Performance Management Training

How to effectively manage performance, set goals & have difficult conversations

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“The Zynga team is incredibly appreciative of the impactful learning solutions! Conducting a total of ten customized Performance Management Training sessions in just three days is an impressive accomplishment. Please accept our sincere thanks for the monumental facilitation effort you gave and for delivering “out of the box” to our UK and India teams.

We truly appreciated your partnership and ability to flex in the moment. It’s been delightful. Forwarding a round of applause your way from all of us.”
Corri Cooper | Director Learning & Development | Zynga

“I’ve been associated with LSA for the last 8 years and have found them to be an extremely professional, well managed full service training and consulting organization. The quality of the approach, resources and deliverables of their performance management training solutions are superior.

LSA is well prepared and have definitely aligned to our corporate culture and our business priorities.”
Duane Schroeder | Human Resource Manager | Alps

Performance Management Training is crucial for anyone supervising the work of others.  Managing and improving the performance of others can range from a casual conversation to an annual performance appraisal process that impacts raises and promotions.

Unfortunately, a recent performance management study found that:

  • 45% of HR executives rate managers as having difficulty differentiating between high and low performers.
  • Nearly 40% of line managers believe that they lack the training and skills needed to manage employee performance effectively.

It is no wonder that employee relation issues continue to rise and that employees report feeling “squeezed” to get things done with little to no guidance.

The good news is that good managers can establish a positive performance environment and communication system that drives superior performance, discretionary effort, and loyalty from each employee.

Positive Performance Environments
Clear goals, roles, and success metrics combined with meaningful performance planning sessions and constructive performance feedback can foster a true commitment to individual and team success within each employee.

Consistent, fair, transparent, accurate, timely, relevant, and useful performance management practices benefit the employee, the manager, and the entire organization.

Effective Communication Systems
Difficult performance conversations can stem from a variety of reasons: poor performance, deficient interpersonal skills, not getting a promotion or raise, or any other situation that caused disappointment, confusion, or hurt feelings. For some managers, these interactions are uncomfortable and to be avoided at all costs.

Other managers enjoy delivering bad news, believing that difficult conversations show everyone how “tough” they are.  No matter where you fall on the continuum of comfort for having difficult conversations, it need not be painful.

It can, in fact, be an excellent developmental opportunity for both the individual and you.

Using performance management training to create a high performance culture that works for your people, your culture, and your business strategy is not easy.

To overcome the inherent challenges, many are looking to technology to manage and improve performance. While the promise of automation is alluring and can definitely play a role, we believe the foundation of effective performance is clarity, transparency, and human interaction.

And typically, the interaction with the most leverage occurs with frontline supervisors and middle managers.

To manage performance successfully, these managers must have the ability to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with their people, use management strategies unique to each individual, have respectful coaching conversations that produce quantifiable results, and develop and use their people’s strengths and internal motivation.

Performance Management Training Learning Objectives:  The Environment

  • Communicate clear expectations
  • Set SMART objectives that drive performance
  • Increase employee performance through effective two-way feedback
  • Create an environment of mutual respect with regular performance feedback
  • Write and give useful and accurate performance evaluations
  • Identify targets that enable team members to be forward-focused in reaching their goals
  • Develop performance coaching skills required to improve job performance and commitment
  • Identify and resolve motivational problems
  • Integrate the performance sessions into the employee’s individual development plan

Performance Management Training Learning Objectives:  Communication Systems

  • Stop avoiding difficult conversations by learning to conduct challenging conversations with tact and confidence
  • Acquire tools to improve communication and collaboration
  • Explore the distinctions between inquiry and advocacy
  • Practice adapting communication styles to special circumstances and situations
  • Hone new skills for giving and receiving feedback
  • Manage uncomfortable conversations that stem from personal challenges
  • Develop on-going action plans


Target Audience
People managers who are interested in improving the short- and long-term performance and engagement of their teams.

To speak with an LSA Expert to learn about the Performance Management Training, Goal Setting, and Difficult Performance Conversations program customization and delivery options for your company, please contact us.

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Harmonic has worked with LSA for over 8 years. We have found their partnership extremely beneficial.

We recently implemented a customized Management Development Program that was designed to support our company’s strategic initiative of hiring, building, and retaining key intellectual property and human talent.  It has had the greatest impact.

I would recommend LSA to any company that’s looking for a trusted training and development partner to take their leaders and managers to the next level.

