The Importance of Workplace Culture

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” is a famous quotation attributed to the late business management guru Peter Drucker.  So, why did Drucker make this statement? Because workplace culture is the operationalizing of an organization’s values. Culture guides employee decisions on their technical needs and plans, and how employees interact with others. Good culture creates an…

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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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7 Key-Steps to Motivate and Inspire Your Team

“We are not a team because we work together.  We are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other.”  -Vala Afsar   Change in the workplace tends to introduce uncertainty, stress and anxiety in the employees who are affected by it as well as the leaders that are implementing the change.  Unfortunately,…

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Sorting Out Coaching vs. Mentoring vs. Training

In an organization various employee development programs are undertaken to improve the level of performance, increase employee engagement, and build a stronger workforce by increasing employee-manager relationships.  This employee development is often accomplished through any one of three techniques: Coaching Mentoring Training   These terms can be confusing due to the similarity they might convey,…

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Client Profile: Keurig Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) Course   The Need: Keurig Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) approached Invista Performance Solutions (IPS) because they wanted to increase the effectiveness of the technicians on their troubleshooting team by giving them a working knowledge of how PLCs (Program Logic Controllers) work, and how they are implemented into GMCR’s manufacturing processes.…

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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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Our Approach to Consulting

“If you start with training and end with training, all you will get is the training.” Any training and development intervention will ultimately prove less than optimal result-wise if we have not assisted our client in identifying their organizational needs.  At IPS we craft a solid plan to deliver change interventions that actually solve organizational…

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Invista Performance Solutions introduces Joe Willis: Facilitator of the Upcoming Virtual Instructor-Led Supervisory Round Table Series!

One of the best parts of working at Invista Performance Solutions (IPS) is building relationships with our instructors—knowledgeable, helpful, and extremely dedicated to helping their participants. IPS’ success is due to how we match our instructors’ skills, experience and educational background to each of our client’s training and development needs.   Joe Willis is truly…

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