Lead from the Middle

Tier 3 High Performance Operations Leadership



Program Overview


Moving from a front-line leader to a middle management leader is one of the most challenging evolution a leader can make.


 This comprehensive and practical leadership skills development program will provide middle managers with the tools and thinking to successfully transition to a High-Performance Middle Manager Leader.


This leadership skill development program is based on learning and doing methodology.  Each leaders is required to apply what they learn through a personal development plan that they will complete during the program.


Each leader will receive one-on-one coaching support from a proven and experienced leader to guide them through key practical skill development and formation of essential leader habits. Each leader is also required to have an internal company mentor to advise, challenge and support them through the program.




Skill Devleopment Focus


The Lead from the Middle program was designed from the input and feedback of a steering committe of industry senior leaders, based on what they see their leaders are either lacking or need to successfully drive the their organizations in today's challenging business.  The program has an operational leadership focus, but provides excellent skill development for any middle level leader.


The objectives of the program are to:


  • Develop essential middle manager leader skills including situational leadership, decision making and core roles and responsibilities
  • Learn to develop one's self and those around you
  • Gain practical knowledge of the fundamentals of effective tier 3 (department) management systems - the Organizational Systems Thinking Model
  • Learn to better communicate, build effective relationships and manage organizational politics
  • Devleop middle manager skill fundamentals such as problem leadership, work on vs work for the business, operations finance and strategic leadership









Skill & Habit Development


Following the HPL philosophy of development, the program will develop skills & habits through the Learn, Share, Commit approach.


Main program content includes topics such as:


     - From manager to leader

     - Communicate from the middle

     - Develop yourself

     - Develop others

     - Tier 3 Organizational Systems Thinking

     - Middle manager fundamentals


High Performance Road Map


3 high-impact modules of skill and habit development


The Lead from the Middle program is a comprehensive leadership development program that has been designed to equip a middle level leader with the necessary skills and habits to be highly effective and lead a high performing department or team.  The program is offered in three high-impact individual modules of three-month duration each.  






The program will be delivered in a live-virtual format.   Learning sessions will be delivered virtually in 2.5-hour blocks.   Virtual sessions will be delivered at a consistent time weekly with breaks between sessions and modules to allow for application of the thinking.  Peer Exchange sessions allow for more in-depth discussion and to strengthen connections with your peers.  All coaching will be facilitated virtually. 




Expected outcomes:


  • Leader habits through skill development
  • Practical application in the workplace
  • Personal development plan
  • Fundamentals of effective management systems
    • Organizational Systems Thinking
  • Higher leader self-awareness & confidence































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Accelerate Growth


What sets this program apart from others is the one-one coaching that each participant leader receives throughout the program.  Our coaches are industry and business professionals with many years of hands-on experience in executive level positions within operations and supply chain.  They will be there every step of the way to assist and support the participant leaders develop and hone their skills and habits.  Participant leaders will obtain access to the coaches throughout the program through:



6 skill & habit development sessions


3 x 1/2 hour coaching sessions


6 Peer Community group sessions





                                                                                            Scott Smith                                                Glenn Sommerville










Dates and Fees



Winter 2021 Cohort - In-progress - Registration closed

Jan 2021 - Jun 2021


Fall 2021 Cohort - Registration now open


Virtual learning sessions (4.5 hours each)

  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM EST  (Orientation)
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 12:30 - 5:00 PM EST
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 12:30 - 5:00 PM EST
  • Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 12:30 - 5:00 PM EST
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 12:30 - 5:00 PM EST
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 12:30 - 5:00 PM EST
  • Thursday, January 13, 2022 - 12:30 - 5:00 PM EST
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 12:30 - 5:00 PM EST
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 12:30 - 5:00 PM EST
  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 - 12:30 - 5:00 PM EST


Dedicated client in-house custom programs also available upon request.








Live Virtual

          Using Zoom



Participant Profile:

Current and future middle managers

          Operational leaders from manufacturing, healthcare,

          service, distribution, government, and not-for-profit

          High potential leaders with or without direct reports



$4,900 for HPS Consortium Members

          $5,500 for non HPS Consortium Members































We develop leaders' skills and habits to achieve

High Performance Cultures.


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Transformational leaders are a critical component to engaging and motivating our humans. Through deliberate practice, we develop the skills of leaders and create alignment between them, the management system and your organization’s culture.