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Individually Tailored Services Guaranteed to Transform Careers – From Selection through Succession.
At LAK Group, our purpose is to transform careers, cultures & organizations from selection through succession. LAK Group has been Transforming Careers™ through individually tailored, high-touch services for over 40 years.
We apply this approach to all of our Culture Shaping, Talent Strategy, Career Transformation, and Leadership Development programs and services. We partner with organizations to create and deploy integrated strategies and tactics to improve organizational and employee agility, resilience, effectiveness, and success over the long term.
Transforming Careers™ since 1977, LAK Group has more than 40 years of experience partnering with public and private industry-leading corporations from Fortune 100-2000 companies throughout North America. Our clients span a variety of industries, such as Healthcare, Financial Services, Heavy Manufacturing, Energy Exploration, Development and Distribution, P&C Insurance, Consumer Packaged Goods, Agricultural Equipment Manufacturing and Distribution, and Bio-Science.
We believe, like our clients, that talent is the most valuable resource. Our role is to support our clients in aligning their talent to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. When our clients succeed, so do we. By helping their employees find the courage to pursue their passions, they can be highly engaged in what they are doing to support the goals of the business every day.
What we do
Our expertise is focused on a business aligned and integrated approach to talent management and organization effectiveness in the following areas:
- Culture Shaping: Inspiring organizations to shape culture, improve organization effectiveness and manage change.
- Talent Strategy Development: Building organizations as they strengthen a diverse pipeline through talent planning, assessment, process design and alignment.
- Career Transformation: Setting up people for success as they navigate and advance their careers from development through outplacement.
- Leadership Development & Coaching: Enabling people to reach their potential as exceptional leaders through coaching and development.
To make a difference in the world of work, one individual at a time, so our communities may flourish.
Impact Through Insight
LAK Group solutions are based on insights gathered from your leadership team within the context of your organization. This ensures the impact of the strategies and solutions that we recommend are aligned with your comp any’s culture, values, and goals.
Competition for Talent
Today’s fierce competition for talent necessitates being an employer of choice. Developing a culture that supports career development increases your attractiveness as an employer who can attract, develop, retain, and engage talented individuals.
Assessing talent helps to predict potential, performance, readiness, and fit.can help your organization develop your point of view on how and why to utilize assessments to make selection, development, and promotion decisions with confidence.
Organizations need the most qualified people, in the most appropriate place, at the optimal time. The most pressing imperative for leaders today is failure to attract and retain top talent…talent that can meet challenges today and tomorrow and have an impact on corporate growth. To succeed, businesses need to make strategic decisions to identify and develop their talent. They need skilled employees who are prepared to perform crucial roles.
Gain a Clearer View of Talent
For more than four decades,has been assessing leadership and providing clients with an expert review of their most valuable resource: their people. We evaluate skills and capabilities of current leadership and make carefully-considered recommendations for the organization’s current and future roles.
There is more to assessing leaders than accurately identifying the abilities of the workforce and determining quantifiable metrics. Effective assessments require the insight of a skilled practitioner with a depth of experience to measure performance, potential, readiness, and fit.can help your organization make selection and development decisions with confidence and success.
We Help to Measure:
Potential:ensures your talent is prepared, qualified, and motivated for the next position. To assure future success, we lookat each person’s potential to excel in a more demanding and complex role.
Performance: Current performance metrics, and how your workforce handles their current jobs, is a basic measurement of a solid performer. However,looks more deeply at how talent deliver results and achieve their goals. We pair the most reliable tools to the competencies and behaviors being measured to show you which members of your workforce are performing well in their current jobs.
Readiness: Timing is everything in business. You cannot afford to mistake leadership potential for readiness. Putting an employee into a leadership position before they are ready can lead to negative consequences for both your organization and the individual. To be certain they are prepared for the next challenge, and to cultivate leaders preparing them for the job now, is your organization’s responsibility.helps to determine the readiness of individuals for future roles and opportunities.
Fit: Performance, potential, and readiness does not assure an ideal candidate for every possible position.knows the difference between being a good employee and being a good leader. There is a difference between being a good leader and being ideal for a particular role. Our assessments paint a picture of a person. From there, we can determine how well their skillset and personality fit with key positions within your company.
The mandate for effective leadership has never been greater than it is today. Driving your business success depends on how rapidly and decisively your people can respond to ever-changing marketplace demands and lead confidently in a fast-paced, complex environment.provides your leaders with the customized support necessary to rise to these challenges, meet your business objectives, maximize opportunities, and equip them to lead authentically.
Accelerate Leaders’ Development, Performance, and Impact.
