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2 High Performance Moves to Take Your Team to the Next Level
It is the Leader’s challenge to create the circumstances that stimulate improved performance and execution. The key question for business leaders is not “why” high performance but rather “how”?

29 Ways to Build and Maintain Trust as a Leader
Effective leaders know how to build and maintain trust to create higher performance and a highly engaged workplace.

3 Big Mistakes to Avoid When Cascading Your Corporate Strategy
It is one thing to draft a compelling strategic plan with your executive team. It is an entirely different and more challenging matter to execute that strategy effectively and consistently through the organization.

3 Giant Myths of Strategic Planning
Strategic planning is only the beginning. Less than 10% of well formulated strategies are effectively executed. Why? Executives fall prey to three myths.

3x Alignment Research Findings. Strategy, Culture, Talent
We launched a research initiative to understand what distinguishes the winners from the losers.  What we found? Highly aligned companies significantly outperform their peers and seven alignment factors matter most.

4 Keys to Present Like a Rock Star to Senior Executives
Senior Executives are one of the hardest-hitting crowds you will ever face as a presenter.

5 Expert Tips to Better Communicate Your Strategic Plan
To succeed, employees must be won over by the legitimacy, significance and relevance of their company’s purpose and strategic priorities.

5 Key Succession Planning Trends and Lessons from the Field
Succession planning expectations are increasing. Most companies have taken some steps. Are they effective? What can you learn from them?

5 Keys to Winning at Succession Planning
Five guidelines for putting a new succession planning program in place or for how to breath life into your existing succession systems.

5 Science-Backed Lenses of Change Leadership
While successful corporate change often seems impossible, it can be and has been done. Get a proven framework for designing and implementing change efforts that work.

7 Ways to Stress Test Your Strategy
An unclear business strategy makes choices, priorities and trade-offs blurry for employees.  Our research found most leaders think their strategy is twice as clear as the rest of the organization.

8 Critical Steps to Inspirational Leadership
The truly inspirational leader does seem to breathe life into a project, a team, an organization. Helping another person to connect his or her daily efforts to the strategic goals and vision of the organization is the challenge of the inspirational leader.

8 Reasons Leaders Need 360 Feedback
Done right, the 360-degree feedback process provides valuable insight that individuals typically cannot gain on their own.

A New Way to Think About Change: The Agile Organization
The most important learning from our collective change experience is this: How we think about change management must fundamentally change.

A Purposeful and Aligned Culture – Your Organization’s DNA
A Purposeful Culture engages the business strategy.  It accounts for 40% of the difference between high and low performing organizations.

Alignment: The Missing Leadership Ingredient Not to Miss
A great strategy can be rendered utterly useless by an ineffective culture and average talent. The proper alignment of strategy, culture and talent allows organizations to thrive and outperform their competition.

Are 2 in 5 Managers Really Bad Bosses?
The year began with a flurry of articles about bad bosses. The authors intended to test the premise: “employees don’t leave their job or company, they leave their boss.” The findings may surprise you.

Becoming a New Leader: 5 Traps to Avoid
As a new leader, everyone is watching and judging the moves that you make. Even a great team can be rendered utterly unproductive by an ineffective leader.

Changing Corporate Culture: 4 Do’s and 3 Don’ts
Leaders are beginning to better understand the importance of culture.  Changing an entrenched attitudes and beliefs however, is one of the toughest leadership tasks you will face.

Do You have a High Performance Culture to Drive Your Strategy?
It is your job as a leader to shape and align your culture to move your strategy forward.  Culture accounts for 40% of the difference between high and low performing organizations.

Does Shared Leadership Make Sense for Your Organization?
“We want the four of you to lead this collectively. It is time for all of you to step up.”  Does shared leadership work?

Ethical Leadership: What Does it Mean?
How can you ensure that your company doesn’t fall prey to the next big ethics scandal? If you think the answer is simply more legal training and compliance policies, you are at risk.

Five Keys to Effective Executive Coaching
Coaching should be done in the right place at the right time with the right style. Look for teachable moments and provide feedback with the right balance of directness and empathy.

How to Build Higher Levels of Trust in Leaders
One area stands out as having the highest correlation to high levels of employee engagement compared to any other – the ability of Leaders to Build Trust.

How to Fast Track Your Leaders with Just-in-Time Action Learning
Are your leaders prepared for the #1 challenge that they will face in the next 12 months? This whitepaper lays out practical, just-in-time leadership development approaches that work. Are you doing what it takes?

Influencer = Catalyst: 3 Steps for a Savvy Leader to Take
What does it take to influence change? Can this leadership skill be learned? Great leaders share three key characteristics.

Information Flow: Why It is Critical to Organizational Alignment
Accurate and timely information is critical. But just how important is it compared to all of the other avenues you can take as a leader to improve performance?

Leadership – Why Defining Failure is Critical to Creating Success
The lack of performance clarity creates a significant leadership problem for companies looking to grow. The ambiguity creates an environment that allows underperformers to hide and stay.

Leadership Performance Pressure – The Science Behind Performance Expectations
Leaders are expected to create the environment that gets the most from their people. If we push too much or too little, we may not meet our goals. How to strike the right balance.

