Santa Clara, CA, March 10, 2010 – LSA Global, the premier one-stopglobal training outsourcing and consulting firm that focuses on achieving measurable business results with a select group of life science, high technology and services industry clients, today announced that their client, Redwood Trust (NYSE: RWT), was selected by Bersin & Associates as the 2010 Learning Leader in the Leadership Development Excellence category. Redwood Trust has looked to LSA Global for their people performance needs since 2005 and began Leadership Development initiatives with LSA in 2007.
The prestigious award recognizes organizations which 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 Russ Silva who heads up LSA’s Leadership Development practice, “Redwood’s Leadership initiative exemplifies LSA’s approach to executive learning and development—driving meaningful business results. In Redwood’s case, the results added up to a multi-million dollar increase to their bottom-line.” While those results are extraordinary for a leadership development initiative, Silva noted they are the result of designing Leadership solutions that are executed within the context of achieving a company’s 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. Silva explains that “LSA’s three foundational programs at Redwood included a web-based Executive Level Enterprise Simulation, a Case-Based Strategic Decision workshop, and an Action Learning/Challenge Assignment that accounted for the positive impact to Redwood’s bottom-line. Each of these programs places participants in situations where they must make executive level decisions and take meaningful executive action. The programs also provide an ideal platform for Senior Executives to share their knowledge, coach, and mentor developing executives.”
Silva 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 developed a performance measurement system that facilitates performance alignment and coaching conversations. The end result is an environment where individuals are responsible for their performance and leaders are true facilitators of learning.”
The Bersin & Associates report, “Learning Leaders 2010: 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. Click here to receive a complimentary copy. Learning Leaders program partner Elearning! magazine also features Redwood Trust and the other 2010 winners in its March special issue.
About LSA Global
Since 1995, LSA has helped leading organizations create and maintain distinct competitive advantages through people. We are a training and consulting firm that is skeptical of the value of stand-alone training. For development to provide value, we believe that learning should be approached as a business change initiative–not as an event or employee benefit.
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“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.”
VP Human Resources
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.”
The customized leadership styles and coaching program was the best training that I have ever attended. The facilitators were phenomenal. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge coupled with compassionate and caring styles. I’d highly recommend this leadership training program to any manager, director, or executive looking for a life changing leadership program.
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’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.
Director of Marketing
We have been able to utilize LSA’s extensive network of top-notch resources to leverage our investment in employee development. The result has been the cost effective and highly efficient delivery of quality educational and management training programs.
Vice President, Human Resources
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.
Senior Manager Learning & Development
I am very impressed with the quality of work and talent. LSA did a great job of listening to my needs and providing the exact management training program expertise I needed to get the job done.
Director, Business Planning & Analysis
The Next Generation Management Development courses have helped me communicate more effectively with my peers and teammates. By utilizing effective communication techniques such as clarifying and confirming, and asking open ended questions, I have been able to clarify and understand information in situations where I would have otherwise asked limited questions and made false assumptions.
Firmware Engineering Manager
In an effort to establish a solid foundation of consultative selling skills for our client-facing teams that can be built on over time, we engaged with LSA Global. By understanding our business and our markets, LSA Global was able to develop and deliver the relevant skills, tools and processes that have established the foundation for our future success. We are very satisfied with our decision.”
Chief Operating Officer
We engaged with LSA Global to share best practices around Rapid Instructional Design and to develop, design and deliver an education session that taught our property owners the benefits of our Customer Loyalty program. We found LSA Global’s team to be collaborative, insightful, prepared and nimble, especially given that the time frame for the project became compressed. We look forward to continuing our strategic partnership.
Vice President Brand Service
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.
Senior Manager Learning and Development
One of the most dynamic sales training programs I have had the pleasure of being involved in. Nothing I have experienced comes close to them. The sales principles are unique to contact centers and can be applied effectively in sales and customer service-oriented operations.
Director of Sales Development
A key to performance improvement is strongly linked to cultivating the proper type of motivation. Since the performance management training, I have been much more focused on identifying and discussing how our actions in Engineering create value to IGT’s success. So far, the feedback has been positive. The group appears to be more accountable for their actions, and victim loop reactions are less frequent. The value proposition for me and those groups we work with is better teamwork, higher spirits, and a better outlook for things to come in the future (renewed enthusiasm).
Mechanical, HW Engineering Director
The sales strategy and goal setting session was right on target. It was a very valuable process that I highly recommend to any sales team.
Senior Vice President of Sales
Our talk times are very crisp. The Contact Center Learning Solutions contributed significantly to our success at meeting or running under our target talk times. That’s important for our costs and, even more, to respecting our customers’ time. We see these two programs helping us bridge more of our service calls into selling calls. We’ve also reduced training time by a day or more, because these programs fulfill certain training objectives faster and better than what we used before. The overall benefit is quality. Quality comes from the way our associates handle calls – their ability to be confident, professional and crisp in their approach. And it comes from great coaching. These solutions have helped make our customer contact experiences the best they can be.
Quality, Training, and Coaching Director
LSA custom designed a Management Development program that is absolutely “on target” for our technical managers. Their facilitator has done a superb job delivering the material in a way that is fast paced, highly interactive, and fun. She presents practical solutions to the people situations that our managers face every day. I regard LSA as an excellent partner that understands our business needs and a virtual member of our HR department.
Vice President Human Resources
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.
