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  • 29 Jun 2015 10:47 AM | Roger Kitchen Jr

     

    Ms. Lane Fabby has more than 15 years of experience providing professional development services to individuals, teams, and organizations. Lane has had the unique opportunity to collaborate with various CEO's of Fortune 500 companies, thought leaders, authors, and top military and civilian officials throughout her career. Through this rare experience of working with individuals who have helped shape the 21st century workforce, she has gained an extensive knowledge base in identifying clients' needs, designing learning events, and delivering customized high-quality and high-impact programs.

    Lane specializes in the areas of leadership development, training and facilitation, curriculum design, team effectiveness, performance management, communication skill development, and executive coaching. She focuses on providing leaders with a robust set of management, leadership, and execution tools.

    In 2000, Lane began conducting organizational development training for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, California. During her tenure with NPS, she implemented Executive Education courses and events for top military and civilian leaders in order to improve business processes within the U.S. Department of the Navy.

    In 2003, Lane helped establish Frew & Associates, an independent professional development consulting firm. She designed and delivered professional development programs aimed at changing thinking and behaviors as well as provided executive coaching services to her clients.

    Lane earned a Master of Science degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego's School of Business Administration, coupled with specialties in leadership development, project management, and business operations. In addition, she holds a certification in Appreciative Inquiry, Polarity Thinking, Project Management, Strengths Advocacy, and is a Temperament Certified Professional (i.e. MBTI). She is also a qualified Executive Coach through the Center for Executive Coaching (International Coach Federation (ICF) Accredited).

    Lane is a published writer, Harvard ManageMentor (HMM) Instructor, and University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) Continuing Education Instructor. She is a member of the Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers, and Consultants (APCTC), Women in Defense (WID), and Women's Economic Development Council (WEDC). In addition, she serves on the WEDC Foundation Board, serves as Vice President of Wounded Blue, Inc., and is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville Madison County. 

     

    Five Reasons to Hire FLS

    Are you looking for high imapct leadership development training for events, facilitation for meetings, a keynote speaker for conferences, or executive coaching for yourself or your team? FLS provides a unique learning approach and has the knowledge, experience, and credentials you need.

    1. Custom Design
    At Fabby Leadership Solutions, Inc., we take time to truly listen to our clients to get to know the vision and mission of the organization and what they want to accomplish. We also take time to get to know others in the organization who are working to make that vision a reality. For you as a FLS client, that means dedicated time to truly build the trust it takes and custom design a program to make change happen over time in your organization.

    2. Clearly Defined Goals
    The professionals at FLS are focused on a level of detail that many organizations are not. We build a clearly defined set of goals for each program from a one hour talk to a multi-week retreat. There is no guessing about what you want to achieve for your organization and how we can help you get there as a result of your time and money invested with us.

    3. Expertise
    FLS professionals have more than 40 years of combined leadership development experience in designing and delivering events. We understand the importance of well-facilitated events, connecting with participants, promoting rich dialog, recognizing learning moments, asking provocative questions, and including experiential learning and interactive team exercises in order for participants to attain a deep learning experience.

    4. Experience
    FLS professionals have conducted countless speaking engagements, seminars, workshops, courses, programs, and events. We have learned what works and what does not work inside and outside of the training room. When you hire FLS, you gain the experience of a team that has propelled individuals, teams, and organizations to a higher level.

    5. Authenticity
    When you hire FLS, you hire a team that is dedicated to authenticity and high-impact sustainable results. We will tell you the truth, the whole truth, and even the truth when it sometimes hurts. If you are looking to hire a consultant, facilitator, speaker, or executive coach with a high level of authenticity and integrity, please give us a call at 256-837-1757.  

     

    http://www.fabbyleadership.com/aboutus.asp  

  • 29 Jun 2015 10:38 AM | Roger Kitchen Jr

    The North Alabama Chapter for the Association of Talent Development would like to welcome Redstone Federal Credit Union, Huntsville, Alabama as a 2015 Corporate Sponsor. REDFCU leads the way in Employee Development, Talent Management, and Organizational Effectiveness. ATDNAL is proud to partner with REDFCU in this sponsorship.

