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Savos Training Associates

Savos Training Associates

Leadership and professional skills training for the public and private sectors from former intelligence professionals.

At Savos Training Associates (STA) we provide leadership and management training and consulting to improve communication, build trust, and create organizational alignment from the front office to the front line. We also offer skills training to help professionals of every experience level become better thinkers, team members, writers, and presenters.

STA brings the experiences and skills of former CIA intelligence analysts to bear on your biggest training challenges. Our past and current clients include members of the US Intelligence Community, several of the largest tech companies in the country, and one of the world’s leading academic healthcare institutions. We are also available for consulting to help solve your most vexing organizational culture problems.

We’ve built STA as a network of experts and experienced professionals with similar backgrounds carefully selected to deliver STA founder Chris Savos’s material with their own unique professional expertise.

STA founder and President Chris Savos

The Leadership and Management Development Program

The Leadership and Management Development Program (LMDP) provides a comprehensive approach for building a highly functional and trusting leadership team across all levels of management. The Program includes an offsite that clarifies senior leaders’ expectations for their team and a series of up to six two-hour seminars that build on the offsite’s themes. All elements of the Program are customizable to meet the specific needs of our clients.

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The Critical Professional Skills Program

The Critical Professional Skills Program (CPSP) offers instruction in three core areas that contribute to professional success: writing, oral presentation, and leadership. We can deliver these elements separately or as part of a comprehensive effort to maximize the professionalism of your workforce.

The Leadership for All Seminar Series (LASS)

The Leadership for All Seminar Series takes our Leadership and Management Development Program content and modifies it to help non-supervisors demonstrate leadership and effective corporate behavior regardless of their position. The Series will align the rest of your workforce with your leadership team to ensure greater communication and trust across the organization.

The Presenting With Purpose Workshop (PWP)

The Workshop offers an effective formula for escaping death by PowerPoint that teaches professionals how to deliver more engaging presentations using visuals that enhance rather than detract from their message. This formula mixes the highly analytic approach of intelligence analysts with the powerful appeal to emotions common in the entertainment and sales fields to create presentations that capture and keep an audience’s attention while effectively informing and persuading them.

The Thinking and Writing With Purpose Course (TWP)

This course explores what it means to be an analyst and covers the critical elements of professional writing. We trace the analytic process from identifying the questions your customers care about the most to crafting clear arguments supported with properly sourced evidence. We also review the fundamentals of writing you must get right to maintain credibility with customers. The course includes numerous worksheets and a final writing exercise where students receive personalized feedback. We can customize all content to your unit’s specific needs.

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The Open-Source Methods and Analytics Program

The Open-Source Methods and Analytics Program (OSMAP) offers training on how to acquire, analyze, and visualize data from open sources using a range of tools and methodologies. Your analysts will learn how to effectively integrate information from open-source resources and vendors, social media, and GEOINT to create unique insights for their customers. These courses are perfect for analysts involved in security and risk management, market research, due diligence, and other areas requiring thoughtful and thorough research skills.

Social Media Data, Collection, and Analysis

This course provides analysts with advanced open-source tools and methods for collecting and cleaning social media data and various methodologies for extracting useful intelligence from that data.

(Half- to two-day options, in-person or virtual delivery)

Applied GEOINT: Satellite Imagery Analysis for Operations Centers

This course covers geographic analysis and visualization tools that will help your analysts fully integrate geospatial intelligence into products that provide critical situational awareness to your organization.

(Half- to two-day options, in-person or virtual delivery)

OSINT for Due Diligence

This seminar helps due diligence analysts follow foreign trade by introducing advanced analytical and methodological open-source tools to detect illicit procurement attempts.

(One- or two-day options, in-person or virtual delivery)

Data Visualization for Researchers and Analysts

This seminar provides participants with best practices in structuring data and using open-source and/or low-cost tools to visualize their research and analytic findings. This program will also help advance capabilities in succinctly presenting and explaining material.

(Half- to two-day options, in-person or virtual delivery)  

The Modeling, Simulations, and Scenarios Program

The Modeling, Simulations, and Scenarios Program (MSSP) gives analysts and managers valuable tools for characterizing, quantifying, and managing potential challenges to operations, personnel, and strategies. This program can be applied to those engaged in security and risk assessment, as well as those departments who would benefit from either testing situational processes or identifying trends that could affect business operations.

Long-Term Forecasting & Planning Through Scenarios

This course helps students create scenarios to explore alternative futures and to formulate plans to address potential challenges and opportunities. By identifying driving factors, this program leverages tailored narratives about the future, enabling students to think through strategies that could impact their business.

(Two days in person: one day for scenario development and a second for scenario work-through)

Crisis Simulations: Testing Your Processes

This exercise helps organizations create and run simulations to test response processes and capabilities while identifying key gaps. We will work with participants to create an engaging simulation that tests your operations and processes (in a classroom environment).

(Three and a half non-congruent days in person: two days for simulation development and feedback, a second for simulation, and a half-day for outcome review)

Organizational Alignment: What is it? Why is it so important? How can you create it?

Read Chris’s article on this critical leadership challenge.