LSA Global Wins Bersin Leadership Development Excellence Award

for driving $13m in profit while developing leadership bench strength

Are your leadership programs making a measurable business impact?

Action learning leadership program award

LSA Global won the Bersin Leadership Development Excellence Award by by using action learning for leaders at a leading Financial Services firm to develop key high potential leaders while driving $13m to their bottom line. Just ask their President.

Are your leadership development programs having a big enough impact?

LSA Global, the premier consulting, training and coaching firm that aligns organizational culture and talent with business strategies to get measurable business results, today announced that their client, Redwood Trust (NYSE: RWT), was selected by Bersin & Associates as the Learning Leader in the Leadership Development Excellence category.

The prestigious award recognizes organizations that have developed and implemented best practice approaches to employee learning and talent management resulting in significant business improvement.

According to Bersin & Associates, Redwood Trust was saluted “for its integrated leadership development, role realignment, and performance systems – all part of an initiative to change how the company develops talent. The effort includes programs which put emerging executives into actual business challenges.”

According to Tristam Brown, Chairman & CEO of LSA Global, “Redwood’s Leadership initiative exemplifies LSA’s action learning approach to leadership development that drives meaningful business results. In Redwood’s case, the results added up to a $13 million dollar increase to their bottom-line over 18 months.” While those results may seem extraordinary for a leadership development initiative, Brown noted they are the result of designing an action learning leadership solution that is executed within the context of achieving a company’s key strategic objectives.

This Action-Learning approach to Leadership Development puts managers and executives into situations that are highly relevant to the current and future success of the individual and the company. The action-learning process is designed around the real work of executives and has a strong results-based format. Brown explains that “LSA’s three foundational programs at Redwood included:

  • Web-based Executive-Level Enterprise Simulation
  • Case-Based Strategic Decision Making Workshop
  • Action Learning and Challenge Assignment 

Each of these programs places leaders in situations where they must make meaningful executive-level decisions and take important executive action. The programs also provide an ideal platform for Senior Leaders to share their knowledge, coach, and mentor developing executives.”

Brown continues, “While developing executives’ ability to execute on Redwood’s strategy was a prominent component, institutionalizing Redwood’s unique culture, leadership and organizational values were equally as important. To insure this leadership legacy, LSA has helped executives at all levels improve their coaching capabilities, developed a behavioral 360 degree survey that provides leadership feedback, and designed a performance measurement system that facilitates performance alignment and coaching conversations. The end result is a high performance environment where individuals are responsible for their performance and leaders are true facilitators of learning and development.”

The Bersin & Associates report, “Learning Leaders: Lessons from the Best,” provides an in-depth look at the best practices of the 25 award winning companies, including Redwood Trust in the Leadership Development Excellence category.

Read the full case study here.

The Voice of the Customer

Bersin Leadership Development AwardDoug Hansen | President and Director | Redwood Trust

“It was a challenge to find a consultant with an approach to performance improvement that fit our unique culture and style.

When we met with LSA we were surprised to discover their depth of expertise in the fields of motivation, developmental coaching, performance management and measurement.

Specifically, we were pleasantly surprised to find a company that could seamlessly integrate those three components without our folks feeling like the intervention was forced. LSA understood what we were trying to accomplish, helped us clarify our objectives, created a solid, refreshing approach that quickly got us moving with engaged people at all levels.

As they began to implement, I was thoroughly impressed with how they listened and made adaptations focused on our needs and business objectives. Overall, I couldn’t be happier that we found a true business partner in LSA Global.”

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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

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

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 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

We consistently receive positive feedback about the quality of the LSA Leadership Training Programs and LSA facilitators. We recognize and appreciate the hard work LSA always goes through to align to our unique culture and meet our specific requirements. Thank you for regularly going above and beyond to design solutions to meet our needs. Your support and dedication, both on the strategic and tactical side, have been outstanding!

Anna Meyer
Leadership Development

Intuit

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

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

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

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

We signed up with LSA early on – as their 22nd Member! Since then, our organization’s learning needs have increased and decreased and increased again with the changing times. The beauty of the LSA business model is its flexibility.  When we need to supplement our own internal skills or resources, we use LSA knowing that we can depend on outstanding quality advice and solutions every time.

Margie Bunting
HR Manager

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 Staff is very appreciative and has become very comfortable with both the program and the process. The experience was better than anticipated.  I could not be more pleased.

Heather Feltman
President & CEO

LSS

We selected LSA Global over 5 other companies to help our key executives improve their overall communication and executive presentation capabilities. LSA exceeded our expectations.  I highly recommend LSA to any executive team looking to better organize and more effectively deliver key executive-level messages when the stakes are high.

Todd Power
Office of the 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

You have become our premier change leadership strategic partner. Your expertise in the human side of change is unparalleled and enabled our company to successfully implement our ERP Solution under challenging and ever-changing circumstances.

Ted Ramlet
CIO & SVP

McKesson

We have had a very beneficial partnership with LSA for over 2 years. The recent Leadership Development Program that they designed and customized with us to help us identify, develop, and retain top leaders in the organization was a huge success. It was instrumental in helping take our company and our key people to the next level. I would recommend their training and consulting services to anyone looking to develop and retain top talent.

Steve Janowsky
Vice President of Operations

Proxicom

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