Posts by Don Sosnowski

How To Accelerate Leadership Growth—Double Loop Learning and Vertical Development

  Leadership development programming today is largely concerned with the skills of growing leaders.  Invista Performance Solutions delivers hundreds of hours of training per year that shape the behaviors and methods of leaders.  They learn how to manage performance, solve problems, coach others, handle conflict, provide feedback, delegate, build a team, and many other techniques. …

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Overcoming Barriers to Effective Listening

I’m going to admit it.  I don’t always listen effectively to everyone who speaks to me.  There…I feel better!  I got it off my chest. Before you judge me too harshly, you should admit that you don’t either.  As a spouse, a friend, a parent, a manager, it is difficult to consistently give everyone your…

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Remote Employees — One Key to Employee Engagement?

Our blogging theme this month is how to motivate and inspire employees.  Our upcoming Supervisory Academy Virtual Round Table training series is aimed at helping supervisors get a better handle on this.  Businesses have been very focused on the activities and perks available in the workplace to motivate and create job satisfaction.   But what…

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5 Business Writing Tips to Make Your Brand Shine

Good business writing skills have always been important, but in today’s age of technology, they are even more so. Being able to accurately and succinctly convey what you are trying to say is a critical skill, especially when your audience is busy and has limited time. With endless resources available to us, making a simple…

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The Top Qualities of Leaders-Infographic included!

  “Never set a child afloat on the flat sea of life with only one sail to catch the wind.” – D. H. Lawrence   Versatility—the ability to adapt and adjust to a variety of circumstances, functions, or activities   How versatile are you as a leader? Do you have one trait that you love…

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Adults Learn Best When Actively Engaged!

Invista Performance Solutions is a collaboration of 4 Pierce County Community colleges.  Our mission is to provide customized training services to organizations in our own local community.  All the programs we offer are developed and delivered based on principles of adult learning. Adults learn best when they are actively engaged in their own learning process,…

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How Do I Select the “Right” People for Supervisor Roles?

The sweet spot of Invista Performance Solutions’ services is in training and developing the leadership ability and functional skills of supervisors.  Our client’s trust us to support them with our expert trainers and programs.  Our annual event on Nov 1st this year revolves around this theme: the Supervisory Academy.  Check it out!  It’s a great…

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It’s Always Been a Matter of Trust — Management 101

In this article from the Seattle Times, there are some shocking statistics about how workers feel about management (https://www.seattletimes.com/nwshowcase/careers/80-of-workers-say-managers-are-unnecessary/) If 80% of workers feel that their managers are unnecessary, organizations are clearly failing to adequately prepare and equip managers to perform their work effectively.  To be fair, managers carry significant responsibility—hiring, orienting, training, holding people…

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“How Not To Sink Your Organization”—by a Submarine Commander

In the video “Greatness” David Marquet (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqmdLcyES_Q) shares his experiences as a submarine commander.  You won’t get caught up in military speak as he tells his story.  It’s very relatable and the hand-drawn graphics are really entertaining. Marquet presents an excellent challenge for leaders everywhere and steps to organizational greatness.  He points away from command…

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WHO..?? ME..?? Dealing with Implicit Bias in the Workplace

“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” Abraham Maslow   If you glance at the paper on any given day, you will find articles describing customers’ or employees’ real-life experiences of outright bias due to gender, racial, cultural, sexual orientation, or age differences. Most recently a prominent coffee…

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