Leading High Performance Project Teams: The Art of Project Project Leadership


How to Lead High Performing Project Teams

(15 PMI PDU's)

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“We hired LSA to help 65 key people understand how to better lead critical projects with a very tight turnaround. LSA’s ability to identify the key trends, leverage points, and next steps for leading high performance project teams in out unique environment was great.

They really got to the heart of the issues in a constructive and unbiased manner that exceeded my expectations. It was not an easy task with so many skeptical people with different agendas, styles, experience, and perspectives.”
Darrell Gallagher | Head of Studio | Crystal Dynamics

Leading high performance project teams to improve project team performance through project leadership and project communication.

Recognizing that nearly all projects are accomplished through the concerted, coordinated work of project teams, this project leadership workshop focuses on the human factors involved project management. Whether the teams are part-time volunteers or highly-skilled professionals, their productivity and success is dramatically affected by the relationships within the team and their ability to function as a cohesive unit. This workshop provides a vision of a high performance project team and specific guidelines every project team leader can follow to improve performance.

Project teams have a special challenge: they come together for a temporary assignment in which they face a unique problem. Successful project teams build a positive project team environment and learn to work together to solve problems even in the face of conflict. This workshop focuses on project leadership styles, presents proven project communication techniques, and details project team building principles in the context of the project environment.

Combining research, discussion, and extensive use of role playing and experiential learning, participants learn the theory behind the art of managing and leading project teams.

Benefits of Leading High Performance Project Teams
Leading high performance project teams has many proven benefits to the company, the project, the project manager, and the project team.

  • Enhance project team performance by improving project team cohesion and project team collaboration.
  • Avoid costly project delays due to unresolved project issues and project conflicts.
  • Recognize and avoid project problems before they occur.
  • Manage project stakeholders — and their expectations — effectively.
  • Improve the bottom line by getting people to work together quickly.
  • Develop lasting relationships that project team members can carry forward to future projects.

Workshop Objectives
Upon completion of Leading High Performance Project Teams, participants will be able to:

  • Draw out effective project performance from a project team who have a range of skills, attitudes and cognitive/behavior styles.
  • Lead and facilitate a project team to productively solve abstract problems.
  • Form a group of individuals into a cohesive project team that shares a commitment to a common goal.
  • Create a positive, productive atmosphere within a project team.

Workshop Outline
While the workshop is customized to meet the specific needs of each client, the standard outline is listed below.

1. Introduction to Leading High Performance Project Management Teams

2. Personal Project Leadership Skills

  • Using behavior styles to improve project communication
  • Stages of project team development

3. Creating a Positive Project Team Environment

  • Project ground rules
  • Project team identity
  • Project listening skills
  • Project meeting management

4. Project Collaboration

5. Achieving High Project Team Performance

6. Course Closure

Target Audience:
Project managers, team leaders, and senior team members who need to effectively lead work groups and lead project teams.

Related Information

We hired LSA to design and deliver a Project Post Mortem for sixty five key people on a mission critical project with a very tight turnaround. LSA’s ability to identify the key trends, leverage points, and next steps was remarkable.

They really got to the heart of the issues in a constructive and unbiased manner that exceeded our expectations.

It was not an easy task with so many skeptical people with different agendas, styles, experience, and perspectives.  But they nailed it.  Thank you!

Darrell Gallagher
Head of Studio

Crystal Dynamics

The project management training program was fantastic. It could not have gone any better.  It was extremely helpful to me as a manager to be strategic during a time of explosive growth and change. It was fully customized to our industry and our needs, everyone came out of it with a solid direction of next steps.  We are excited to take the next steps with LSA Global and to implement the project management best practices in a way that works for our unique culture.

Karen M. Inzilla
Director, Sales Operations

Blackhawk Network

LSA recently designed and delivered a project post mortem for a highly strategic project with a group of 25 team members from engineering, design, marketing, product management, sales, manufacturing, purchasing, business development, research, and finance. The pre-workshop diagnostic, interviews, and experiential session greatly exceeded our expectations.

We were able to honestly and effectively get everything out on the table, agree upon key lessons, and create a targeted action plan that made sense for our unique situation, team, and culture. The whole process made a very complex and potentially political situation a big success. We could not have done the retrospective without LSA.

Eric Vernon
Director of Operations


We have found LSA to be highly responsive to meeting our unique project management training program needs. Their passion for high levels of customer satisfaction and quality align very closely with our core values.  

Kudos to LSA Global for the program that they provided my team. It was exactly what I wanted, and your team did a great job of engaging our group and providing the solid Project Management skills that we need.

Laura McHugh


LSA’s ability to do an effective project postmortem and then help us to use those insights to define and plan our next strategic project were invaluable.  Their practical approach and built-for-purpose project kickoff and definition methodology have definitely taken our project definition, project planning, and project management skills to the next level.

I bet they helped us to move 4 times faster than we would have without their help.

Elizabeth Smith, PMP
Senior Project & Portfolio Manager

LSA Global Applegate Consumer Product Client

We recently designed and implemented two high value Project Management Workshops with LSA. The goal was to improve the fundamental project management skills for less experienced project managers and team members and to prepare our experienced project managers to become PMP certified. The programs were very well received and additional sessions have been requested. Both facilitators were excellent, building strong rapport with our scientists and taking time to encourage & answer questions. Based upon the results and the feedback around the company, the next workshops are already full. I highly recommend LSA to any company looking to take their project management skills to the next level.

Stacey Porter
Senior Manager Learning & Development


LSA’s Customized Project Management workshop exceeded our expectations. The facilitator was a true expert in both the content and our industry. They really understood our priorities and helped us learn not only the best practices in Project Management, but how to apply them to our specific environment. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to create the foundation for successful projects and project teams.

Dave Musolf
Director Program Management


We turned to LSA Global to help us take our project risk management practices to the next level. As we continue to grow and our projects are increasing significantly in complexity, it is imperative that we incorporate risk management best practices deeper into our Delivery and Project Management methodologies to continue to increase productivity, efficiency, and client satisfaction. I am really happy with the results and would recommend LSA to anyone looking to take project risk management to the next level.

Scott Wassmer
US Director of Production


LSA’s Project Management facilitator is one of the best I have ever worked with. His efforts and work in teaching complex and intensive Project Management principles across all levels and backgrounds within our organization have been of the highest value.

Leslie Guzman
Learning and Development


LSA did a great job. The project management solution was really well done from both a content and approach perspective. Overall a very positive experience that provided a lot of value. They really understood the art and science of project management and the specifics of our industry.

Laxmi Peri
VP Technology & Product Development


Thanks for a great and valuable session. The Project Management expertise and methodology that you brought to the table was perfectly targeted to our needs and our company. You definitely helped us launch an important step in driving best practice company standards around project management. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone looking to improve project management skills and methodologies.

Bill Thayer
VP Field Operations


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