Client Case Study
Three years before the engagement began, this global pharmaceutical company with $25B+ in annual revenues acquired another large, global pharmaceutical provider, which resulted in a 70% increase in global operations – much of it in Europe. The VP of European Operations was charged with merging the operations of the combined company’s IT systems – and realizing major savings in the process.
The VP of European Operations moved to Europe for one year while she led this transformation.
Her first step: ask her boss if she could have a professional coach, explaining that her Number One goal was to change the state of their relationship by improving their communication. He said yes, and she began working with us on an individual coaching plan that centered on 360-degree feedback from members of her European team. After reviewing and processing the feedback, she stood in front of the team, shared what she had learned and described her action plan. After addressing her shortcomings, she outlined the expectations and goals she had for the team and the organization.
This meeting was followed immediately by the launch of a Senior Team Alignment Process – a series of offsite strategy workshops designed to:
Early in the process, we worked with her and her team to clearly define roles and responsibilities, re-think the organizational structure, and build a culture of openness that would facilitate continuous communication and interaction across the region during the transformation.
To ensure alignment, we walked her and her team through the process of developing a Strategy Communication Map that was linked to corporate IT’s Strategic plan. The European version of the document was designed to help everyone in the organization understand the objectives of the transformation, how the specific changes would contribute to these objectives, and how they changes tied into the company’s overall IT strategy.
Knowing that effective communication was a weak spot, she hired a communications expert to work with each leader on status reports, which are sent to her so that she can keep the CTO apprised of progress in Europe. We also encouraged her to initiate one-on-one meetings with the CTO every two weeks and to form a European advisory council composed of the business and IT leaders from across Europe
In twelve months:
I can’t emphasize enough what a huge shift you helped to create for us as an organization. Thanks again for your change management consulting help and guidance.
The clarity, practicality, focus, and accountability are exactly what we needed to make this strategy and major transformation a success from a hearts and minds perspective.
VP Corporate Strategy
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 culture by ensuring we have a common understanding of how to create higher performance and work toward clear and common strategic goals.
Working on our HR Strategy was so eye opening. I feel so much better prepared to be successful as a leader individually and collectively.
Now the entire HR leadership team can drive our growth strategy forward in a way that makes sense.
Director, HR Shared Services
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. Thank you LSA!
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.
Thank you for your practical and outcome-oriented approach.
CIO & SVP
The LSA customized Organizational Alignment Survey gave us a comprehensive view of how our employees experience our culture, talent, and strategy.
The systemic approach provided us with a great forum to discuss the strengths and opportunities in our organization, and then to quickly get focused on the key actions critical to executing our business and people strategies.
General Manager, FSM Division
At a time of change in our marketplace, LSA Global did an exceptional job helping our executive team create strategic clarity by helping us to define, clarify, and prioritize our corporate vision, mission, values, differentiation, target clients, strategic priorities, success metrics and key roles.
They beautifully navigated a very difficult and fuzzy situation, respectfully cleared out all of the cultural elephants, and shared impactful insights and leadership development theories along the way. They have transformed our business.
President & CEO
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 — especially when the stakes are high.
Office of the CEO
LSA has a very unique and powerful methodology regarding learning. Their ability to overcome skepticism, obtain executive support, and create an aligned learning strategy that provides measurable business impact is second to none.
They understand your goals, flex to your needs, and solve problems. They certainly help make my job easier and are a pleasure to work with.
I highly recommend LSA to anyone trying to connect the dots between strategy, skills, knowledge, and results.
Noelle Van Vlierbergen
Human Resources Director
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.
EVP Client Delivery
LSA was very thorough during all phases of our customer service strategy process. Their time spent with management and our employees went very well.
LSA’s insights were very powerful, and their suggestions for the future were very valuable.
I can’t think of any phase of the process that wasn’t first class.
CEO & President
LSA worked with our Executive Leadership Team to help create strategic clarity and alignment as we look to increase our growth rate and unlock innovation. They masterfully handled very complex, challenging, and high stakes leaders, decisions, and cultural nuances to help us identify what matters most and move toward one unified direction.
Their practical, straightforward, and client-centric approach was refreshing. I highly recommend them to any executive team looking to get aligned to create even higher performance. They are lights out awesome!
Chief Financial Officer, Partner
LSA Global really shifted our perspective about strategic clarity and organizational culture.
The 3 C’s approach to workplace culture is very practical and really helps executive teams – even skeptical ones – ensure that your culture is healthy, high performing, and aligned.
Chief Human Resources Officer
We got great value from the executive strategy session. We would not hesitate to use LSA again with our Executive Leadership Team.
Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer
We consider LSA our true business partner.
From Strategic Facilitation and Planning to Presentation Skills and Management Training, they continue to provide excellent value and extremely high quality solutions that make an impact.
I recommend them to anyone looking for a practical approach to drive true business and people results.
Michelle A. Mitchell
Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources
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