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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Press Release: Bredenberg Associates Achieves Highest Sales Honor

Press Release   

February 7, 2018 

Contact Information:
Ingrid Bredenberg, M.A.
Bredenberg Associates

Local Business Achieves Highest Sales Honor

Minneapolis, MN—

Wiley, the developer of proven workplace assessment-driven solutions Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®, announced local business Bredenberg Associates as a 2017 Ruby award-winning Partner. This recognition commends Bredenberg Associates’ commitment to building better workplaces.

“We are excited to partner with professionals like Bredenberg Associates who want to make a difference in the world of work,” says Susie Kukkonen, Vice President of Partner Channels at Wiley. “Bredenberg Associates’ dedication to helping clients succeed, combined with their expertise in delivering Everything DiSC and The Five Behaviors is highly valuable to any organization. We are honored to have them as an Authorized Partner.”

About Bredenberg Associates
For over 30 years, Bredenberg Associates’ strategic consultants and trainers have been working with leaders and teams in healthcare, government, higher education and business helping them take their organizations to the next level. From visioning to action planning, Bredenberg Associates experts equip leaders with essential skills and cutting edge tools for organizational transformation. “Partnering with Wiley Publishing allows us to bring the best research-based assessments to our clients,” says Ingrid Bredenberg, founder and senior consultant. Bredenberg Associates has offices in Albany, NY, St. Petersburg, Florida and Durham, NC.

About Everything DiSC®
Everything DiSC is the leading suite of DiSC®-based workplace training and assessment solutions. These advanced applications combine online assessment, classroom facilitation, and post-training follow-up to create powerful, personalized workplace development experiences. With a global network of independent Partners, Everything DiSC solutions are used in thousands of organizations, including major government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

About The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team®
The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team is the result of the partnership between Wiley and best– selling author Patrick Lencioni. This unique team program has a simple goal—to improve team effectiveness and productivity through the understanding and application of The Five BehaviorsTM: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results. Powered by the personality inventory of Everything DiSC and All TypesTM, The Five Behaviors highlights the impact of personality on team development, helping talented individuals discover how to work together as a cohesive team.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Leadership Quick Tip: Visioning

Become a better leader and team member by harnessing the energy of your desires, defining your dreams and sharing your vision.
  • Desires - Sometimes it’s easiest to start with what’s working that you’d like to change. Where is there pain or tension? What do you want instead?
  • Dreams - How would you be feeling if things were different? What would others be doing or saying? What would you be doing? Don’t worry about “how” this will happen. Focus on what you or your situation will look and feel when the shift has happened.
  • Visions - Write it down. Describe this new situation. Focus on the positive results. Draw a picture or take images from a magazine that represent this vision. Create a Vision Board or a Dream Book -- a collage of pictures and words that represent this desired state. Talk “as if” it has already happened.
In our Leadership Innovation Academy programs, we guide leaders and teams through a visioning process that ignites their creativity, aligns their visions and lays a foundation for planning and action.

This highly interactive 3 - 4 hour process helps teams:
     1. Create a shared vision of the future
     2. Clarify priorities and goals
     3. Engage and align team members
     4. Communicate compelling messages about their purpose

Want more information about the Leadership Innovation Academy’s Visioning Process? Contact us at (727) 308-0812

Monday, January 8, 2018

Desires, Dreams, Visions

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King JR - Free Pictures at Historical Stock Photos.comJanuary is the month that we celebrate a great man and a powerful leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The media, schools and workplaces share stories about his work and struggles. There are celebrations with speakers, music and activities designed to bring people together in unity and activism. Communities sponsor service projects inspired by his principles and activism.  

One of his most referenced speech is “I have a Dream”, first made in Detroit after he and an interracial group of dignitaries led 125,000 people in what was then the largest civil rights march in the country. He made a similar speech later at the even larger March on Washington.

What made this, and other speeches so compelling? What can we learn from Dr. King? Leaders, take note...

Vision - He paints a clear picture of a desired future where his “four little children...will be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.” He goes on to describe a world where oppression is transformed into an “oasis of freedom and justice.” Leaders must consistently present a positive vision of the future that people can see, want to be part of, and be willing to work toward.

Storytelling and metaphor - People love stories. Good stories can be told and retold. They become the foundation upon which to build plans and take action. Metaphors give meaning and substance to abstract concepts like freedom, unity, service.  

Repetition and cadence - Important statements about purpose, priorities, and goals are worthy of repetition...particularly if they are positive and uplifting. We may not speak like Dr. King, but we can learn from the way he uses pace, pauses and tone to carry the listener along with the message.

Passion - It begins with a desire. Dr. King desired freedom from oppression and equal opportunity for all. You can hear the emotion in his voice and words. It ignites and resonates with emotions that humans can feel. If a leader isn’t passionate about the purpose or project...and communicates it with feeling, others won’t be inspired to engage and act.

Action - Dr. King walked his talk. He took risks. He stood for his values. He was inclusive. He was willing to change his mind when better information was presented. This is not the easy path. If leaders expect their teams to perform, they must show and model the way forward.

