August 2017
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"The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled."
August is one of those months when we expect the weather to be warm.  For many, it's a time of vacation - rest and recharging.  For others, it's an even busier time as we lend a hand and keep an eye on vacationing co-workers email inboxes.  Whether you're one of those who's on holiday or one who is 'holding down the fort' for others, we hope August doesn't become too hot to handle.

Around here, this is a time for catching up and getting things in place for the flurry of September.  We've got a jam-packed fall shaping up, and we're getting the pieces in place for our fall Accreditations, Client Practitioner Renewal sessions, Face-to-Face events and even our North American Client Practitioner Conference in October.  August is definitely heating up!

So, before we start thinking of getting the kids back to school, we invite you to take five - top up that iced tea - and catch up on the latest news and information from Insights Learning and Development.
LinkedIn partners with Insights to boost team effectiveness

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard of LinkedIn.  LinkedIn is a business and employment-oriented social networking service that operates via websites and mobile apps. It was launched in May 2003,and is mainly used for professional networking.  As of April 2017, LinkedIn had 500 million members in 200 countries.

This means many LinkedIn employees are working in multiple teams simultaneously, with all of the demands, adaptability, and understanding of cultural difference that that entails.
Relationships need to be built quickly and reach effectiveness rapidly, despite that fact that team members may work in different time zones, on varying priorities, and will possibly never meet in person. For LinkedIn the question was: how do we instill a culture of collaboration that's also as highly effective as we need it to be?

That's where Insights came into the picture.

If you'd like to see how Insights boosted performance in this collaborative culture, check out the Case Study on our website.  And if you're looking to improve the performance of your teams, contact our office to discuss how Insights can help you address this business challenge.   

Upcoming Events

September DLE Event in Victoria
We're happy to announce we'll be delivering a Discovering Leadership Effectiveness Face-to-Face Portfolio event on September 29 in Victoria.  The location is being hosted by our CPs at the British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. The Atrium, Suite 500, 1321 Blanshard St., Victoria. 

DLE is designed with mid - senior level managers in mind AND you are already equipped to facilitate it with your Insights Discovery accreditation!  
Using DLE, you'll work with leaders to explore their personal leadership style and unique value. This enables leaders to examine their effectiveness in each of these areas:
  • Results Leadership
  • Visionary Leadership
  • Relationship Leadership
  • Centered Leadership
To register for this Vancouver Island F-2-F Portfolio experience with Deborah Lang, follow this link. 

Insights Discovery Accreditations
Fredericton - Sept. 12-15 (Tue-Fri)
Toronto - Sept. 26-29 (Tue-Fri)
Calgary - Oct. 23-26 (Mon-Thur)
Vancouver - Nov. 28-Dec. 1 (Tue-Fri) 

Become an Insights Practitioner

Insights Discovery gets right to the heart of any business challenge - and we can help you harness its power in your own organization.

Nobody knows the challenges your organization is facing better than those on the inside.
That's why we've accredited thousands of people across the world, putting the power of Insights Discovery where it belongs - in the hands of your learning and development professionals.
If you're a learning and development consultant looking to use Insights Discovery with your own customers, get in touch for more information.

There are now over 30 public and internal Accreditations every year across North America, which demonstrates how many organizations are choosing to bring Insights Discovery 'in house'.  In Western Canada, we always end up with a waiting list for IDA sessions, so if you're considering attending an IDA in a city near you, don't hesitate.
Full details and registration information is located here.

Practitioner Renewals
Renewal is required for all Insights Discovery Practitioners two years from your date of Accreditation to ensure you have the most current information available to you to continue using the Insights Discovery suite as effectively as possible.  It is a great opportunity for you to refresh your knowledge, share best practices with other Practitioners, and get exposure to new materials and ideas for enhancing programs inside your organization. 

Renewals are one-day interactive session for Insights Discovery Client Practitioners committed to keeping their learning alive. Renewals are full-day 're-accreditation sessions' designed to extend your Insights Discovery certification for another three years. 
While each program is adjusted to meet the needs of the registered participants, a typical day addresses questions such as:
  • What exercises can I use to reinforce key messages in a personal effectiveness workshop?
  • What do I need to remember when debriefing an individual's Insights Discovery Profile?
  • How can I apply other chapters in the Insights Discovery Profile?
  • What is common, and different, as you transition from an introductory workshop to Discovering Team Effectiveness or Discovering Leadership Effectiveness?
  • What's the difference between an integrated Insights learning strategy and single event workshops?
  • What new resources might fit with the needs in my organization?
Calgary - Thursday, September 14th.
Vancouver - Wednesday, October 18th.
Toronto - Thursday, October 19th

More details and registration links are located here.
The Gift of Discovery is our exciting new corporate social responsibility program.  This is a collaborative offering for leadership teams of small charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises.

Working together with our CPs and LPs, we provide a personal, team, or leadership effectiveness session free of charge to these organizations to help them improve the efficiency of their people.

You can access a Fact Sheet about the Gift of Discovery here.

To learn how you can participate, follow this link.

If you'd like more information about The Gift of Discovery, please contact our office. 
Live and in Color -
Our North American Client Practitioner Conference
October 5-6 - Chicago 

Please join fellow Insights practitioners on October 5th and 6th at the W Chicago Lakeshore for our annual Live and in Color conference - just steps from the beach and Michigan Avenue, the W Chicago Lakeshore is a fantastic property where urban energy collides with unparalleled Lake Michigan views.
Join us in Chicago and...
  • expand your learning as a practitioner
  • get an update on what's new from Insights for 2017
  • discover new ways to deliver the Insights Discovery portfolio
  • have fun and go home with exciting giveaways!
REGISTER NOW- bookmark the microsite so you have all the details.

There will also be a Renewal on  October 4th at the W Chicago Lakeshore. If you're due to renew your accreditation, this is the perfect opportunity to get a refresher on your Insights knowledge and then attend the Live and in Color conference after that.  You can view the conference agenda here.

As an added bonus, we invite all of our Client Practitioners to a welcome reception on the evening of October 4th and an exciting Chicago-themed evening event on October 5th. Full details of the timings for the renewal, reception and evening event will be available soon.
We look forward to seeing you there!

  You can check out more details about this year's conference and register here.
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Dale Nelson, 
Insights Learning and Development