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Corporate Advantage Newsletter - Spring 2013

Issue: 12 Spring 2013


In March, the Corporate Training Department of the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies hosted its second annual Applied Leadership Series, and we'd like to thank all of the sponsors, the excellent presenters and the Northeast Indiana companies who provided their staff with the opportunity to attend this valuable program. Pictured at right is a photograph of some of the attendees who attended the series; as you can see from the smiles on their faces, as well as from the critiques included on the Applied Leadership Series' photo review page, it was a great program.

Due to the resounding success of the 2012 and 2013 Applied Leadership Series, we have already scheduled our 2014 event. Please keep the dates of March 19-21, 2014 open and plan to participate or send some of your staff to the 2014 Applied Leadership Series, which will once again offer a unique opportunity to become inspired by some of Northeast Indiana's most influential and talented leaders.

While we're on the topic of leadership, be sure to read the three great articles below. John Peirce, one of our presenters from the 2013 Applied Leadership Series, wrote an excellent article on the power of commitment; Chris Norman, an instructor in the IPFW Leadership Development Certificate program, talks about the importance of critical thinking and problem solving; and IPFW alumnus Joe Doust, Jr., the co-owner of Lebamoff Enterprises' Cap n' Cork, is profiled in our IPFW Alumni Insight feature.

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
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--Gary Schott, Director of Entrepreneurship & Corporate Training, IPFW Division of Continuing Studies - 260-399-1675 or schottg@ipfw.edu

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The Power of Commitment in Leading Others

The Underlying Genius: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

IPFW Alumni Insights

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Fort Wayne Metals
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Kraft Foods
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Symmetry Medical
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
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The Power of Commitment in Leading Others
By John Peirce, Consultant, Community Activist and Presenter in IPFW's 2013 Applied Leadership Series of IPFW

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way.”

–William H. Murray

In this article, John Peirce, a former co-owner of Indiana Stamp in Fort Wayne and a 2011 Fellow in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, uses real-life examples of how individuals, businesses and organizations effected positive change through the power of absolute commitment.  He provides evidence as to why commitment is a worthy and attainable goal that embodies “leadership in its purest and most compelling form” and is capable of changing the world one individual and one community at a time.   

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The Underlying Genius:
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

By Chris Norman, Instructor in the IPFW Leadership Development Certificate Program

Challenges, problems, and decisions are a part of every organization and they require you to go beyond the surface of the issues.  To overcome stumbling blocks and help your organization make the right decisions for developing a competitive advantage in your specific market or industry, you must evaluate the best ways of maximizing your top resources—which most agree are the actual people or employees who run the organization—and improving your weakest resources.  In this article, leadership development instructor Chris Norman evaluates critical thinking and problem solving as tools for delving beneath the surface to make effective decisions that will help you maximize resources and gain the competitive edge. 

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IPFW 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 IPFW Alumni Relations for helping us identify community leaders for this column.

Online Interview with Joe Doust, Jr.
Co-Owner of Lebamoff Enterprises, Inc., d/b/a Cap n Cork

By Mary Popovich for Corporate Advantage

Joe Doust, Jr., is the co-owner of Lebamoff Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Cap n’ Cork, which has 15 locations in Fort Wayne and New Haven offering a full selection of classic and unique beers, wines, spirits and cigars.  Doust started working for George Lebamoff and the family-owned Lebamoff’s Cap and Cork in 1978, graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 1979 with a bachelor of science degree in business, and purchased Cap n’ Cork in 1994 with Andy Lebamoff as his business partner.  Since assuming ownership of the firm, the co-owners have expanded Cap n’ Cork from seven stores to 15.  For the past 16 years, Doust has also been managing partner of AJ’s Property Management, which develops and manages small commercial strip centers within the Fort Wayne area. 

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About IPFW Corporate Advantage
Providing Corporate Advantages through Tailored Training

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 Center and the many training opportunities, or contact Gary Schott at 260-399-1675 or via e-mail at schottg@ipfw.edu. 

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