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Issue: 11 Winter 2013


It’s hard to believe that another year has rolled around and we are getting ready to launch our second annual IPFW Applied Leadership Series, scheduled for March 20-22.  We are excited to announce that Lake City Bank has agreed to sponsor our opening reception on March 20 at the Keith E. Busse Steel Dynamics IPFW Alumni Center, and that our list of instructors for the three-day leadership development series is equally impressive as last year’s (with many of the same presenters returning for this year’s program due to popular demand).  If you and/or your management team are looking to refine leadership skills, this series provides an excellent opportunity to do so; click here for more information, and be sure to register early to guarantee your attendance.

Speaking of leadership, you’ll want to be sure to read the article below called “The Leadership Adventure” written by Bob Abel, who is the Director of the IPFW Applied Leadership Series.  In this article, he talks about one very important aspect of leadership—accountability—and how it can positively impact an organization.

This issue of the IPFW Corporate Advantage also includes an article about local business leader Jeff Erickson of Engine Research Associates, Inc. and Erickson Motors, LLC, and how his achieving the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification has provided a competitive edge in the application process for government grants for research and development.  Learn how Erickson prepared himself to become certified by taking a PMP Exam Preparation Course at IPFW, and what his recommendations are for others interested in becoming a PMP.

We round out this issue by including a humorous and informative book review by Martha Martin.  Learn what Martin—who describes herself as “a confessed attention struggler”—has to say about Cathy Davidson’s book Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn.  Reading the book might be a good way to get our attention focused on the new year and how we can achieve greater success in 2013.

The IPFW Alumni Insights feature will resume with the next newsletter, which will be published in April.  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 click here to submit them for consideration.

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

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Book Review: 'Now You See It' Focuses on Science of Attention
Book Review By Martha Martin, IPFW Division of Continuing Studies Instructor

The Book: Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn

The Author: Cathy N. Davidson

Published: August 18, 2011, by The Viking Press


 “Mind-wandering might turn out to be exactly what we need to encourage more of in order to accomplish the best work in a global, multimedia digital age.”  –Cathy N. Davidson

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What caught my eye was the word “attention” – front and center on the cover.  I picked up Cathy Davidson’s Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn because of that simple word: attention.


Davidson was a Vice Provost at Duke University and helped start the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, so she certainly can help me with my attention issues, right?  She has written more than a dozen books with titles, like The Future of Thinking— titles that certainly attract attention.  Davidson has written on this topic because she understands the importance of focus in a world that is interactive and demands concentration amongst chaos.  She writes from the perspective of an admirer and a sufferer.  She readily admits that she is dyslexic and struggles with attention issues.  I like her immediately.   


Editor's note: In this humorous and insightful book review, Martha Martinwho describes herself as “a confessed attention struggler”—not only provides a general overview of the book, but also adds her opinions as to the author’s discussions on such topics as digital technology in the classroom, the changing workplace and changing workers, and multitasking—as well as the book’s main subject matter, attention. 

Read the entire book review

The Leadership Adventure
By Bob Abel, Faculty, IPFW Division of Organizational Leadership and Supervision and Director of the Applied Leadership Series and the Center for Leadership Development

In the late summer of 1914, Ernest Shackleton and 28 men left England, sailing on the HMS Endeavor, setting out for the South Pole. Their objective was to traverse the pole for the first time, a journey across the Antarctic of 1,800 miles.  The adventure ends well, but not as expected.  The Endeavor became trapped in the polar ice and ultimately sank, leaving Shackleton and his men on an ice floe. The journey that began as adventure and exploration became a 19-month test for survival and provided lessons on leadership that can be applied to any corporate or organizational setting.

Editor's note: In this article, Bob Abel, who is the Director of the IPFW Applied Leadership Series and the Center for Leadership Development, focuses on one of those leadership lessons—accountability—and how it can provide a competitive advantage by engaging your team.  

Read the entire article

PMP Helps ERA Win grants for R&D of its MCC Engine
By Mary Popovich for Corporate Advantage

Editor’s Note:  From time to time, the Corporate Advantage will be featuring companies or individuals who have benefited from IPFW Corporate Training programs or IPFW Division of Continuing Studies courses offered in partnership with the Corporate Training department.  The following article features Jeff Erickson, PMP, who is a vice president and co-owner at Engine Research Associates, Inc. (ERA) and its affiliate company, Erickson Motors, LLC, located at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne.

As an entrepreneur/engineer involved in the research and development of specialized engine prototypes for potential military and consumer applications, Jeff Erickson recognizes the value of continuing education and skills enhancement to keep up with the latest techniques and qualifications that help drive success.  Jeff is a vice president and co-owner at Engine Research Associates, Inc. (ERA), a family business that is developing prototypes of a specialized engine, called the Erickson Migrating Combustion Chamber (MCC) Engine.   His venture into lifelong learning includes taking a PMP Exam Preparation Course offered by the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies and its Corporate Training department that provided a solid foundation for his becoming certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).  He believes being a PMP gives his company an advantage as it develops prototypes of its MCC Engine and provides a competitive edge in the bidding process for research and development grants. 

Read the entire story

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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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