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February, 2016
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February already?  

Well, it's a good thing the second month this year has one extra day thanks to Leap Year! That should mean we all have one more day to get everything finished! With that said however, we'll be celebrating Family Day in BC on the 8th and in Alberta on the 15th ... so maybe the extra day at the end of the month will just even things out.  

If your year is already shaping up to be busy, you'll be interested in some of the stories we're sharing this month, including links for Canada Job grants for training, upcoming events including Insights Discovery Accreditations and Renewals, and how to say NO to things you actually like to do!

So before you tackle that pressing pile in the inbox, take five, top up that mug, and catch up on the latest news and information from Insights Learning and Development. 
Leadership development.  Change management.  These tend to be top priorities for many organizations, and yet a significant number of organizations tend to fall far short of their goals for both.

One major reason for this failure is because they treat both leadership development and change management as separate rather than interrelated challenges. Cultural changes cannot happen without leadership, and efforts to change culture are the crucible in which leadership is developed.

Insights Discovery provides a common language that supports both change initiatives and leadership development.

To read the entire article follow this link.  

To learn more about Discovering Leadership Effectiveness, or Insights Transformational Leadership, please connect with your client manager or contact our office. 
Practitioner Education: Upcoming Events 
We are currently finalizing our strategy and 2016 calendar for Practitioner Education, including establishing an advisory council of client and licensed practitioners to help us shape the webinar and conference events of Canada West. Stay tuned for more detail on this! That said, we do have a few dates to offer right now for learning opportunities, including a webinar, our upcoming Insights Discovery Accreditations and our Discovery Renewals. Check out the dates below and register!

Engaging with Change - 90 minute webinar
March 3rd - 2:00 PM M.S.T. or 1:00 PM P.S.T.
Helping Employees in our organizations more effectively engage with change is vitally necessary.  In this session, we will explore some key frameworks, models and exercises that will make this change journey easier for people in your organization.  This session works with the PowerPoint slide deck and detailed agenda provided at our December conference in Vancouver.  These resources are available here on our website.  

To register for this webinar, please follow this link
Insights Discovery Accreditation 
Calgary - April 25-28, 2016 (M-Th)
Vancouver - May 10-13, 2016 (M-Th)

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 either the IDA session in either city, don't hesitate.  Register today.
Note:  Deadline for registering for these up-coming Calgary and Vancouver sessions is March 25 in Calgary and April; 8 in Vancouver.   

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.

Calgary - Tuesday, June 7th
Vancouver - Tuesday, October 4th

More details and registration links are located here. 
SayNoHow to say No to things you WANT to do 

It's relatively easy to free up time to focus on what we've deemed important. But what do you do when you've stopped watching television, given up Facebook and eliminated the half-fat one-hour lattes?  Dorie Clark's article in the Harvard Business Review gives us some pointers on how to say no to things we actually like doing - when it allows us to focus on the meaningful, long-term goals we've set. 

If you're faced with a steady stream of good opportunities and you just don't have time to say yes to all of them, here's how you can find the strength to say no, and a few questions you can ask yourself to stay focused. The full story is located here.

Canada Job Grants now Available  

Looking for a way to stretch those employee training budgets? The Government of Canada has partnered with the four western provinces to create Canada Job Grants. Under this program, eligible employers have access to training funds to support your essential workforce.
Individual employers will be provided with up to $250,000, capped at $10,000 per training participant per fiscal year. Employers must provide 1/3 of the total cost of training and the CJG will cover the remaining 2/3.
Here are links to the training grants and information for the western provinces. 
BC - open now and training must begin before March 31st

Let's Be Social 
Join us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.  We'll be using these links to provide updates in-between our monthly newsletters and we'll also be re-posting or re-tweeting stories and articles we find interesting. 

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

Dale Nelson, 
Insights Learning and Development