Lee Johnsen, CPLP, CPT, SPHR

Lee Johnsen has a 30-year record of successfully guiding organizations toward improved productivity and work relationships resulting in significant growth. Lee is a results-oriented human resources professional focused on helping organizations achieve excellence. He is a leader in human performance improvement, organizational development and change management. He has unique expertise helping virtual staff and their leaders navigate the challenges of working in a virtual world.

As an independent consultant, Lee has worked with clients from industries including oil and gas, financial services, retail, logistics, private education, health care and nonprofit. In 2014, he spent five months working with leaders in Saudi Arabia in the oil industry. Previously, Lee held officer and management positions in Fortune 500 corporations as well as government agencies. His experience includes serving as a director of learning and development departments and as a manager of people for over 20 years. His career achievements include starting three successful Workplace Learning and Performance departments in different organizations. Lee has presented at regional and international conferences (ASTD and ISPI) on topics including e-learning, training evaluation and leadership of global virtual teams and has served as an adjunct instructor at Drake University in Des Moines, IA, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in Chicago. He co-authored the book “Real World Teambuilding Strategies That Work” (Insight Publishing). In 2018, he released his book “Literally Virtually: Making Virtual Teams Work” (Child of the Prairie Publishing).

Lee holds an MA from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and a BS degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. He has the international distinction of being one of only a few who is certified by three international human resources organizations—Association for Talent Development (ATD), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).


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