Performance Management Training

How to effectively manage performance, set goals & have difficult conversations

“The Zynga team is incredibly appreciative of the impactful learning experience and polished facilitation you delivered this week to our managers! Conducting a total of ten Performance Management sessions in just three days is an impressive accomplishment. Please accept our sincere thanks for the monumental facilitation effort you gave and for delivering “out of the box” to our UK and India teams. We truly appreciated your partnership and ability to flex in the moment. It’s been delightful working with you. Forwarding a round of applause your way from all of us.”
Corri Cooper | Director Learning & Development | Zynga

“I’ve been associated with LSA for the last 8 years and have found them to be an extremely professional, well managed full service training and consulting organization. The quality of the approach, resources and deliverables of their performance management solutions are superior. They are well prepared and have definitely aligned to our corporate culture and our business priorities.”
Duane Schroeder | Human Resource Manager | Alps

Performance Management is a crucial skill for anyone supervising the work of others.  Managing and improving the performance of others can range from a casual conversation to an annual performance appraisal process that impacts raises and promotions.

Unfortunately, a recent performance management study found that:

  • 45% of HR executives rate managers as having difficulty differentiating between high and low performers.
  • Nearly 40% of line managers believe that they lack the training and skills needed to manage employee performance effectively.

It is no wonder that employee relation issues continue to rise and that employees report feeling “squeezed” to get things done with little to no guidance.  The good news is that good managers can establish a positive performance environment and communication system that drives superior performance, discretionary effort and loyalty from each employee.

Performance Environment
Clear goals, roles and success metrics combined with meaningful performance planning sessions and constructive performance feedback can foster a true commitment to individual and team success within each employee. Consistent, fair, transparent, accurate, timely, relevant and useful performance management practices benefit the employee, the manager, and the entire organization.

Communication System
Difficult performance conversations can stem from a variety of reasons: poor performance, deficient interpersonal skills, not getting a promotion or raise, or any other situation that caused disappointment or hurt feelings. For some managers, these interactions are uncomfortable and to be avoided at all costs.

Other managers enjoy delivering bad news, believing that difficult conversations show everyone how “tough” they are.  No matter where you fall on the continuum of comfort for having difficult conversations, it need not be painful. It can, in fact, be an excellent developmental opportunity for both the individual and you.

Creating a high performance environment that works for your people and business strategy is not easy. To overcome the inherent challenges, many are looking to technology to manage and improve performance. While the promise of automation is alluring and can definitely play a role, the foundation of effective performance is human interaction.

And typically, the interaction with the most leverage occurs with frontline supervisors and middle managers. To manage performance successfully, these managers must have the ability to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with their people, use management strategies unique to each individual, have respectful coaching conversations that produce quantifiable results, and develop and use their people’s strengths and internal motivation.

Performance Environment Learning Objectives

  • Communicate clear expectations
  • Set SMART objectives that drive performance
  • Increase employee performance through effective two-way feedback
  • Create an environment of mutual respect with regular performance feedback
  • Write and give useful and accurate performance evaluations
  • Identify targets that enable team members to be forward-focused in reaching their goals
  • Develop performance coaching skills required to improve job performance and commitment
  • Identify and resolve motivational problems
  • Integrate the performance sessions into the employee’s individual development plan

Communication Systems Learning Objectives

  • Stop avoiding difficult conversations by learning to conduct challenging conversations with tact and confidence
  • Acquire tools to improve communication and collaboration
  • Explore the distinctions between inquiry and advocacy
  • Practice adapting communication styles to special circumstances and situations
  • Hone new skills for giving and receiving feedback
  • Manage uncomfortable conversations that stem from personal challenges
  • Develop on-going action plans


Target Audience
Managers who are interested in improving the short- and long-term performance of their teams.

To speak with an LSA Expert to learn about the Performance Management, Goal Setting and Difficult Performance Conversations program customization and delivery options for your company, please contact us.

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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.

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HR Director

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In the Next Generation Management Development courses, I was trained with skills and tools that have made me and my team more productive, motivated, and successful at communicating with other departments.

 

Kevin Ashman
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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.

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On behalf of Roche and my staff I would like to sincerely thank you for your help with this. The English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment and coaching that you provided for our team was a great success.

Cam Greig
Associate Director

Roche

I continue to be impressed by the level of leadership development and management expertise and quality of advice and facilitation that LSA has to offer. What a smart and client-centric group of great people who really know how to help leaders attract, engage, develop and retain top talent.

Tracy Esposito
Director, HR Business Partner

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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.

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Director of Global Recruiting

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Here’s a token of my appreciation for ALL your efforts. I’m offering my most sincere appreciation, and it extends to all the folks who made our customized management development programs possible.

Susan Anderson
Workforce Planning Bureau

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Over the years, both at 3Com and now at Redback, I’ve found LSA Global to be a valuable resource. The recent compliance program that they delivered for Redback’s executive and management team was the right solution, of the highest of quality, and customized to our business and culture. I would highly recommend LSA to any company looking for top quality solutions.

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What a personal and professional pleasure it has been to Partner with LSA. They are truly a strategic partner with Wyse. For more than 5 years, LSA has been engaged in delivering various training and development solutions for Wyse, from custom on-site programs targeting specific core competencies, to working individually with clients to build job skills, and offering invaluable services to me and my team as we continue to build our learning programs. LSA’s representatives do more than sell a product, they offer a full service solution: they understand our business, our strategic initiatives, and the needs of our customers.

Jeff Rangel
Director of HR

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LSA helped to meet the needs of my teams within a very narrow timeframe. My team walked away with highly useful management tools and practices. LSA saved us time in delivering the right solution for our specific needs.

Sandeep Kumar
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For our go to training outsourcing partner, LSA provides exactly what we want. As always, they deliver outstanding work!

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The LSA Global team was very receptive and flexible to our needs every step of the way. Their staff and facilitator demonstrated attention to detail, responsiveness, and professional courtesy. The participants were thrilled with the outcome and rated the communication skills workshop and the facilitator as ‘Excellent’. I’d highly recommend working with the LSA Global team to meet your professional development needs.

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Emily Couey
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Thank you to LSA Global for their partnership and support in helping us to design and roll-out our valuable management development training program. I personally have partnered with LSA Global at four of my previous companies. It continues to be a delight working with LSA. We look forward to partnering with them at Blackhawk Networks for future training and consulting needs.

Suzanne Kinner
VP Human Resources

Blackhawk Network

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