“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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Preparing for Training: Applying Change Management Models

Change happens—we risk failure if we don’t manage it thoughtfully and carefully. There are many models that provide guidance in preparing for managing the change and ensuring the changed behavior sticks. A few of the more common models include Lewin’s Change Management Model, McKinsey 7 S Framework, and Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model.

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How LEAN is your Thinking?!

What keeps you up late at night? Is it the dishes you didn’t wash? The game you missed on T.V.? Well, if you are anything like me, the things that keep me up late at night have nothing to do with my personal life; they are all work related! Countless times, I have stressed about…

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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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The Origins of Organizational Culture

First blog of a three-part series   Organizational culture is a major determining factor in the success of an organization and considered by many as one of the most powerful effects on how an organization thinks and behaves.  Organizational culture is found to be applicable in every business around the globe but the types of…

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Servant Leadership: How Can You Invert Your Organizational Pyramid?

Leadership styles are often influenced by individual personalities, but grow and transform as leaders accrue knowledge and experience. How does a leader determine which leadership style to aspire to? The traditional employment pyramid model illustrates descending hierarchy with the CEO on the top level, presidents on the second level, vice presidents on the third level,…

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IPS Brings Laptops to Your Company for Staff Training

IPS has some great news to share!  If your company needs to do software training or technical training requiring the use of laptops, we have a new solution for you.  Through our great partnership with Pierce College District, IPS has access to 22 laptops ready for service at your organization. We now have the capability…

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Reap the Rewards of Leadership Investment

Unless you have an unlimited training budget you probably keep a close eye on your training expenditures. How does this affect your planning? Do you select courses based on lower cost and higher employee reach or do you more selectively cultivate members of your leadership team and other high potentials? Read more below to understand…

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Core Skills Are The Key To Success!

    Research shows that the most successful companies in the world train and develop their whole workforce, not only their top managers.  Employers who invest in training their employees gain their engagement, improve their performance, and increase the company’s bottom line.  It is not magic but it won’t happen by osmosis either. Invista Performance…

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