Do it Best Corp. recently concluded a week-long, intensive leadership training development program for a selected group of managers and leaders from among its member-owned stores across the U.S.
The co-op held its inaugural Leadership Development Institute (LDI) November 12-15, 2013, at its Fort Wayne, Indiana, headquarters for 23 attendees. Do it Best Corp. created the LDI to help managers be even more responsive to the needs of their employees and their customers and, as a result, more successful overall as leaders in their respective operations.
“The focus of LDI is to provide these participants with the tools and concepts to understand why people do what they do and how leaders can more effectively manage themselves, their teams and their businesses,” said Do it Best Corp. vp/sales and business development, Jay Brown. “The end goal of this training is to help them understand how to best execute the personalized strategic leadership plans they created here once they return to their stores.”
The first three days of LDI each featured content centered on a specific theme— Self, Team and Business— all of which culminated with each participant developing and presenting to their peers their strategic plans.
Several key Do it Best Corp. executives shared their leadership insights during LDI, including president and CEO Bob Taylor; evp and COO Dan Starr; and vp/information technology Mike Altendorf; and vp/sales and business development, Jay Brown. In addition, several outside leadership development experts participated in the presentations and discussions, including Rick Davis of Building Leaders Inc.; Dr. John Lovell of National Assessment Services; Scott Harrison of Rea Magnet Wire; and Indiana University-Purdue University communications instructors Jake Gamble and Amanda Parker.