Leading Change: Top 4 Risks to Overcome
Can your key leaders successfully implement the important changes required to execute your strategy? Effective change leaders understand the need to anticipate and mitigate four key risks.

Need Bench Strength? A Proven Fast Track to Leadership
70% percent of companies confessed that they are doing nothing to close leadership gaps. Read about the two fundamental causes and what to do about it.

Political Savvy: How to Understand and Use Politics to Strategically Influence Others
Are Politics Helping or Hurting You and Your Company?  Power plays, turf battles, deception, and sabotage block individuals’ career progress and threaten companies’ resources and results.

Rhapsody in Change: The Subtleties between Leadership and Action
Leadership meets its deepest challenge when it must face up to the need for a deep, major, and rapid shift in the whole fabric of the organization that doesn’t seem to welcome it.

Should You Facilitate Your Own Strategy Retreat? 3 Guidelines to Help You Decide
When conducting a strategy retreat, you have options.Here are three situations that call for an outside facilitator if you want to be successful.

Solving the Mystery of Successful Strategy Execution: What to Do Once Your Strategy Retreat Is Over
Successful execution typically means making hundreds of decisions every day. The challenge is to be clear on how each choice drives the strategy forward.

The 3 Levels of a High Performance Culture
Based upon over 25 years of research and experience, we have identified three critical and interrelated components required to create a workplace culture that matters.

The 4R Model of Transformational Leadership
We believe that leaders can be made.  The 4R Model is a roadmap for how leadership can be consciously developed and practiced through Relationships, Roles, Responsibilities and Results.

The Elite 6% – How Strategic Clarity Distinguishes High Performing Leaders
According to a recent USA Today article, only 6% of last year’s Standard & Poor’s 500 firms accounted for 50% of the profits.  What did those leaders do differently?

The Top Skills for High Performing Leaders
These six leadership competencies continue to rise to the top regardless of industry, client, strategy or culture.

Top 10 Most Powerful Ways Leaders Can Boost Employee Engagement
Inspiring people to put forth their best effort is, perhaps, a leader’s most vexing, and yet most rewarding, challenge. The good news is that employee engagement can be measured and improved.

Top 5 Warning Signs that Your Performance Environment May Be In Trouble
If you have direct reports, then you should sit up and take notice. Think about it. What percent of your success is dependent upon the success of others? Learn what to look out for in your organization.

Unique Value Proposition – Are You Setting Yourself Apart from the Competition?
Your differentiation or unique value proposition is worth the time and effort to get right.

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Jennifer Remling
Director of Global Recruiting

AKQA

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 goal.  They 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
Vice President Human Resources

I had been working with LSA for many years with my prior company. Currently, I’m with a company who hadn’t done much basic management skills training. After identifying and presenting a program recently, our managers are excited and talking in the halls about the great experience. LSA saves us time in delivering the right training for our needs.

Phyllis Moracco
HR Director

I’ve partnered with LSA Global at two companies now, and I consider them a valuable and trusted training and consulting resource. They recommended just the right solution to address our management development needs and have wonderful facilitators that match YuMe’s culture and style of our management team. I would highly recommend LSA Global to any company wanting to deliver quality learning solutions with a valuable learning and development partner.

Maya Paul
HR Director

LSA helped change our entire culture around meetings, making them more effective and efficient, thus enabling us to concentrate on driving more business.

Terry Wassman
VP of Human Resources

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.

Judith Onton
Vice President Human Resources

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

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

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.

Jeff Coon
Director of Human Resources

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.

Steve Feller
Vice President, Human Resources

Our company engaged LSA to do a specialized “train the trainer” program, and the consultant’s performance outdid our exceptionally high standards for such a program. Very crucial to the success of this program was the work done upfront to discuss our needs and to interview key members of our organization so that the program specifically met our goals. Our facilitators continue to comment on the success of the program. Thanks also for the follow-up.

Frank Abbott
Chief Financial Officer

Harmonic has worked with LSA for over 8 years. We have found their partnership extremely beneficial. We recently implemented a Management Development Program that was designed and customized to support our company’s strategic initiative of hiring, building, and retaining key intellectual property and human talent. We worked closely with LSA to target and implement the right solutions with the greatest impact. I would recommend LSA to any company that’s looking for a trusted training and development partner.

Janice Passarello
Director of Human Resources

The LSA Global team was very receptive and flexible to our needs every step of the way. Their staff and facilitator demonstrated attention to detail, responsiveness, and professional courtesy. The participants were thrilled with the outcome and rated the communication skills workshop and the facilitator as ‘Excellent’. I’d highly recommend working with the LSA Global team to meet your professional development needs.

John Mastrorilli
FRDP Leader

Intuit

I have worked with other training companies and found it to be more of a seller/buyer relationship than one of matching the right expertise to our business issues. That’s what LSA does – ask the hard questions, listen, and understand our business needs. We receive the benefit of their expertise from assistance with personal development plans to enhancing team performance, to looking at enterprise-wide challenges. It’s all about helping our business succeed as we grow. Right now, LSA is providing great ideas, a fresh approach, and valuable guidance as we develop our management team and accelerate our client relationship management results.

Kristin Westland-Kaune
Director, Team Development

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.

Terri Wright-Scheer
Vice President Human Resources

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