History & Values

Created by clients for clients.

LSA Global was founded in 1995 by Sally Ewald as Learning Solutions Alliance. An "Associate of the Decade Award" winner with more than 25 years experience in the learning industry, Sally faced a serious problem.

LSA History

On the one hand, her clients wanted to keep working with her and were asking for more. On the other hand, she was running out of quality solutions. Sally knew her clients’ business and had great client relationships, but she felt increasingly limited by the solutions she had to offer. She would not serve her clients with second-tier solutions; she needed to find a way to expand her toolbox.

To solve the problem, Sally went straight to the experts. She held a focus group with key clients and industry thought leaders to ask what they wanted. Their message was loud and clear.  They wanted a single point of contact they could trust so they could extend their reach and:

  1. Eliminate the worry of constantly hiring, managing, and monitoring additional internal consulting and training resources
  2. Reduce the number of external vendors that they had to deal with and educate on their business
  3. Free up their internal resources to focus on other areas vital to the company’s success
  4. Rely on proven experts to ensure quality results without “reinventing the wheel”
  5. Move from fixed to variable consulting and training costs to scale up or down with flexibility as circumstances changed

That key meeting and its message became the foundation upon which LSA Global was created in 1995. Since then, we have served over 500 clients using over 1,500 vetted and certified experts to align our clients’ culture and talent with their strategy.

In 2011, LSA acquired Changeworks Global, a leading San Francisco-based management consulting firm focused on cutting edge strategic change, creating high performance cultures, and developing leaders. The acquisition has allowed LSA to deepen our change and culture capabilities related to strategy execution and behavior change.

Today we move business and people metrics that our clients care most about by:

Providing
expert guidance and leverage to avoid the culture and talent mistakes that keep so many great strategies from becoming a reality

For
business executives and strategic HR leaders of fast growing, performance-driven high tech, life sciences and professional services firms that differentiate themselves through people

Who
are stretched thin and are facing a culture/talent inflection point that is putting current and future business execution at risk

Unlike
niche training and consulting organizations

Which
are focused on larger companies and are limited by their own narrow and proprietary solutions – and therefore are unable to build truly integrated solutions or deliver the best for the client in both the short- and long-term.

LSA Values

We believe that a company’s values are a critical component to creating and sustaining a high performance culture.

Our values represent the core beliefs that we collectively stand for.  They drive our behaviors and decisions.  At LSA we have five central values:

  1. We Do Not Take Ourselves Too Seriously.

    This means being open-minded, informal and easygoing, liking to laugh, being playful and having fun.  If we were a dog, we would be a retriever.

    People (we call them jerks) who do not live this value get in unconstructive arguments, become defensive and attack others personally.

  2. We Are Client-Centric and Make a Difference in Our Client’s Business.

    This means making a measurable impact on our client’s business, ensuring clients succeed positionally and professionally, helping clients with what they need, not just what they want and not chasing money, fame or ego.  If we were an online retailer, we’d be Zappos.

    People (we call them takers) who do not live this value sell “stuff” to clients without focusing on measurably impacting the client’s business.

  3. We Focus On the “Can Do.”

    This means being resourceful, taking the initiative, exploring possibilities and being tenacious.  If we were in a race, we would be in the Tough Mudder.

    People (we call them slackers) who do not live this value are too lazy to try figure it out on their own and let problems fester without effectively resolving them.

  4. We Are Accountable and Take Responsibility.

    This means we do what we say we will do, we clarify and manage expectations as soon as possible and, whenever possible, we clean up our own messes.

    People (we call them troublemakers) who do not live this value have “gossipy hallway conversations” instead of 1×1 meetings to resolve issues, do not finish projects/tasks on time, fail to set or manage expectations early and often resort to pointing fingers or blaming others.

  5. We Strive to Build Something Special Together.

    This means we are co-owners of the company, not renters, with a deep sense of pride in what we are building, we go above and beyond, and we believe that when the company succeeds, we all succeed; and when the company sacrifices, we all sacrifice.  If we were a Bar, we’d be Cheers.

    People (we call them renters) who do not live this value put themselves above the team, do not give it their “all” and are just punching the clock and trying to get through the day.

