Action Learning Leadership Development Programs

How to fast track your leaders using action learning

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“We turned to LSA to help us custom design and deliver an action learning leadership development program to help drive performance for our leaders and managers. 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 | Sony

Action Learning Leadership Development Programs

Recent research has confirmed what our clients have been telling us for decades – high-performing firms are three times more likely than lower performers to use experiential learning for both the front-line and executive-level leaders.  The good news is that action learning for leaders does not need to be complex. Like most pursuits, the mastery of the fundamentals combined with a high level of relevancy, practice, feedback, and accountability make the greatest impact.

In the case of leadership development, the most frequent skill gaps identified by senior leaders are fundamental business execution skills. A recent survey published in Chief Learning Officer Magazine identified the most pressing leadership skill gaps to be:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Creating a vision and engaging others in it
  • Leading change
  • Inspiring and motivating people
  • Making decisions using an enterprise perspective

The leadership knowledge, tools, and abilities needed to effectively execute on the above leadership skill gaps are also fairly straight forward. What can be tricky is designing and managing the action learning leadership development process to strengthen core leadership skills while getting real work done.

Most organizations struggle with how to develop leaders. Though leadership as a discipline can be abstract, inconsistent, and vague, expectations of leaders are more clear.  We expect leaders to think systemically and make decisions from an enterprise perspective that add value to the top and bottom lines while inspiring employees to perform at their peak.

Our customized Leadership Action Learning programs are typically six-to-twelve month engagements.  A small group of 12-16 high potential leaders and managers work in teams to think strategically, create a vision and business case, present and sell to senior executives and board members, and implement important projects that can significantly increase revenue, decrease costs, or improve performance.

Our highly experiential leadership programs ask leaders and managers to think, to take action, to maintain momentum, to learn, and to drive high performance from themselves and those around them.  Leaders learn through relevant and practical application using real projects to:

  • Have a big-picture view of the organization
  • Understand and execute the business strategy
  • Create a high performance and motivating work environment
  • Be more innovative
  • Take meaningful and visible action
  • Work across silos
  • Get measurable results

Individuals receive targeted training, mentoring, supervision, and real-time coaching to develop critical and timely leadership skills as they work through the process of initiating and implementing a significant initiative in their organization.  Representative leadership programs focused on having a C-level perspective, acting strategically, and leading change include:

  1. Driving the Bottom Line with Experiential Leadership
  2. Strategic Decision Making
  3. Business Simulation: “You Decide”

Please contact us to explore how we can help your organization successfully turn leadership into a strategic advantage.

Ask us about Leadership Development Pay-for-Performance options and how to move the leadership metrics that you care most about.  Typical metrics that we move in our leadership programs include:

  • Sales revenue, margin, win rate, portfolio mix, deal size, and sales cycle
  • Customer acquisition, loyalty, growth, and satisfaction
  • Leadership execution effectiveness of key corporate strategies
  • Employee attraction, development, performance, engagement and retention
  • Project cost, quality, and time

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LSA consistently delivers for me and my team.  Recently they demonstrated the criticality for executives to look beyond current ethics topics and focus on applying fundamental values in everything they do to demonstrate true leadership. They successfully delivered in two hours what most leadership development facilitators would spend an entire day trying to communicate.

Nick Voyvodich, SPHR
HR Manager

Fujitsu

Thank you for a great leadership development session today. The facilitator was brilliant. The team got a lot out of it (as did I). I believe it will help us create an even higher performance environment by ensuring we have a common understanding of how to create higher performance and work toward clear and common strategic goals.

Simon Jefferson
Managing Director

AKQA

LSA’s executive coach based his approach on understanding our business circumstances and strategy, as well as our leadership aspirations. The customized coaching covered all aspects of leadership; it was not simply a touchy-feely endeavor. In fact, the focus on clear business outcomes and real life circumstances challenged me to develop my thinking and actions related to leading the business.”

Janet Pagano
Managing Director

Ovid

LSA helped us with leadership development by designing a solution to match our unique needs and culture. It was such a huge success and received rave reviews. I would highly recommend LSA to help take leaders and managers to the next level.

Karen King, SPHR
Manager, Human Resources

Alliance Data

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

We contacted LSA to help us design and deliver customized management development programs. LSA worked with us to meet our exact needs. We started at the top with our executive team.  It was such a great success that we rolled it out company-wide. We look forward to a long-term partnership with LSA Global and their team of experts.

Barry L. Byrd, SPHR
Human Resources Manager

We partnered with LSA Global to help us invest in our people. LSA custom designed an impactful management curriculum to help upskill our key managers and leaders. We consider LSA to be our trusted learning and development partner and a valued extension of our team.

Lisa Bruun
SVP Human Resources

Ellie Mae

We value our relationship with LSA Global. They focus on understanding our business situation and helping us succeed. LSA continues to deliver top quality consulting and leadership solutions that are highly customized for our business and culture. I would highly recommend LSA Global as a top quality resource to anyone looking to greatly improve the skills of their leadership, management, and project teams.

Bonnie S. Olson
Vice President of Human Resources

LSS

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

LSA is an excellent training outsource partner! They listen to our needs, are responsive and work at a pace that keeps up with ours. We have found LSA to bring strategic and innovative solutions to meet our business problems by partnering effectively with our staff. I consider them to be an external extension of our team.

Wendy Chinn
Sr. Director, Global Sales Enablement

Great job in designing the Mergers and Acquisition strategy session for our global leadership team. The session was excellent. I gained additional insight on the importance of the role of HR regarding strategy, culture, and people in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Gloria Veon
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Fujitsu

As a high growth digital marketing agency with cutting edge talent, we hired LSA Global to help clarify our strategy and work with our executive leadership team to help implement strategic changes in a way that made sense for our unique culture. The work was so successful that we also hired them to coach our key leaders. LSA has been instrumental in helping us transition to a new leadership team and triple revenue. In this age of useless consultants, I highly recommend their practical and business-oriented approach to strategy, culture and talent.

David Bentley
General Manager

AKQA

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

Gina Fulton
Vice President of Human Resources

It was a challenge to find a consultant with an approach to performance improvement that fit our unique culture and style. We were pleasantly surprised to discover LSA’s depth of expertise in the fields of motivation, developmental coaching, performance management, and measurement.

LSA seamlessly integrated those components without our folks feeling like the intervention was forced. They understood what we were trying to accomplish, helped us clarify our objectives, and created a solid, refreshing approach that quickly got us moving and engaged at all levels across the organization.  Overall, I couldn’t be happier that we found a true strategy and implementation partner in LSA.

Doug Hansen
President and Director

Redwood Trust

The action-learning leadership project has been very beneficial to me, our leadership team, and the entire organization. The balance of development and results has been excellent. We have made huge progress, and I was also able to identify 2-3 high potentials while having the extra benefit of people stepping up to carry key strategic projects forward. The experience was better than anticipated.  I could not be more pleased.

Heather Feltman
President & CEO

LSS

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