Coaching is an individual development experience that unfolds in the context of a system. Atwe focus on individual drivers and objectives and align these to your organization’s goals for greatest impact. We help leaders transform behaviors at a personal level to ensure they have the momentum to drive your business objectives. Our coaching team includes experienced, professional coaches certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), including business leaders, academics, and industrial psychologists. We take pride in our high-touch, personalized approach and stand behind it with our satisfaction guarantee.
Whether you are a CEO looking for a seasoned, trusted advisor, a senior executive looking for 1-on-1 coaching, a CHRO designing and implementing a coaching program, or a Board charged with succession and/or governance,can address your needs. We specialize in helping executives and organizations effectively lead during times of complexity, change, and uncertainty. Our coaching solutions have been applied in a variety of ways, including:
C-Suite & Board Advisory: Advance your organization by providing your most senior leaders with guidance from professional coaches who understand the unique challenges that leaders face at this level.
Leadership Coaching: Leadership coaching can apply to any level of the organization with a focus on increasing self-awareness and establishing practical, actionable, and measurable development steps to accelerate success in the development continuum.
Onboarding Coaching: As the title implies, applicable to leaders new to role and/or new to the organization. Onboarding coaching can reduce the risk associated with new-in-role situations.
Millennial Coaching: Accustomed to a different way of engaging with work and relationships, we know that millennials need a coach that understands and can flex to their way of working to support their success. Our coaches focus with these leaders on how to effectively work within your existing culture to build an environment that breeds success for all generations.
Accelerated Coaching: When business demands necessitate fast-tracking a leaders’ development, we help by identifying the critical few adjustments needed to support a mindset or enhanced leadership competence required to meet evolving expectations.
Applications Coaching: LAK will design a tailored approach to complement your existing internal Leadership Development (LD) program to ensure your LD program learning objectives are put into practice on the job.
Team Coaching: High-performing teams are the backbone of contemporary business. LAK helps to focus work teams who share common vision, purpose, and values, accelerating the pace of success by helping them regroup, realign, and reignite.
Coaching Skills for Leaders: Custom solutions designed to provide managers and team leaders the skills necessary to maximize employee and team performance in today’s diverse workplace.
Career Transition & Outplacement
Transforming Careers through individually-tailored, high-touch services – Guaranteed. Over the past 40 years,has supported clients moving forward in their careers to create the most positive outcomes.
By providing a high-touch, personalized approach to supporting separated employees achieve their career goals, we help companies retain the trust, respect, and engagement of their remaining employees. What we do is much more than reducing severance costs. Real career transition support is about doing what’s best for individuals and organizations. At, we support this belief with an industry-leading 100% Promise of Satisfaction.
Our Career Transition & Outplacement services allow companies to focus on minimizing distractions and supporting leadership, enabling them to maintain focus, engagement, and productivity during an unpredictable time. Our firm takes great pride in our laser-like focus on clients’ needs.high-touch and customized Career Transition & Outplacement programs provide your employees with the skills and resources necessary to achieve their unique career goals.
Personalized services for each individual include: dedicated career coaching, in-depth assessments, resume and LinkedIn profile development, interview skills preparation and negotiation strategies, and communication development to ensure the individual is positioned for success.
Dedicated Consultant – Our Career Coaches are industry and business professionals that have a desire to improve the communities in which we live and work.
Unlimited Support – We work with each individual throughout their journey…for their entire journey.
1 on 1 Coaching & Consulting – Our Career Coaches work with each client 1-on-1, in real time, and not in a group or web-based meeting or recorded training.
Tailor-Made Job Search Campaign – From resume creation, market planning, and job search execution, through offer negotiation and onboarding, we assist individuals reach outcomes that are meaningful.
Job Search Skills Training – It takes more than just filling out an online application to land a new job. The training we provide helps our clients understand how and why to use tools like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Glass Door – to create a conversation and achieve the positive outcomes.
Full-Service Approach – Our clients define the outcomes they wish to achieve and each definition of success is unique. Success may be traditional re-employment, starting a new venture, buying a business, developing a portfolio career, or devoting time to community pursuits.
100% Guarantee – We provide a 100% guarantee for the results of our service.
Succession Planning is More Than Replacement Hiring
When people think of succession planning, they tend to think of C-suite replacement. But what about other areas of the company? Do you have the next generation ready to fill roles at all levels of your company? Have you created a development plan for people to move up or across the organization? Or do you often hire outside of the company for roles because you think no one internal is good enough?
