with LSA Global to be very valuable and beneficial. We turned to LSA to customize a supervisory/leadership solution to meet our needs. LSA delivered a customized top quality solution. I’d recommend LSA Global to any company looking for a best-in-class training and consulting partner.

Kortney Riddle
HR Manager

LSA’s consultant designed and delivered a half-day team building solution for our recent conference. It included careful customization to integrate the design with our new mission and values. Everyone had fun and identified key issues with our teamwork. Altogether a great program!

Bob Ward
Director of HR

We partnered with LSA to pilot a customized behavioral interviewing program to help ensure that we continue to hire the best and brightest as we continue to rapidly scale. LSA’s ability to understand our business and our unique culture combined with their desire to ensure that the best practices framework truly fits our performance environment and is highly adopted by our people is a real blessing. Most other firms want to just ‘give you training.’ Not LSA, they are focused on helping me hit our hiring forecasts and attract A players.

Jennifer Remling
Director of Global Recruiting

AKQA

VNUS Medical has been very pleased with the effective management development programs that LSA Global has delivered for us over the last four years. The programs have been universally facilitated by experienced and best in class instructors. The knowledge gained by our management team has been put into practice very quickly. VNUS is very happy to be working in partnership with LSA because they consistently deliver excellent programs that receive exceptional feedback from our management team.

Cindee Van Vleck
Director Human Resources

Understanding and conforming to legal compliance was very important to our company. We turned to LSA Global to provide a quality and cost effective way to ensure that we were AB 1825 compliant. Their interactive eLearning program was top-notch. It allowed our managers to learn at their own pace, and on their own time. The program was tailored to include our logo and our internal harassment policies. It was interactive and met all federal and state legal requirements. I would highly recommend LSA Global to any company looking for an efficient and effective and top quality way to train their managers to be in compliance.

Kelly Warren, SPHR
Director, HR & Compliance

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