News from Insights Vancouver
June, 2015
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"The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are
to where they have not been."                           ~ Henry Kissinger

June is a very special month here at Insights as we get set to embrace some very important changes that will be happening soon. 

We've got some very exciting news to share, as well as a number of very important dates to add to your calendar.  We've got some news from a Client Practitioner, an update about Canada School of Public Service and Ten Tips for Presenters.

So top up that cup, take five, and catch up on all the latest news from Insights Vancouver.
Important Announcement 

An exciting announcement from the Insights Executive and Joyce Gwilliam, President Insights Learning and Development (Vancouver)


We're delighted to share some exciting news about Insights Learning and Development.


After careful consideration and reflection, Joyce and Director of Operations Ken Blosser have decided to retire.


Joyce and Ken are a remarkable partnership who have made a tremendous contribution to Insights over the years. They have created a powerful and lasting legacy, and the Insights family would like to acknowledge and thank them.


As a result of this decision, and after a review of our client's needs, current market trends and other factors, our successful Vancouver and Calgary businesses will be integrated and become one Insights organization serving western Canada with offices in Vancouver and Calgary.  


This new organization, which launches on Saturday, August 1st, 2015, will combine the experience and strengths from two dynamic teams to support the expanding market in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories.  


By amalgamating our resources to create one collaborative organization, we'll enhance the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience within our team and continue to improve our service for our customers.


Throughout this transition period we'll continue to partner with our people and our customers and provide immediately impactful learning solutions.


Please join us in thanking Joyce and Ken for their efforts over the past 16 years, and in wishing our Canadian colleagues every success in this new venture.


We'll share more information about these changes in the coming months. 


Joyce Gwilliam 

EventsUpcoming Events              

Joyce Gwilliam & Ken Blosser
Come & Go Retirement Party 

Friday, July 17th from 1:30 to 4:30
Insights Learning & Development Office
#339-17 Fawcett Road, Coquitlam  
We're hosting a 'Come & Go Retirement Party' to celebrate the contributions of Joyce Gwilliam and Ken Blosser.  Join us for refreshments, nibblies, and great sharing of memories from over the past 16 years. RSVP if you're planning to join us and wish Joyce and Ken all the best in their retirement.  

Learn@Work Month
September 2015
The Canadian Society for Training & Development's national Learn @ Work Month is an annual celebration designed to promote the importance of workplace learning and performance to key stakeholders and the public-at-large. Learning has a positive impact on key business measures such as job performance and productivity and this event showcases how workplace learning makes a difference. During the month of September, workplace learning will be celebrated in organizations big and small through a variety of awareness campaigns, learning activities and professional development events.

Insights  has a limited number of one-hour sessions you can book on a first-come first-served basis to enhance your Learn@Work sessions.  Session details and booking information is available here.



Discoverylogowithglobe Insights Discovery Accreditation, Vancouver
October 5-8
May has always been a busy month for Insights Discovery Accreditations, and this year is no exception, with the Vancouver IDA wait-listed again.  There are now over 30 public and internal Accreditations each year across North America, which demonstrates how many organizations are choosing to bring Insights Discovery 'in house'.  
It's never too early to talk to us if you're thinking about bringing Insights Discovery into your organization, and if you're planning to attend the October Accreditation, remember that registration closes in early September.  We always have a wait list for the Vancouver Accreditations, so don't delay.  Full details and registration information is located here.  
FrontLineA Word from the Front Line             

Stella Cooper sent word to our Learning Services team about her 'discovery' last month on perception.  


Hello everyone,


In the last newsletter, I saw the suggestion of using the famous "dress dilemma" picture as a visual for the perception piece in Beginning the Journey sessions.


I did include it in my last Beginning the Journey workshop last week and it worked better than anything else I have used in the past. The concept of "what you believe is real" was so strong with the visual of the dress.


The area manager in my group saw the dress white and gold, and was convinced it was. Until we Googled it to confirm that the actual dress is black and blue.


This visual seems to be a very strong one for people. It demonstrates that we can be SO SURE we are right, that we can't conceive that something else might be correct. That our reality may not be "the" reality of the situation. The debrief around the dress discussion was really rich. And the funny part was that there was only 1 woman in this group, the rest were guys/mariners. I am pretty sure they have never spent that much time in their lives talking about a dress, hahaha!


Just thought you might be interested to know, in case you haven't had a chance to include it in your slides....


Have a great day!


Stella Cooper

Manager, Training and Development  

Western Canada Marine Response Corporation 


CSPSCanada School of Public Service             


While in Ottawa last month, Joyce Gwilliam and Jayne Tellier found some time to visit Parliament Hill and the Famous Five Monument - a tribute to Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney and Henrietta Muir Edwards. 


They were in Ottawa for a four-day Insights Discovery Accreditation session for 8 new Insights Discovery Practitioners, followed by a one-day Practitioner Renewal session for another 18 practitioners.  


The Canada School of Public Service provides Canadian public servants with exceptional opportunities to strengthen their professional skills and excel today and in the future. The School is central to the enterprise-wide approach to learning envisioned in Blueprint 2020.  


The School delivers the common curriculum that supports learning for public servants at every stage of their career, regardless of where they work. The curriculum includes Insights Discovery courses focused on improving the skills needed today and at the next stage of their career.  

TipsTen Tips for Presenters             

Better connections with your audience means better learning outcomes. Whether you're presenting at a team meeting or delivering a key-note address, connecting with those in attendance is part of your job.  


For first-time presenters - and those of you with hundreds of presentations under their belt - we've compiled a list of ten things that can help to improve your connection to your audience.  


Click here to access our list of suggestions.  

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

Dale Nelson, 
Insights Vancouver