December 2017
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"December, being the last month of the year, cannot help but make us think of what is to come."
~Fennel Hudson, 'A Meaningful Life'

That's it!  We've officially run out of calendar pages to turn this year - and we're already setting our sights on dates in the new year.

Before we put this year to bed though, we've got a few more things to wrap up.  We're hosting networking events in Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary this month, spending some time exploring our new Beginning the Journey offering enhanced by technology.  We hope you've registered and we look forward to seeing you there.

In this months newsletter we've highlighted some dates for upcoming Insights Discovery accreditation sessions, Client Practitioner renewal sessions, office closure dates for the holiday season, and the usual interesting reads.

So top up that egg nog, take five, and catch up on the latest news and information from Insights Learning and Development.

And on behalf of everyone here, Best Wishes for a Joyous Holiday season and a very Happy New Year to you and yours!
December Networking Socials
Don't forget your tablet or smartphone 

If you've registered to join us for an evening of networking, socializing, and holiday season cheer, don't forget to bring your smartphone or tablet along.

We're going to spend some time looking at a new way to facilitate and experience Insights Discovery. 
Beginning the Journey is our new way of facilitating or delivering an Introduction to Insights Discovery.  Our new Learning Journey approach is enhanced by our new digital platform, My Insights.

You'll have access to your connected Insights Discovery Personal Profile during these socials, and together we'll explore some of the learning accelerators and post-workshop exercises designed to help you keep the learning alive long after the live learning experience.  

Vancouver: Thursday December 7th
Victoria: Tuesday, December 12th
Calgary: Thursday, December 14th 

4:30 to 6:30 local times.

The Agenda
- Beginning the Journey:  A New Way to Facilitate/Experience Insights Discovery.  Beginning the Journey is our new  way of facilitating or delivering an Introduction to Insights Discovery.  Our new Learning Journey approach is enhanced by our new digital platform, My Insights.
- Idea sharing, best practices, peer-to-peer learning
- Open mic.  Tell us what's on your mind

The details:

Rogue Eastside Lounge,
601 Cordova, Vancouver

An Insights 'Island Networking' event - Tuesday, December 12th - 4:30 - 6:30. 
Hosted by our friends at the Office of the Auditor General of BC - 623 Fort Street, Victoria BC.

 the cellar
#100 - 137 8 Avenue SW 

To register for the networking event near you, please click here. 
Holiday Office Closure

The offices of Insights Learning and Development will be close on Friday, December 22 for the Christmas break, and remain closed through Monday, January 1, 2018.

Our offices will re-open on Tuesday, January 2nd.  If you have specific requests or materials orders that require processing before year-end, please get them into us well in advance of our December 22nd closure.

On behalf of everyone here at Insights, we wish you and yours the very happiest of this holiday season, and we look forward to working with you again in the new year.
Upcoming Events  

Insights Discovery Accreditations
Calgary - Feb. 26-Mar 01, 2018
Toronto - Feb. 27-March 02, 2018
Regina - March 13-16, 2018 
Vancouver - April 09-12, 2018

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?
Montreal - Thursday, February 22, 2018 (French Renewal)
Calgary - March 07, 2018
Ottawa - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Charlottetown - April 2018 (Date to be confirmed)
Vancouver - Wednesday May 2, 2018
Calgary - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Vancouver - November 2018 - (Date to be confirmed)

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. 
Items of Interest

Would you like to leave a legacy? Then cast your gaze wide.

What do you want to be celebrating at your retirement party?  How to create a career bucket list.

A case for leadership diversity.

In an era of tele-commuting, how do you stay focused when working from home?
Keep up with Insights    

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

Dale Nelson, 
Insights Learning and Development