Issue: 3Winter 2011

Welcome to the Winter issue of IPFW Corporate Advantage. In this issue, we are introducing "Alumni Insights," the first in a series of Corporate Advantage columns featuring alumni of IPFW, as they share their insight on a variety of topics related to business and organizational growth. Our premier alumni article is written by Linda Buskirk (MPA, 1994) on "Thinking Strategically."


The IPFW Corporate Advantage also includes insightful articles from our training and academic professionals, news about our Corporate Training program, as well as occasional client success stories. We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and find information here that is helpful as you explore new ways to use Corporate Training to your advantage. If you have any suggestions for future subject matter, please click here to submit them for consideration. 


IPFW Corporate Training is affiliated with the Division of Continuing Studies, whose catalog recently arrived in your mailbox.  Among many professional and personal development courses, the catalog provides the listings of many relevant and cost-effective programs for Corporate Training. View the IPFW Continuing Studies Catalog at or request a copy by calling 260-399-1675.  If the program you need is not listed, ask about unique, company-specific courses that can be tailored to your needs.

 --Gary Schott, Director of Entrepreneurship & Corporate Training, IPFW Division of Continuing Studies

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PerformanceCritical Thinking: Acting the Part
By Bob Abel, IPFW Faculty
In today's business environment, improved employee performance is more critical than ever in contributing to an organization's success.  But with reduced staffs and an uncertain future, how do we get more from employees who are likely at capacity already?  The answer is that we work smarter, not harder, and use some key concepts of critical thinking to help get us there. In this second installment of a three-part series, Bob Abel - who is on the faculty of the Organizational Leadership and Supervision Division of IPFW -- sets the stage for implementing critical thinking at your organization. Read more.
fayAchieving T.R.U.E. Results
By Tamara Fay, IPFW Trainer
FayToday's corporate managers and leaders need to use Trust, Respect, Understanding and Empathy (TRUE) to build and maintain productive relationships with both internal and external customers. In this article, Tamara K. Fay -- the Lead Instructor for Series III of the Supervisory and Leadership Development program that is being offered this winter and spring by the Division of Continuing Studies -- discusses how to use TRUE in your organization... Read the entire article.

buskirkIPFW Alumni Insights

This article is the first in a series of Corporate Advantage columns featuring alumni of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) as they share their insight on a variety of topics related to business and organizational growth.  We thank the IPFW Alumni Association for helping us identify community leaders for this column.


Thinking Strategically 

By Linda Buskirk, IPFW, MPA 1994

buskirkIPFW alumna Linda Buskirk (MPA, 1994) -- who is the president of Accountable Solutions, Inc. and periodically teaches "Strategic Planning for Nonprofits" in partnership with the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies -- compares the concept of thinking strategically with making New Year's resolutions. She also provides guidelines for using this tool to effect positive change in any organization. Read more.
AboutUsAbout IPFW Corporate Advantage
Providing Corporate Advantages Through Tailored Training
Gary SchottIn need of training to elevate your company to the next level of excellence or teach your employees specific skills needed for future growth expectations?  IPFW's Corporate Training specializes in providing your company with a competitive advantage through training specifically tailored to your needs.  Unlike other "cookie-cutter" or "one-for-all" training programs that attempt to fit your needs into their existing courses, we conduct a thorough needs analysis and custom-design a program specifically for you.  We provide training at your site or ours, carefully choose the right instructor from our vast network of community experts, and customize the training manual and hands-on instruction for your unique needs.  What's more, we can schedule the training on your timeline, when it's least likely to impact operational and production goals.  Learn more about IPFW's Corporate Training and the many training opportunities, or contact Gary Schott at 260-399-1675 or via e-mail at
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IPFW would like to thank the following companies for choosing us as a corporate training partner since 2009.



Brooks Construction

Do It Best

Fort Wayne Metals

Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority

Indiana Physical Therapy 



Kraft Foods

LD Commodities

Lincoln Financial Group 

Maple Leaf Farms


Paragon Medical



Summit Brands

Superior Essex

Symmetry Medical

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions


Wieland Designs


Look for features on our customers in future issues