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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 several of the largest tech companies in the world 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 creating a highly functional leadership team by building trust and communication across all management levels.

The Expectations Offsite

The Expectations Offsite clarifies senior leaders’ expectations for their management team in terms of leading people, executing programs, acting corporately, and developing themselves. It’s built around a rich discussion between seniors and their team facilitated by our instructor.


These two- or three-hour Seminars build on the Expectations Offsite content but easily stand on their own. They explore topics that help supervisors develop their leadership and management skills while learning how to promote communication and trust.

The Leadership for All Seminar Series

The Leadership for All Seminar Series (LASS) 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.

CliftonStrengths Coaching Services

Our certified CliftonStrengths coach can deliver individual and group sessions that help professionals understand and harness their strengths while improving team dynamics and performance.

The Critical Professional Skills Program

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

Thinking and Writing With Purpose (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.

Presenting With Purpose (PWP)

This 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.

Writing and Presenting With Purpose (WP2)

WP2 is the culmination of STA’s skills-based offerings. It integrates the critical writing and presentation elements of TWP and PWP in a coherent program. From Wednesday to Friday students take the TWP course, and over the weekend the instructor edits their Capstone Exercises. The following Monday students receive their Capstone feedback in person and then take PWP, finishing on Wednesday. We can also create different course configurations to fit client needs.

Structured Analytic Techniques (SAT)

Our SAT course provides instruction and hands-on practice using a range of SATs we chose to best fit your analysts’ needs. It’s a great follow-on to our TWP course for building more effective critical thinking.

The Open-Source Methods and Analytics Program

The Open-Source Methods and Analytics Program (OSMAP) will help your analysts 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.

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 is for professionals engaged in security and risk assessment as well as anyone who would benefit from either testing situational processes or identifying trends that could affect business operations.

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

Read Chris’s article on this critical leadership challenge.