Action Learning & Leadership Development Programs

How to fast track your leaders using action learning

“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

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 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

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 and 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 engage 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

LSA Global has been a great partner in helping ServiceSource move toward its Vision of being “the leading developer of talent in the service performance management industry.” I have engaged LSA’s services to help develop best-in-class programs in the areas of: Executive On-boarding, Manager Training, Sales Training, Employee Engagement and Instructional Design. They have consistently met or exceeded my (very) high expectations and are always responsive to my needs.

Mike Normant
Senior Director, Training & Development

Service Source

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

Great job in designing the Mergers and Acquisition strategy session for our global team. The executive presentation and information was excellent. I gained additional insight on the importance of the role of HR in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Gloria Veon
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Fujitsu

LSA 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 presenters would spend an entire day trying to communicate.

Nick Voyvodich, SPHR
HR Manager

Fujitsu

We recently hired LSA to help us take our client delivery methodology to the next level as we continue to grow and help our clients succeed. The custom strategy and design session exceeded our expectations. They really understood our business and delivered within tight time frames.  They were the best I have seen for this type of complex, visible and strategic work. LSA’s ability to get a group of 20+ executives from around the globe on the same page, push their thinking to new heights, and ensure an executable plan was excellent. I would recommend LSA to anyone looking to take their strategy and strategic execution to the next level.

Rob Sturgeon
EVP Client Delivery

Service Source

Having tripled in size and recently merged, LSA helped our executive team to increase our level of strategic alignment, solidify our new direction and push our agency forward. As we look to rapidly scale, the clear and actionable critical few strategic moves combined with how we differentiate ourselves to our top accounts and target clients has really set us on a great path to success. This is exactly what we needed to get to the next level.

Matt Britton
CEO

LSA’s approach has certainly brought value to Knight Ridder Digital. They were laser focused on our goal and determined to meet all of our Leadership development program needs. Their flexibility and commitment were keys in making our program successful.

Dipik Rai
Director of Marketing

We reviewed the top Leadership Development offerings and selected LSA’s 12-month Leadership Program based upon the value and systemic approach. The feedback on the program, approach, and results was phenomenal. While other programs may be better known, they were more theoretical and did not compare in terms of practicality, quality, and results.

Stacey Porter
Senior Manager Learning and Development

Roche

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

I contacted LSA to help us with leadership development. LSA worked with me to identify a solution that would match our needs as well as our personality. The solution was such a huge success. It received rave reviews. I would highly recommend LSA to other companies.

Karen King, SPHR
Manager, Human Resources

Alliance Data

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 strategic projects forward. The Staff is very appreciative and has become very comfortable with both the program and the process. It is still going better than anticipated, and I have been very pleased.

Heather Feltman
President & CEO

LSS

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

The customized leadership program was very practical and achieved our goals. LSA adapted very well to our group and the situation and helped us build trust and awareness of successful leadership styles. We look forward to the next steps.

Erik Okholm
Director of Software Development

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