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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Distance Learning: A modern approach to educating across larger organizational platforms

We are rapidly approaching the year 2020 and in the current and more modern educational industry, there are more institutions and learning platforms that are accommodating distance learners, participants, and overall audiences. Apart from the technological advances in education we have had over the past decade, these modern day practices are becoming more common to…

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Powerful Human Engagement flows from Leadership

This is Part 1 of a  3-Part blog series… In today’s world of business, organizations must have an edge on the competition or they will be left behind more quickly than ever before. That edge is fully engaged people within the organization itself. The challenge is to define what human engagement really is and then…

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The Benefits Of Experiential Learning In Leadership

I’ve often thought about how I learn best. The most effective results come from the learning that I can remember and put into practical use as a second nature action. For me, it’s not about theories, science, polls, or studies touted by great talent specialists. It’s certainly good to understand the logic behind the explanations…

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BEFORE You Start Training: Apply a Change Management Model

Change happens—the risks are high if we don’t manage it thoughtfully and carefully.  There are steps to be followed and if we ignore any of them, at worst, we risk failure; at best, we create unnecessary stress and anxiety for our employees.  In my first job as a supervisor, I was directed by my boss…

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Get Off the Dance Floor! – Utilize Adaptive Leadership

Every bookstore or library shelf has an abundance of books on leadership theories and styles.  They range from the theoretical to the practical and everything in between. This makes it difficult to find that one book with the perfect leadership style or theory. Regardless of the books you read, you still can’t run your business…

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Technical Training Best Practices Any Business Can Use

It’s really no secret that technically-oriented people are generally built from a different set of plans from those who have developed a non-tech business acumen. Perhaps this is due to a higher emphasis analytics in their formal education; perhaps it is in the genetic makeup that drives someone into either field with the same degree…

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The Happy Secret to Better Work

Society currently subscribes to a false formula for happiness: People believe that happiness will follow success. Yet with each new achievement, their brains set a new, higher bar, and contentment remains beyond reach. Reversing this formula by being optimistic even before you attain your goals refers to the “happiness advantage.” When you are positive, you become…

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WA State Offers Your Company Grant Funding for Training Programs!

Employee training and development is unfortunately often one of the initiatives that gets cut when budgets are tight.  But as your community college resource, Invista Performance Solutions (IPS) has a way to help your organization stretch your limited training budgets and still fund valuable employee training. IPS will access and coordinate funding from the State…

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Emotional Intelligence: What it is and How it Affects Business

Emotional Intelligence (EI; also known as Emotional Quotient) is the ability to sense, understand and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions as a source of energy, information, creativity, trust and connection. When EI is not present in the leaders and associates of an organization it affects three areas of competitive advantage: delivering superior…

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