About SSCA

Building successful leaders through the science of behavior

Everything you do is grounded in science. Even how you lead.

You might think of science as something people do in a lab. Fact is, every interaction you have with others is connected to behavior, and all behavior is connected by science. Great leaders understand the nuances of behavioral responses and make the most of them. SSCA has been at the forefront of understanding the science of leadership since 1978. We continue to show the way to success by helping leaders grasp and embrace the dynamics of behavior.

Through powerful one-to-one coaching as well as dynamic and highly effective multi-day workshops, SSCA has a long history of success with many of the most admired companies and organizations. Each and every consultant is exceptionally qualified to provide the right information to help your leadership team work together more cohesively and achieve goals more quickly. Our Elements of Leadership training workshops bring together awesome facilitators and your motivated leaders to rapidly provide transformative knowledge that sticks.

Business Performance, meet Behavioral Science.

SSCA combines a comprehensive understanding of human behavior with intuitive skills to diagnose both existing and potential leadership problems. And we go way beyond just analyzing the symptoms. Your consultant probes deep within the issues to identify the underlying causes. Then we apply proven principles of behavioral science to overcome the problem and get you moving towards your goals. The overriding purpose of each and every SSCA consultant is to help your leadership teams transform in order to overcome challenges, accomplish goals and achieve personal and professional satisfaction.

Your consultant comes to you equipped with a prolific understanding of both Business Management and Behavioral Sciences. Each of our experts also understands the place these two characteristics of success have in organizational and leadership development. In fact, you benefit from not only our many years of success in this field, but the combined efforts of an intense commitment to being the very best. SSCA consulting partners meet regularly to expand their knowledge, supporting one another with the latest research and developments in the field of leadership and behavioral science. This ensures that you always receive the highest level of insight into making your leadership teams the very best they can be.

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Two core service offerings in both Consulting and Training, supporting several distinctive benefits for your organization.

Your consultant guides your team to achieve defined business solutions through a clear process of defining goals, along with a thorough diagnosis of the problems or issues facing your organization. Once they understand the problem, they recommend the appropriate plan and actions required to meet your goals. Our relationships are based on character and integrity, leading to trusted, authentic, and long-standing support.

Results

We help you define and meet your goals. You gain from significantly strengthened competencies. Stronger leadership drives organizational change and takes you more rapidly and efficiently to your objectives.

Research

Your solutions are based on proven models and processes, each one relevant and applicable. Through the combined knowledge of four decades of behavioral science research, your leadership team benefits from a remarkable depth of understanding.

Knowledge

An intense background of knowledge, including published books by some of our partners, supports your strategic leadership transformation. Your coach brings remarkable leadership insights from a tradition of excellence.

Character

You’ll find that your SSCA consultant is courageously candid, giving you the feedback and insight you need to hear, instead of just what you might want to hear. Your consultant is a trusted confidant, sincerely interested in helping you succeed.

Combining behavioral science with
business success for over 40 years.

The legacy of SSCA speaks for itself. Here's a look at how our firm has supported highly successful organizations since 1978. View Timeline: Drag sideways through the timeline to see how we've grown.
1977

1977

Bradford F. Spencer boldly launches his leadership consulting services out of his home in Los Angeles.
1978

1978

Brad incorporates Spencer & Associates and soon launches the first LPMA Leadership Workshop, originally called MMPI.
1979

1979

Thomas Shenk comes aboard as Brad Spencer's first partner.
1980

1980

The SSCA “chasing arrows” logo graphic is created. The company moves out of Brad's home to an office in Manhattan Beach.
1984

1984

SSCA lands its first major client, ADVO Systems.
1985

1985

LPMD Workshop launched, originally called PCM.
1986

1986

Company moves to Gardena. Implements its first proprietary software program.
1989

1989

Hedges Capers joins the team.
1992

1992

Susan Peirce joins the team.
1997

1997

Daniel Collett joins the team.
2004

2004

LPMC Leadership Workshop launched.
2008

2008

Ann Salerno and Lillie Brock publish the book "Change Cycle."
2012

2012

Stephanie Tran joins the SSCA team, after falling in love with the program as Head of HR at TakeCare.
2015

2015

Shaun Dyke joins SSCA as a result of the profound effect the program had on him as Head of Executive Development at Nestle USA.
2018

2018

Brad Spencer publishes the book "Straight Line." Partner Tom Shenk publishes the book "The Truth About Forgiveness."
2020

2019

The team spends some hard-earned affiliation time after a VERY busy season!

Building a legacy of leadership excellence

SSCA is managed by a team of dedicated partners, passionate about leadership, who continue to improve their individual and collective knowledge to bring clients the best in behavioral science.

World-class workshops

SSCA’s Elements of Leadership workshops rapidly propel leaders to excellence by helping them understand and apply the dynamics of human behavior.