Issue: 5Summer 2011

CHANGE.  This topic has been the subject of political campaigns, self-help and business books, as well as philosophers and great authors.  We all know that change is inevitable and that it elicits a variety of responses, both positive and negative.  In this summer 2011 issue, two of our contributors discuss the subject of change from distinct angles.  IPFW Continuing Studies instructor Denice Beights, who also is director of the Fort Wayne Children's Choir, examines why change is so hard.  Meanwhile, IPFW alumnus and business leader Dan Dickey encourages his corporate colleagues to embrace change for the good of the organization.  We think you'll find both of these articles to be worth reading.

Also featured in this issue is a book review on Emotional Intelligence 2.0, a popular subject among business executives and psychologists.  Read why IPFW Continuing Studies instructor Martha Martin thinks this "easy read" is worth your investment.

As always, we hope you find all the information included in this newsletter to be helpful as you explore new ways to use Corporate Training to your advantage.  We welcome suggestions for future subject matter; please click here to submit them for consideration.

IPFW Corporate Training is affiliated with the Division of Continuing Studies and its offerings of cost-effective, valuable programs in Corporate Training, as well as in Professional Development and Personal Enrichment.  View the IPFW Continuing Studies Catalog at, or request a copy by calling 260-399-1675.  If the course 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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ALSIPFW Seeks Your Input for Applied Leadership Series

Good leadership practices are recognized as the greatest predictor of success in any organization. We are developing an Applied Leadership Series that will meet the leadership development demands of local organizations in both the public and private sectors. To do so, we need your input.  Please take a few moments to complete a brief survey related to the necessary components and specific demands for leadership development in local organizations. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, July 22.  Access the brief survey here.


Also, watch for the Applied Leadership Series in the 2011-12 IPFW Continuing Studies catalogs, or contact Robert Abel at  for more information.  Thank you for your cooperation.


ChangeWhy Change is so Hard
By Denise Beights, IPFW Instructor

denise2Changes are inevitable in every organization, but some changes are more welcomed than others.  What causes one set of changes to be embraced while another is feared and challenged?  The reaction often depends on the tone you set as leader of your organization.  In this article, IPFW Division of Continuing Studies instructor, Denise Beights, examines how to effect changes by discussing them in a favorable light so your employees will focus on the positive, rather than the negative, aspects of those changes.

Read the entire article.

BookreviewBook Review: Emotional Intelligence 2.0
By Martha Martin, IPFW Instructor

Martha MartinEmotional intelligence is a popular topic among today's business executives and psychologists.  In this book review, IPFW Continuing Studies instructor, Martha Martin, reviews Emotional Intelligence 2.0, written by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves and published in 2009 to "succinctly explain how to deal with emotions creatively and employ our intelligence in a beneficial way," according to the book cover.  Martin finds the book to be an "easy read" with subject matter that is "an appealing, trendy survey of self-evaluation in the field of emotional intelligence and psychology."  She recommends Emotional Intelligence 2.0 because it is informative, concise, and includes "a convenient online assessment and case studies addressing specific employees with co-worker evaluations."

Read the entire article.

AlumniIPFW Alumni Insights

This series features 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.


Embrace Change and Confide in Mentors

By Mary Popovich for Corporate Advantage

Dan DickeyIPFW alumnus Dan A. Dickey, the principal and president/CEO of NAI Harding Dahm, has experienced a lot of change over the years in both his personal and professional life.  In this article based on an interview with the business leader, he draws from personal experiences in sharing his philosophy about change and how to rely on mentors to make the right decisions.  Learn why this ex-teacher finds it so important to get feedback, and why we need to be open and ready when opportunities present themselves.

Read the entire article.

maynardMaynard to Chair Educational Track for PMIŽ Conference

Dave MaynardCongratulations to David A. Maynard, a project management instructor for IPFW Corporate Training and the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies, who has been selected to be the 2011 PMI Global Conference educational track chair for the Project Management Institute (PMI).


Read more about the PMI and Maynard's role in its annual conference.

AboutUsAbout IPFW Corporate Advantage
Providing Corporate Advantages Through Tailored Training

Gary Schott

In 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




In This Issue

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Corporate Training


Advanced Manufacturing Network 


Office of Engagement

Fall 2011 Catalog Cover 

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IPFW would like to thank the following companies for choosing us as a corporate training partner since 2009.


Allen County Public Library

AutoForm Tool 


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