Lance Giddens is a Senior Partner and Lead Facilitator with Action Learning Associates and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the field of executive development. He has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia working with business managers and government leaders to develop and strengthen team and leadership skills within their organizations. Over the last 8 years, Lance has focused his work primarily in the area of leadership development utilizing performance feedback and executive coaching. In this capacity, he has been instrumental in the design and development of leadership universities at UBS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Weyerhaeuser, Unum Provident, and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream. A sampling of his consulting engagements follows.
General Motors Corporation-Europe: On an extended assignment, he spent sixteen months in Europe, where he hired, trained and managed the program delivery to over 35,000 General Motors Europe employees. This multi-national effort required program delivery in 15 languages and was a part of a major strategic effort to redirect the retail business towards creating customer focus and customer enthusiasm. Insights from project
UBS, 2002-Present: Lance was involved with the creation of the UBS Leadership Institute and has been the lead facilitator of the Global Leadership Experience (a foundational program for the institute since 2002). In the course of that work, he created the Leader’s Court?, a dramatic courtroom hearing where the leaders of the firm have the opportunity to vigorously examine “business realities”, create alignment and understanding around those realities, and identify action steps to address the gaps.
Additionally, he has worked extensively with the Walt Disney Company, SAP America, Federal Express, CalPERS, Dreyers Grand Ice Cream Leadership University, Bank Boston's Advanced Leadership Program, UBS (North America, Europe--Graduate Training Program), Texas Instruments (Asia, North America), Radisys, Unum Provident (Leadership Development), Thrivent (Leadership Development), University of Southern California International Business Education and Research program (IBEAR), Motorola, Pratt & Whitney, Coca-Cola, and the San Miguel Corporation.
Save the Children Organization: Lance received the President’s Award for working with the global leaders of the Save the Children Organization on location in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. During the course of this engagement, he conducted team workshops designed to create alignment and facilitate the implementation of a global strategic initiative. This key initiative took the mission of the organization beyond addressing the needs and welfare of the endangered children of the world to include the creation of programs designed to target the well-being of the Mothers and families of those children. In this capacity, he was also responsible for the delivery of individual coaching sessions and 360 feedback.
Although Lance specializes in executive development, prior to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the 1999 World Cup, he worked as a team development specialist with the United States Women’s Soccer Team, which went on to win both events.