VP Technology & Product Development
LSA Global has provided our Employee Engagement Survey for the past 3 years. Their ability to administer the survey, help us sort through complex organizational changes that impact reporting, and provide flexible, customized report formats gives a high level of comfort and confidence in the work. The survey results have helped us identify and take actions to address the concerns of our Gen Y workforce. In all, LSA provides us with great value, and I would highly recommend them.
Senior Director, Training & Development
For the past 5 years LSA has consistently delivered top notch value to Seagate’s Corporate University Program. The level of facilitator involvement and continuous program evolution has kept the sales negotiation training content and lessons engaging and relevant. We look forward to working with LSA in the future.
Sales Executive, Seagate Data Recovery Services
We engaged with LSA Global to deliver a sales territory planning and management workshop. LSA Global had a unique ability to quickly understand our business and needs. This keen understanding allowed for tailoring of content that was specific and impactful, which created a new awareness of how one’s role and how and with whom one spends their time, can directly influence sales success. Their facilitators were well prepared and ingrained themselves to become one of us. We’ve come to see LSA Global as a partner.
Assistant Vice President Talent
We recently partnered with LSA Global to offer our Supervisors and Managers a customized two-day management training program. Everyone who attended said it was by far the best management training program they had ever attended. The content was rich and highly interactive. The case studies were relevant. Each participant walked away from the training much better equipped to lead their teams.
Director of Human Resources
LSA’s Employee Engagement Consulting and Survey work has provided critical visibility into: how well our people are holding up under the general economic environment, as well as, the specific challenges that face biotechnology companies in their efforts to discover and develop new medicines; their level of alignment and commitment to XOMA’s Vision and mission critical strategies; how leadership practices and management systems support an environment that engender commitment, and the specific actions that our leaders can take to improve on areas that are important to our people. I highly recommend LSA’s employee engagement solutions.
Vice President, HR and IT
Having gone through many leadership development programs it can be said that my approach was reasonably skeptical at first. The analyst in me has concluded it was your method; which was almost conversational and so cleverly delivered I initially missed it, which is the mark of a great facilitator.
In the program several leadership tools were employed, props such as the familiar movie clip, interaction games with peers; the text and reference guides, the analysis and profile of team members by peers and facilitated conversation to name a few. These tools, created scenario based, referenced learning that could be immediately translated into the work place. That coupled with the follow-on coaching sessions have been the key to the development. I am pleased to have attended the LSA Global Program and even more so feel privileged to have had you as teacher and coach.
VP Customer Service
LSA was very thorough during all phases of our customer service strategy process: the pre-meeting, the meeting and post-meeting. Their time spent with management and our employees went very well. LSA’s write-up of what was said was very insightful. Their suggestions for the future were also very valuable. I can’t think of any phase of the process that wasn’t first class.
CEO & President
ServiceSource has relied on LSA Global’s expertise for a variety of core initiatives, from strategy design and implementation, to sales skills, to sales coaching. We recently engaged LSA Global to create a competency matrix for our inside sales team that will serve as our roadmap for employee on-boarding, development, succession planning and retention. This project had a tight timeline with high visibility. LSA Global completed the deliverable ahead of schedule and surpassed our expectations.
PMO and Outside Sales Operations
Senior Vice President
The LSA customized Organizational Alignment Survey gave us a comprehensive view of how our employees experience our culture, talent and strategy. Equally important, the survey and implementation process goes well beyond the typical engagement survey. 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
LSA Global’s consultant brought a fresh perspective to our behavioral based interviewing strategy for two key executive positions we needed to fill, and their consultant helped us develop questions that produced a much deeper understanding of candidates’ capabilities. I am confident that the two new executives joining our organization have the right skills to add significant value. Throughout the process LSA was also very responsive in dealing with short lead time requests.
Because of the unique nature of our business, Excel is a core application in our accounting organization. After three attempts to find an Excel consultant who is capable of helping our finance team integrate advanced applications into our work processes we found LSA and Alex. He was not only a “Real” Excel expert but was masterful in helping us identify where to use Excel applications in our processes to increase our group’s efficiency.
SPO Partners & Co
Kim Silva, CFO
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.
President & CEO
We turned to LSA Global to help take our behavioral interviewing process to the next level in terms of both efficiency and effectiveness. LSA quickly understood our unique culture and challenging requirements. They immediately helped us to improve our ability to continue to hire top talent that fits our culture and talent management strategy as we rapidly scale.
Technical Program Manager
We value the relationship we have with LSA Global. I highly recommend LSA to anyone who is looking for top quality solutions to improve individual or organizational effectiveness.
Director of Human Resources
LSA exceeded all my expectations. We interviewed 7 potential training and consulting partners and selected LSA due to their expertise, flexibility, and breadth and depth of solutions. We were able to construct a management training course from the modules most appropriate to our needs, and are able to provide additional training from their well developed portfolio of experts. Our managers galvanized as a team throughout the session and are better prepared for the rigors of a competitive market.
LSA is a great and high quality training and consulting resource. In less than a week turnaround time, they were able to design and deliver a ‘best in class’ inside sales solution to meet my team’s unique needs. They met my high expectations and were very responsive to my specific objectives.
Americas Retail Sales
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 Global our outsourced learning and development partner. We worked closely with LSA to customize a management development program to meet our growing business needs. I would highly recommend LSA to any company wanting to deliver quality learning solutions.
Vice President Human Resources
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