June 2017
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"If you are a gifted person, it doesn't mean that you gained something. It means you have something to give back." 
Carl Jung

How is this possible -  we're at the midway point of another calendar already!?  This is the month of grads, school year-ends and so much more.

June is certainly shaping up to be another busy month here at Insights.  We've got two Face-to-Face portfolio events scheduled for the 15th, CP renewals scheduled for Fredericton and Halifax, and an update on our Global Cycling Challenge. 

Some of you might be interested in attending the Live and In Colour Client Practitioner conference happening in Chicago in October, so we've got details below.  We've also got a great example of how one client helps keep the learning alive by using team wheels and communication charts in their internal newsletters, as well as the usual event updates and some interesting reads.

This month's newsletter is a little longer than usual, so we invite you to take ten, top up that coffee cup, and catch up on the latest news and information from Insights Learning and Development.
A Team Wheel as presented in a monthly newsletter from a senior VP.
BC Transit keeps the learning alive 

Monthly internal newsletters for BC Transit personnel often contain an Insights Discovery Team Wheel.  In the words of one of their Accredited Practitioners -    

"To date, we have actually used both the team wheel and team communication charts to keep the learning alive and to facilitate better connections across the organization.  We have many teams that are cross-functional and so we find that sharing the charts has been very useful.  The team wheels tend to create discussion, but I find there is a tendency to focus on who is in what quadrant more than the collective use of the energies.  The team communication charts tells the full story and people tend to resonate with the Do's and Don'ts more than looking at the wheel.  Generally speaking, folks tend to focus on the color energies instead of the 8 types.
I would say that the team chart definitely helps our employees be more strategic and purposeful in their interactions, as  they begin to think about things from the others' perspectives." 

This is a great way to help keep the learning alive for your team members and to improve the return on investment with Insights.  If you publish an internal newsletter, or send regular communications to your teams, consider adding a Team wheel or communication chart.  To learn more about how BC Transit is using Insights, contact our office.
Exploring Values Based Leadership Webinar Recording  

In case you missed it, we've created a link to the recording of the May 18th session on exploring Values Based Leadership.  Come explore what values are, why it is so important to be aware of your values, and ways Insights Discovery can help leaders better align their values and behaviors.

This webinar is always available to Client Practitioners via the Client Practitioner Resources tab on our website. 
Welcome Simone Conner
We're happy to announce Simone Conner has joined our team.

Based on Vancouver Island, Simone has had a passion for Insights since participating in a Beginning the Journey workshop 10 years ago and seeing an immediate and highly positive impact to both her professional and personal life. 

With her experience in Non-Profit, IT and Finance sectors, Simone knows how effective teams can be if they know and trust each other, and she knows firsthand that Insights delivers solutions that build highly effective and engaged teams.

Simone joined our team excited to be able to bring and support Insights solutions into more organizations across all sectors. You can welcome her at sconner@insightscw.com. 
Bulk Pricing  

Did you know Insights offers bulk pricing of materials?  If you haven't had the opportunity to explore bulk pricing discounts, contact your Client Relationship Manager or email our office

We'd love to have a conversation about how you're planning on using Insights Discovery and how we can support you in your organizational development and save you some money at the same time.   
Upcoming Events

June 15th Discovering Leadership Effectiveness Face-to-Face Event  
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
Don't miss this opportunity. Our full-day Face-to-Face Portfolio experience will be held in Calgary and Vancouver, and seats are filling fast. Further details and registration links are located here.

DLE Event in Victoria 
If you're unable to make it to the DLE Practitioner event in Vancouver we have one being offered 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.  To register for this Vancouver Island F-2-F Portfolio experience with Deborah Lang, follow this link. 

Connecting Practitioners Event   
If you haven't, be sure to circle June 15th on your calendar.  Following our day-long DLE Face-to-Face Portfolio experience, we'll be hosting a Practitioner Connection Events in Calgary. If you have to miss the DLE sessions, you still get an opportunity to meet and connect with fellow practitioners from across our community.  For more information about our Calgary event, follow this link.      
Insights Discovery Accreditations
Montreal - July 4-7 (Tue-Fri) (French)
Halifax - July 11-14 (Tue-Fri) (English)
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) 

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.

CP Renewals 
A 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?

Fredericton - Monday, June 19th
Halifax: Thursday, June 29th
Calgary - Thursday, September 14th.
Vancouver - Wednesday, October 18th.

More details and registration links are located here.
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.
Pedal Pushing for Mary's Meals   
Insights Global Charity Cycle Challenge 
May 25th Insights Canada West team members joined fellow Insights teams around the world in a global cycling challenge in support of Mary's Meals International, providing meals to hungry children in 14 countries around the world.  
Insights offices around the world hosted a global charity cycle challenge in support of Mary's Meals on Thursday, May 25th.  For the Vancouver office Golds Gym generously donated a stationary bike for the day, and in the Calgary office, Donna Phillips brought in her own stationary bike for the crew. Comptroller Rosalin Dalmann brought her own cycle, and during the lunch hour clocked 16 kilometers along the banks of the Fraser and Coquitlam Rivers (pausing to take photos from time to time).  Riders included Anne Bishop, Barry Christiansen, Rosalin Dalmann, Sharyn Skalnik, Nataliya Chopty, Susan Hansen, Lori Thorleifson, Leslie Cole, Steven Tory and Helen Morley. 

By the end of the day, our legs and butts were sore, but we'd chalked up nearly 115 kilometers on the bikes and helped raise over $500.00. 
The Vancouver team also thanks the fit fellows next door at Maximum Express & Freight who so generously volunteered to return the exercise bike to Golds Gym when our tushes were all just too tired to do it. 
Finally, thank you to all those family members, friends, suppliers and customers who helped sponsor our riders - your pledges will help Mary's Meals continue their important work of feeding children around the world.

We did it - with thanks to you!

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If you have comments or suggestions for articles in upcoming newsletters, please   contact me.

Dale Nelson, 
Insights Learning and Development