Our Team

Helping clients to succeed.

Strategy, culture and talent experts passionate about doing great work, with amazing people that makes a difference.

Our Guarantee

Pay-for-Performance.  If we do not make an impact, you do not pay.  It is that simple.

We are fiercely devoted to the success of our clients and guarantee results. We stand behind our work.

Human capital consulting and training firms avoid a pay-for-performance approach because they are afraid of the risks it presents for their business.  But at LSA, we welcome the opportunity. A pay-for-performance approach allows us to truly partner with our clients in a way that reduces the risk for our clients.   A pay-for-performance approach also allows us to  focus 100% on delivering measurable and relevant value to our clients' business.  In fact, the pay-for-performance mindset is what gets us out of bed in the morning.  We are all about helping our clients succeed personally and professionally.

We do not push products or just sell stuff to make money.  We do not hide behind potential variables out of our control.  We do not debate who added what level of value.

We DO honestly, relentlessly and selflessly partner with our clients to identify and move metrics that make a difference.  We do make meaningful and important things happen in a way that works for our clients, their strategy and their culture.  We believe this puts us in a position to more effectively help our clients to succeed.  It also aligns with our mission of "Creating a Competitive Advantage through People" and our corporate value of "Being Client-Centric and Making a Difference in Our Client’s Business."

We live this mission.  Just ask our clients.  We put them first, use world-class experts, ask the tough questions, think systemically and try to link everything we do to meaningful personal and professional success metrics.

Typical pay-for-performance client metrics that we move include:

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Avon’s success is dependent on strong relationships among our Customers, Representatives, Associates, and outside resources we hire to help us meet our business objectives. We were very pleased with the results from working with LSA Global to design and facilitate a custom program for our events management team. LSA demonstrated responsiveness, flexibility, and an innovative approach to working with us.

Deanna Rudnitsky
Senior Manager, HR Destiny Sales Region

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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

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

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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

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We have worked with LSA Global for our learning and development needs and have always had great success. They helped us recently with customized Management Workshops that we held for the second time. It was fantastic, and I would highly recommend LSA to anyone that is attempting to get immediate and impactful improvements.

Mary Johnston
HR Manager, BU Radiology Informatics

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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

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Congratulations on your pro-activity in establishing this program and developing such an effective New Employee Orientation course.

Farhat Ali
President and Chief Executive Office

Fujitsu

“We turned to LSA to help us custom design and deliver a leadership and management development curriculum to help drive performance. They have done an excellent job diagnosing the business situation, designing an approach that fits our culture, and delivering a first class solution.”

Sally Buchannan
VP Human Resources

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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

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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
Firmware Engineering Supervisor

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LSA has been a tremendous asset to my portfolio, both at my current company and my past company. As an HR leader, I am always looking for ways to find external resources that can provide a solution to our management training needs. LSA does that for me. Their solutions are presented in a much more leadership-oriented manner so as to be crisp, business relevant, and easy to apply right back on the job. I will continue to augment our programs using LSA solutions.

Ken Boehm
VP of Human Resources

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LSA is an instrumental training outsourcing partner in helping us to build management capacity and strategically invest in our people. Their flexibility, depth, and breadth of expertise allows us to deliver top quality solutions that are directly tied to key business plans. Their ability to custom design, deliver, and evaluate our Management Curriculum has been excellent. They are true business partners and a pleasure to work with.

Margaret M. Mader
Vice President, Human Resources

Hyperion

I am very impressed with the quality of work and talent. LSA did a great job of listening to my needs and providing the exact management training program expertise I needed to get the job done.

Don Pryor
Director, Business Planning & Analysis

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

Elizabeth Siebert
Director, Organizational Excellence & Development

Intuit

Working with LSA Global has proven to be extremely valuable and worthwhile. LSA understands our business, has deep expertise in content areas, and tailors the programs to deliver great results. The facilitator was extremely knowledgeable about Working Globally with India and her energy and passion made the session interesting, fun, and enjoyable for all that attended. The participants walked away extremely pleased along with highly useful practices and tools. I would highly recommend LSA Global to any company that has partners or offices in India.

Glenn McGillivray
Human Resources Business Partner

Intuit

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