Janice Passarello
Director of Human Resources

We have worked with LSA Global for our learning and development needs and have always had great success.

They helped us recently with targeted and customized Management Training Workshops to fit our unique situation, and they were fantastic.

I highly recommend LSA to anyone that is attempting to help take their leadership and management talent to the next level.

Mary Johnston
HR Manager, BU Radiology Informatics

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 we needed to get the job done.

Don Pryor
Director, Business Planning & Analysis

We gave LSA a very short deadline to customize an important management training program to meet our unique requirements.

Their facilitator was excellent, an expert in the subject matter, and very credible with our teams.

The targeted design provided practical and valuable information and skills that our managers truly needed.

I highly recommend LSA Global, particularly in the area of management training.

Julaine K. Souza
Senior Vice President

What a refreshing change from the half-baked psycho-babble you normally get from training and consulting organizations. LSA gives you the practical and results-oriented assistance you need to define and reach your goals.

Their leadership, management, and sales expertise has been invaluable.  They think strategically and provide a results driven plan – not just a temporary fix.

They are great to work with, and even more importantly, they “get it!”

David Fiano
Director of Merchandising

We partnered with LSA Global to help us invest in our people in the areas of performance coaching, diversity, and inclusion. They were very flexible in meeting our specific needs.

LSA exceeded my expectations from a speed, quality, and value standpoint. I would recommend LSA to anyone looking for a true business partner.

Anita Luckinbill
Director, Human Resources

LSA has been a tremendous asset to my portfolio, both at my current company and my past company.

As an HR leader, I am always looking for ways to find external resources that can provide leadership and management training expertise. LSA consistently does that for me.

Their targeted and practical solutions are presented in a leadership-oriented manner.  They are crisp, business relevant, and easy to apply on the job.

I will continue to augment our internal programs using LSA solutions.

Ken Boehm
VP of Human Resources

LSA helped us with leadership development by designing a solution to match our unique needs and culture. It was such a huge success and received rave reviews. I would highly recommend LSA to help take leaders and managers to the next level.

Karen King, SPHR
Manager, Human Resources

Alliance Data

I continue to be impressed by the level of leadership development training and management expertise and quality of advice and facilitation that LSA has to offer.

What a smart and client-centric group of great people who really know how to help assess and develop high performing leaders.

Tracy Esposito
Director

zynga LSA Global gaming client

LSA helped us design and deliver blended leadership solutions for our key leaders to help drive our growth plans in a way that aligned with our unique culture and values.

LSA understood our business, had deep expertise in the content areas, customized the leadership development programs to fit our specific needs, and delivered great results in alignment with our strategic priorities, culture, and performance management systems.

I highly recommend them to anyone looking to take their leaders and the performance of their teams to the next level.

Beth A. Taylor
Vice President of Human Resources

Thoratec

LSA’s approach and ability to bring the right leadership and management expertise and approach to eBay has been a great asset.

They really focus on helping us succeed in any way they can and definitely lifted up our leadership and management development capabilities.

Mike Normant
Learning & Development

ebay

Avon’s success is dependent on strong relationships among our Customers, Representatives, Associates, and outside resources we hire to help us meet our business objectives. We were very pleased with the results from working with LSA Global to design and facilitate a custom program for our events management team. LSA demonstrated responsiveness, flexibility, and an innovative approach to working with us.

Deanna Rudnitsky
Senior Manager, HR Destiny Sales Region

LSA has become the gold standard in team building and management training at Genomic Health! I have a hard time finding facilitators that come close to their level of customization, expertise and experience.

Emily Couey
Director of Human Resources

I appreciate that each management development program is preceded by a thorough training needs assessment of the participants that informs a design to fit the specific parameters and needs of the group.

The highly interactive delivery is provided by recognized experts in their fields. On the spot coaching is provided during the program and each participant receives individual follow-up after the course.

Courses can be delivered in-person or virtually.

Given the nature of Cisco’s business and the way we operate, these remote workshops are a must for anyone who joins our company. Their work is eye opening. Great content and fantastic delivery.

Frank J. Kuypers
Business Development Manager

LSA’s customized Effective Presentation Skills program has helped us elevate our presentation skills to the next level. I personally now have a much greater self-awareness of my presentation skills and can leverage off of my strengths while working to improve upon other areas.

I definitely recommend LSA Global to anyone for whom business or sales presentations are an integral part of their job.

Jim Elliott
Senior Marketing Manager

Samsung

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