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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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

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

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

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

LSA Global has been a great partner in helping us move toward being “the leading developer of talent in the service performance management industry.” I have engaged LSA 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

Having tripled in size and recently merged, LSA helped our executive team to increase our level of strategic alignment, to solidify our new direction, and to push our agency forward. As we look to rapidly scale, the clear, actionable, and 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

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

We have had a very beneficial partnership with LSA. Their recent Leadership Development Program helped us to identify, develop, and retain top leaders. It was instrumental in helping take our company and our key people to the next level. I would recommend them to anyone looking to truly develop and retain top talent.

Steve Janowsky
Vice President of Operations

Proxicom

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

I continue to be impressed by the level of depth and breadth of expertise, leadership development, and management development 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

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

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

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

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

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

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