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The Language of Metrics – Workshop Results


The Leadership Society of Arizona (LSA) is partnering with the professional organization, International Facility Management Association (IFMA), to create a new leadership workshop series that unites professionals and students in the Phoenix Valley. These workshops are part of a joint initiative to create an education pipeline that provides students with valuable leadership training while also connecting them with local industry experts. LSA provides activities proven to help students learn 10 times faster and discover a meaningful career path. IFMA professionals have offered to host each workshop at their facilities throughout the Phoenix Valley, and together with LSA have created a unique career preparation resource for students.


This first workshop was sponsored by the IFMA Student Chapter at Arizona State University, who hosted it at the Tempe Main Campus. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from recently retired ASU professor and industry expert in the delivery of professional services, Dr. Dean Kashiwagi. Dr. Dean shared the culmination of his 25 years of research; the power of metrics.

Metrics are the language of simplicity. When metrics are meaningful and easy to understand we can decrease decision making, minimize administration, and gain a better vision for our futures. At this workshop, high school students, parents, college students, and professionals had the opportunity to develop metrics to simplify their own lives. They learned how to clearly set goals and accurately measure them. Attendees were also able to hear from Dr. Dahval Gajjar, who shared his personal experience on how using metrics enabled him to become the youngest construction manager to ever work for Harkins Theaters.

k12, summer programs, leadership, ifma, metrics, lsa, imt, kashiwagi


Over 60 people attended Workshop 1, making this event the most popular IFMA Student Chapter event in the last 15 years. In attendance were 47 college students, 12 industry professionals, 5 high school students, and 2 parents. Attendees were asked to provide workshop feedback which can be seen below:

Performance Criteria Metrics
I am satisfied with this workshop 98%
The information I learned is relevant to me 98%
This workshop will help me achieve my goals 95%
I would recommend this workshop to my friends 93%


“Awesome presentation! I really appreciate the hands-on application and especially the input from the student team. Thank you!” – Industry Professional

“I like how you guys are making things simple and how to get over hard situations. I like the food as well the most.” – College Student

“Great workshop. This topic would be great for high schoolers and college freshmen: find what you’re good at THEN pick the career.” – Parent


This workshop marks the first great milestone in creating an impactful student to industry pipeline. For the first time, LSA and IFMA have been able to unite students, parents, and professionals. This event is the first of eight workshops scheduled for the fall of 2017. The dates and locations for each workshop are provided below. LSA and IFMA aim to make this workshop series a flagship leadership series for years to come.


For more details about upcoming workshops, please follow this link:


Program Sponsors

State of Arizona High School Education

A high school student drops out of school every 26 seconds in the United States. High school dropouts are 15-17% more likely to be from Arizona. Studies show 3 out of every 4 drop out students will go on to commit a crime. They will earn 100% to 150% less than their counterparts with a high school diploma will. Being a high-school dropout makes students ineligible for 90% of available jobs. This is one of the major issues the U.S. is trying to overcome, it currently ranks 22nd out of 27 in high school graduation rates. This is the state of high school education.

Research found that the top reason for students dropping out of high school is due to a lack of motivation to perform (80%). Most students are not leaving the classroom because they are in financial need or because they know they will be the next Bill Gates. Students simply do not see value in the high school education they are receiving. This causes students to act out, cause disruptions and show bad behavior in class.

Interesting Solutions

sugata-mitraWith everyone from teachers to security guards trying to find a solution to these disruptions as well as improve the retention rates, two visionaries seem to have found the answer:

  1. sugata-mitraSugata Mitra: a world-renowned professor of education technology at Newcastle University, created a non-traditional school that empowers students to work together via the cloud to solve problems, using adults only for encouragement instead of providing instruction. He identified the two major causes for students to lose motivation are the use of punishment or examinations. This leads to the brain feeling threatened and shutting down the prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for learning. Mitra identified the traditional process of overwhelming students with information that makes them think and asking them to perform is outdated and not optimal.
  2. Ricardo Semler: a CEO in Brazil also identified that the traditional education approach of considering all the students equal, who are all required to meet the same minimum standards based on age and grade, produces poor performance and creates unmotivated students. Instead, Ricardo Semler found it better to create a structure that accepts students for who they are and keeps them motivated.

Both Mitra and Semler’s programs have become tremendously successful, helping students become more motivated and improve their learning.  LSA, too, has implemented leadership development programs and leadership academies seeking to help underperforming and at-risk students develop leadership traits, styles and skills. Through the creation of university high school summer programs and college programs for high school students, LSA students have seen the same results as Semler and Mitra.


Leadership Academy Results in Hawaii


 Students Educated 20
 Course Rating 9.7 / 10
 Average Decrease in Stress Levels 40%

Leadership Academy Results with At-risk Students


 Students Educated 69
 Course Rating 9.6 / 10
 Average Decrease in Stress Levels 35%
 Average Increase in Personal Happiness 19%
 Average Increase in Self-Confidence 39%
 Belief that “I Control my Life” 75%
 Ability to Plan for the Future 53%


High School Education

The traditional K–12 and college educational approach is encountering problems with increased student stress, low retention rates, and overall low-performing students due to lack of motivation. LSA’s Leadership Academy provides students the leadership skills necessary to lead themselves to success through the following:

  1. Simplifying complex issues.
  2. Minimizing the students need to think and memorize information.
  3. Minimizing rules and control.
  4. Using the latest scientific developments.
  5. Using natural laws and logic to help students solve complex issues instead of technical information and experience.

As a result to the difficulty level of changing the current high school education structure in the U.S., LSA has provided supplementary education to help students decrease their stress, increase their happiness, and find out how they can add value to society. Ultimately, LSA is more interested in helping students learn to be successful and happy, instead of just learning how to survive school.