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March, 2017
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"As long as you're green, you're growing.  As soon as you're ripe, you start to rot"

Ray Kroc

The ability to remain curious - to continue to grow, explore, and experience things - is a vital attribute to cultivate. The more we are willing to stretch out of our comfort zones, the more exciting things we will discover. Life long learning is something we must strive for, as it not only keeps us growing as Ray Kroc points out, it's good for our organizations and our own personal development. 

This month, we're presenting three opportunities to stretch and expand our development.  We've got Renewal sessions in Calgary and Vancouver, and on the 31st we'll be uploading a Virtual Cracker Barrel focused on 'flexing' our colour energies to their best advantage. Details for these events are located below.

We've also got news about other upcoming events we've got planned, as well as some interesting articles we hope will interest you (and maybe even challenge you a bit).  So, we invite you to take five, and catch up on the latest news and information from Insights Learning and Development.
Virtual Cracker Barrel available March 31 

Dialing UP - Dialing DOWN

This virtual cracker barrel will review a set of slides practitioners can use in their adapting and connecting sessions to help give people some practical ideas about how to 'dial up' or 'dial down' each of the colour energies.

This pre-recorded session will be available to practitioners March 31 on the Client Practitioner Resource page of our website.   
 Exploring Leading Teams 

Last month, Dan Lytle - a Client Practitioner with Alberta Health Services - joined Insight's own Cathy Anderson for a discussion about using Insights Discovering Team Effectiveness to help leaders develop awareness, knowledge and improved leadership skills.  AHS has been working with Insights to develop an innovative took-kit for leaders and Dan was happy to share their approach and some of the materials they've been using.

If you're a Client Practitioner who missed the chance to hear the live presentation, we've recorded it for you and it's available here.

If you'd like to learn more about this particular initiative, or to discuss Team or Leadership programs within your own organization, please contact our office.
Innovation House welcomes Economy Secretary  

Scottish Government Economy Secretary Keith Brown visited Insights' new office, Innovation House, in Dundee on Wednesday, March 1st.

The visit came as Insights gave its support to the Scottish Government's announcement of a new innovation and investment hub in London, which will provide Scottish companies with a place to meet customers, target new markets and secure investment.

Insights Chief Executive Andy Lothian said: "Insights is a really successful global organisation going through a period of significant growth. We have a strong and effective base in Dundee and a global presence, however we can't have a base everywhere. Having access to a fantastic facility like the new hub in London will help us connect with clients from the UK and Europe, and create links with other like-minded businesses that are equally committed to global innovation and growth."

Economy Secretary Keith Brown gets a hands-on look at Insights Discovery at Innovation House last Wednesday
Mr Brown was able to experience first-hand some of the innovative products Insights uses as it works with the world's biggest companies, helping individuals, teams, and leaders increase self-awareness, improve relationships, and achieve real breakthroughs on pressing business issues.  He also discussed with employees based in the recently opened Innovation House, how their teams are contributing to Insights' year-on-year growth, by building amazing customer relationships and using customer insight to inform product innovation and development.

Insights Chief Operating Officer Fiona Logan said: "We were delighted Mr Brown chose to make the announcement about the Scottish Government's new innovation and investment hub while visiting our new building in Dundee - which is also all about facilitating collaboration, innovation and outstanding customer relationships. Companies just like Insights could really benefit from this fantastic new space in London, as they look to expand into the global marketplace."
She added: "Mr Brown's visit was also a great opportunity for us to tell an influential audience about how we're innovating, growing and making a positive difference in the world as we do so."
Vancouver Island Face-to-Face Portfolio Experience

Discovering Team Effectiveness Practitioner Event

A face-to-face Portfolio Experience for Insights Discovery Client Practitioners on Vancouver Island.

Insights Discovery Team Effectiveness Model
Friday, April 28th

Develop the confidence and competence to deliver Discovering Team Effectiveness sessions within your own organization.

We know getting over to our training centre in Vancouver isn't always an option, and Practitioner Development is important to us.  So this year, we're undertaking live training events on Vancouver Island in association with some of our clients.  This event will be hosted by the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services at their training facility in Victoria.  In exchange for their use of this facility, we're providing complimentary attendance for their Client Practitioners - and you don't have to leave the island to get this great face-to-face portfolio event.  Join Client Relationship Director Deborah Lang on April 28th for this full day experience.

Each participant will receive a Discovering Team Effectiveness Workshop Journal as well as Facilitator and Coach Notes and PowerPoint slide deck. 

Part experience and part instruction, this full day event will expand and strengthen your ability to deliver powerful Team Effectiveness learning events within your organization.

Friday, April 28th 8:30 - 4:00 PM
Ministry Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services
4000 Seymour Place, Victoria
Room E155 Presentation Room
Cost: $99.00 + GST includes all materials

Space is limited so register today! Click here to register for this event.
Upcoming Events 
Discoverylogowithglobe Insights Discovery Accreditation
Calgary - Apr. 25-28, (Tuesday-Friday)
Vancouver - May 2-5  (Tuesday-Friday)
Toronto - Sept. 26-29 (Tuesday-Friday)
Calgary - Oct. 23-26 (Monday-Thursday)
Vancouver - Nov. 28-Dec. 1 (Tuesday-Friday) 

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 extend your Insights Discovery certification for another two 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, March 16th.
Vancouver - Thursday, March 23rd. (wait-list only)
Regina - Tuesday, May 16th.
Calgary - Thursday, September 14th.
Vancouver - Wednesday, October 18th.

More details and registration links are located here.

The Art of Storytelling
Story telling is important - especially for those of us who facilitate or conduct workshops.  Being able to tell stories is necessary for our success.  Pixar is offering a free story telling course you can take online, and we've got a link to it right here. The course has just started, so you can catch up.

Will you be bold for change?
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Now there's proof

We've known for years having diversity on a team adds strength.  Knowing how to tap into the various colour energies is powerful.  Now there's proof that diverse teams are smarter. 

No Left Turn
Did you know UPS saved ten-million gallons of fuel by eliminating left turns?  Find the science behind those savings here.

10 Lovable Dr. Seuss Quotes
In celebration of World Book Day (March 2) here are 10 great Dr. Seuss quotes that are as powerful today as ever!
Let's Be Social 
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If you have comments or suggestions for articles in upcoming newsletters, please   contact me directly. 

Dale Nelson, 
Insights Learning and Development