Continuous Learning - Dr King honed his speaking craft through his years of ministry, diplomacy, and activism. One learns to speak eloquently by practicing, practicing, practicing. Learning to speak clearly and compellingly is a leadership best practice that can (and should) be developed through coaching, video feedback, Toastmasters or public speaking courses. You will gain confidence, competence and comfort in communicating to groups of all sizes. This will help you be a better leader...and your followers deserve it.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Gratitude & Appreciation: The Overlooked Keys to Workplace Success

"Help people reach their full potential. Catch them doing something right.”
— Ken Blanchard, PhD & Spencer Johnson, MD

I am grateful photo

When was the last time that you expressed your gratitude towards a co-worker, a colleague, team, or even a manager? And I don’t just mean a “thank you.” I’m referring to specifics - a thank you of value to show that you truly notice another person’s talents and effort. Gratitude and appreciation work like magic...sparking motivation, elevating energy, and improving performance.  If your workplace is stressful, co-workers lack motivation, or goals lag...try catching people doing something right and showing appreciation on a regular basis. A few moments of positive, focused attention can help remedy the situation! Here’s a sneak peek from The New One Minute Manager, the updated classic resource for improving workplace environment and results through three powerful, yet simple secrets.

The New One Minute Manager Book
Ken Blanchard, PhD and Spencer Johnson, MD share their secrets to cultivating a productive, honest, and motivated team in “The New One Minute Manager” and it begins with gratitude. Their key to success in the workplace boils down to the fact that they understand people and what makes them tick.
Think of times when you excelled in life, whether routine as making your bed for a fresh new start on your day.  Or when you finished a project that took months or even years to complete but you produced something you were proud of.
What do they all have in common?
What was memorable about them that motivated you to keep going with that habit or to strive for further success?
It’s likely you felt good about yourself and had some...or even a lot of confidence.
One of the One Minute Manager’s “secrets” is that:

People Who Feel
Good About Themselves
Good Results

But there’s more… A simple “thank you” doesn’t cut it for providing the satisfaction and motivation that people need. There is more value in giving immediate and specific appreciation. Try to “catch people doing something right” and give them praise right then and there! A great way to do this is to take some time to roam the office and notice the great work people are doing. Use these moments to show your appreciation and give some praise; but remember, only give praise where it is deserved, otherwise, it acts as a demotivated and devalues those who work hard at what they do. When praising, be specific. Let the individual know what you noticed, why you appreciate her/his work and how it helped you and/or the team, and give encouragement to keep it up! Not only does this benefit the person receiving praise and motivate them to excel, but it also makes the praiser feel good about themselves and the leadership that they are providing! In the words of Blanchard and Johnson’s One Minute Manager:

Help People
Reach Their
Full Potential.

Catch Them
Doing Something

Strong leaders are those who provide meaningful encouragement and who inspire true growth in those around them. Expressing timely, deserved, and specific gratitude is a key to being a successful leader. When people feel appreciated they think and speak more positively, leaving less room for gossip, negativity, and frustration; they are more motivated to tackle and complete bigger and better projects; and the relationship between boss and employee evolves into one of partnership, where both parties have the desire to work together to achieve excellence. Take up the habit of expressing your gratitude and giving praise to those around you. I assure you, you’ll only receive positive results! After all, it is the season to be thankful!

We appreciate your dedication to your leadership journey
As a Change Agent, your efforts make a positive impact on everyone around you.
We equip leaders like you with innovative tools and techniques to help your team work better together.

Leadership Innovation Academy Team
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Everything DiSC: Productive Conflict Brochure

The Value of Conflict

Conflict is scary.  It can strain relationships, make communication difficult and just feels icky.  Which is why many people avoid it when possible.  And yet, not bringing different perspectives forward or keeping feelings held in can lead to larger problems.  The cost of avoiding conflict can include: 
  • Poor decisions if different perspectives or concerns aren’t considered
  • Resentment leading to behind-the-back damaging behavior
  • Lack of communication and team cohesiveness
                    …and much more

Workplace conflict is inevitable. It's tempting to avoid these uncomfortable situations altogether, but there's a much more effective solution!

With Everything DiSC® Productive Conflict, learners will discover how to curb destructive behaviors so that conflict can become more productive. This is not your average conflict resolution program. Everything DiSC® Productive Conflict offers highly personalized content that helps learners increase self-awareness around conflict behaviors and effectively respond to conflict situations…which ultimately improves workplace results and relationships.

Your learners will:
  • Explore the destructive and productive conflict behaviors of each DiSC® style
  • Understand how to manage your response to conflict situations
  • Discover communication strategies when engaging in productive conflict with colleagues

View the EverythingDiSC® Productive Conflict brochure for more information.  Learn more about how different styles respond to conflict here:

Interested in learning more? Please reach out to us for more details.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Schedule for the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Breakfast Showcases

Learn why The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ is recognized as the proven solution for developing a productive, high-performing team. Based on the best-selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni, The Five Behaviors™ helps teams understand how to become more cohesive and productive.
In the showcase you will learn:
  • The value of the five behaviors of teamwork: Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results
  • Strategies for building a cohesive and productive team
  • How to measure your team’s effectiveness and explore your team’s weaknesses and strengths
  • How your personality influences your behavior and impacts your team
  • How to maximize The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™

Upcoming Events

Showcase tuition for the public is $20, but we would like you to be our guest for FREE! As a courtesy, if you must cancel, please let us know as soon as possible.
Contact us to reserve your spot today!

Showcases begin at 8:30am and end at 10:30am unless otherwise noted with an asterisk.

     Thursday, September 21, 2017*
          Atlanta, GA
     Tuesday, October 3, 2017**
          Grand Rapids, MI
     Thursday, October 5, 2017
          Louisville, KY
     Tuesday, October 17, 2017**
          Kansas City
     Tuesday, October 24, 2017
          Denver, CO
     Wednesday, October 25, 2017*
          Irvine, CA
     Thursday, October 26, 2017*
          Santa Monica, CA      
     Wednesday, December 13, 2017
          Dallas, TX

*   Event Time: 9:00am to 11:00am.
** Event Time: 11:30am to 1:30pm.