The only way to reduce the effect of lost talent or under-performing employees is with multilevel succession. The idea of succession mapping is not a new one; companies often use one to fill C-suite roles or for family businesses to pass the torch to a family member. Succession planning is not for all organizations. This kind of leadership commitment to developing and mentoring the next generation is a vital component of a company that believes its most important asset is its people. If the company doesn’t believe this at all levels, it will not be successful.
Succession planning, done well, not only provides organizations with a pool of talent ready to step in to roles of greater responsibility and impact, it also plays an important role in your talent retention strategy. Individuals that see a path to their next career step and who are engaged in development that enables them to be ready when needed, are committed to your organization and its long-term success. With talent shortages at an all-time high, you can’t risk having your high potential talent leave because they don’t see a place for themselves in your future.
collaborates with your executive leadership and key stakeholders to help you create and execute the succession planning process that is right for your organization at whatever stage you may be. Whether you are just starting your journey or actively implementing an existing plan, can assist with communication, assessment, defining key competencies required for role success, job profile creation, pinpointing organizational gaps, development planning, and providing leadership development support and coaching to those in your talent pool.
In consultation with your executive leadership, we define the desired outcome of the Organizational Design and initiate an action plan to accomplish the objectives. This can include in-depth interviews with key employees and stakeholders, facilitating discussions with work groups to identify gaps or required changes, proposing new designs, and creating a transition plan that facilitates migration to the desired structure.
At the LAK Group, we believe that there is a direct connection between organizational resilience and business success. Our approach to change resiliency provides organizations with a structured approach to managing change and creates a new mindset in your organizations response to change. Our methodology integrates critical steps to guide leaders through the process of defining outcomes, aligning activities, clarifying roles, effectively communicating, and implementing the tools necessary to successfully navigate the change journey. Our change resilience model provides a dynamic set of tools and resources designed to support all change efforts regardless of size, scope, and complexity.
Leadership Skills Development
For frontline leaders and supervisors, we provide supervisory training that integrates company-specific methodologies with time-proven best practices. Our process begins with a thorough needs assessment targeting specific areas for training. We build individual leadership-style assessments into the initial phase of the program. The results lead to a curriculum with company-related, “real life” situations for optimal learning and development. Our coaches meet with each individual and his manager to develop a leadership action plan incorporating measurable and realistic goals.
“LAK Group is more than just a consultant for my company, they are a true business partner. Their reputation is known throughout our organization and their outplacement programs help soften the impact of staff reductions. Employees throughout Canada and the U.S. know that they care about helping them get on with their lives and better themselves, versus just getting a job.”
– Director of Human Resources, Toronto, Canada
“The coaching you provided to a number of my senior staff was most valuable in helping this individual assimilate into his new role. In particular, his ability to interact with key executives at a new level and lead his team forward was significantly enhanced. I plan on using LAK Group’s Onboarding/Assimilation Coaching in the future.”
– Chief Executive Officer – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
“I was grateful for your willingness to be available for discussions and making me feel that my search was your search. Your perspective on many issues was counterintuitive and helped me to make good decisions. Your counsel focused me on remaining true to my goal of leading an organization and helping to sort out the various offers and options presented to me.”
– President – Minneapolis, Minnesota
“The professionalism of the organization is evident in every assignment I give to them. I have peace of mind that they will take care of the individuals who leave our company, regardless of their locations across North America. With a business relationship of over 25 years, they are time-tested and have proven to be very successful.”
– Chief Human Resources Officer – Tampa, Florida
“During our decade long business relationship, I have developed a trust and comfort level in the service they provide. Our employees, regardless of their level, are treated with the highest degree of professionalism and they truly like working with LAK Group. They have a proven record of success on every assignment I have given them.”
– Regional Business President – Los Angeles, California
“Consistency and commitment are two things that come to mind when I think of LAK Group. I trust them to provide a consistent and dedicated effort on every assignment, and that they will deliver the service we require. In doing these things, they continue to build their business relationship with our organization in the U.S. and Canada.”
– Executive Vice President, Human Resources – Des Plaines, Illinois
“One thing that comes to mind, is that I have received many phone calls from displaced employees that recounted the personalized service they received from them. Rather than provide time-limited programs, they work with each person until they are re-employed and stay on top of them as needed to insure success.”
– Executive Vice President, Human Resources – Chicago, Illinois
“I feel very comfortable with LAK Group in providing a tailored approach for each individual that they work with. I like the fact they take the time to assess a person’s strengths and weaknesses, put a strategy in place, and then execute that strategy. I know that the money my company spends on Outplacement with their firm, is money well spent.“
– Vice President, Human Resources – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania