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March, 2016
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"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."    ~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Perception is a fundamental concept in the Insights Discovery system.  Our perceptions influence how we make sense of the world and this affects every aspect of our lives - from the 'story' we tell ourselves about what is happening to how we react to situations around us. Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird - a work of art that defined 20th-century literature - was published in 1961.  Today, more than 50 years since readers turned those first pages, the lessons from her novel still hold true.

There are many memorable passages in Lee's work that are timeless and read as though she could have penned them just days ago. The passage above is delivered by Atticus Finch in chapter three as he teaches his young daughter Scout the importance of looking at things from the other person's point of view.   This concept of perception underpins the critical need to examine our own biases and theories when we're attempting to connect and communicate with others. 

Being willing to see and value different perceptions and perspectives enables us to establish relationships based on mutual respect and understanding rather than judgement.
Nelle Harper Lee passed away last month at the age of 89.

This month, we have a great article by one of Insights' own on Leadership, an update on upcoming events, some tips for speakers, and other items of interest.  So we invite you to take five, and catch up on the latest news and information from Insights Learning and Development.
Leadership is not one-size-fits-all 
Every single person in your team is unique. They are all motivated by, disappointed by, worried about, excited about, and skeptical about different things, each to varying degrees. Some will like informal chats about the weekend, others would rather eat a cactus than be forced into such an ordeal.
Doug Upchurch, Learning Innovation Strategist with Insights Learning and Development shares his thoughts on leadership, and the four manifestations of leadership which are the critical pillars which will enable you to become a leader who knows who they are while also being able to meet the needs of others. 
Being able to access each of these, or a combination of them, when required will boost your effectiveness as a leader, and enable your team to reach new heights of trust, cohesion, and ultimately, productivity.
To learn more about Insights Leadership programs, talk to 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 our upcoming Insights Discovery Accreditations and our Discovery Renewals. Check out the dates below and register!
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. 
Three Quick Steps for Speaking with Power

For many, the idea of speaking in front of any group can be a little overwhelming.  Yet as Insights Discovery facilitators, we're often on our feet in front of an audience for entire days at a time. 

Here are three quick tips you can use to help you gain presence and power the next time you have to speak - whether it's a crowd or a small group of team members.   

The full article from Fast Company
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

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

Dale Nelson, 
Insights Learning and Development