    Redstone Federal Credit Union is a federally chartered credit union headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama and is regulated and insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). With nearly 370,000 members and more than $3 billion in assets, Redstone is the largest credit union in Alabama and among the 25 largest credit unions in the nation.

    Mission

    Improving the financial well-being of our members and communities by offering trusted advice, choices, opportunities, and solutions.

    Values

    -Respect

    -Integrity

    -Soundness

    -Excellence

     

  • 29 Jun 2015 5:32 AM | Dale Lenahan (Administrator)

    The Board of Directors has voted to reduce our rates for Luncheon events for our current venue for the remainder of 2015. These rates are subject to change in the event of changes in agreement with the current venue or if  the venue has to change at an increased cost to the chapter. Our new rates are:

    Members              $20

    Non-Members     $25

    Students               $15

    The Board has also voted to allow current active members to bring (1) non-member guest to a luncheon event at a reduced rate of $15. The Board feels that with our rebranding of ATD, formally ASTD, this will re-energize our organization and allow members to bring a guest that may be a potential member or is interested in the schedule event topic. The stipulation is that the person can only be brought as a guest once. This also means that the same person cannot be brought as a guest of a different member at any time. We have some great speakers and topics scheduled for the remainder of 2015 and hope that members will take advantage of the reduced rates, but to also bring a guest that may be interested in becoming a member.

    We will also be sending information out to members about becoming Power Members and what benefits are available to Power Members. There will be more information coming on member benefits and materials available through ATD to benefit your organization.

    Be on the look out for more emails with either of the logos below for more information on Power Membership and benefits.

    We look forward to meeting everyone at our events! Check out the upcoming events here http://www.atdnal.org/page-1803999  

  • 28 Jun 2015 6:54 PM | Roger Kitchen Jr

    What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Grit’? Hopefully it is not a piece of sand or images of sand paper. How about perseverance, resilience, focus, and/or tough? Great leaders have these characteristics; an unbridled, if not obsession, to complete tasks, goals, and plans no matter what the setback or obstacle. The concept of Grit has been around since the early 1800s and credited to William James for furthering the research in 1907 associated with this personality trait.

     

    Angela Duckworth, an assistant psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has spent numerous years researching this concept and developed a Grit Assessment. Duckworth defines Grit as, “sticking with things over the very long term until you master them." In a paper, she writes that "the gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or her advantage is stamina."

     

    Duckworth's research suggests that when it comes to high achievement, grit may be as essential as intelligence. That's a significant finding because for a long time, intelligence was considered the key to success.

     

    Take her Grit Assessment:

    12- Item Grit Scale

     

    Directions for taking the Grit Scale: Please respond to the following 12 items. Be honest – there are no right or wrong answers!

     

    1. I have overcome setbacks to conquer an important challenge.

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    2. New ideas and projects sometimes distract me from previous ones.*

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    3. My interests change from year to year.*

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    4. Setbacks don’t discourage me.

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    5. I have been obsessed with a certain idea or project for a short time but later lost interest.*

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    6. I am a hard worker.

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    7. I often set a goal but later choose to pursue a different one.*

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    8. I have difficulty maintaining my focus on projects that take more than a few months to complete.*

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    9. I finish whatever I begin.

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    10. I have achieved a goal that took years of work.

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    11. I become interested in new pursuits every few months.*

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    12. I am diligent.

    q Very much like me

    q Mostly like me

    q Somewhat like me

    q Not much like me

    q Not like me at all

     

     

    Scoring:

    1. For questions 1, 4, 6, 9, 10 and 12 assign the following points:

    5 = Very much like me

    4 = Mostly like me

    3 = Somewhat like me

    2 = Not much like me

    1 = Not like me at all

    2. For questions 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 11 assign the following points:

     

     

    1 = Very much like me

    2 = Mostly like me

    3 = Somewhat like me

    4 = Not much like me

    5 = Not like me at all

    Add up all the points and divide by 12. The maximum score on this scale is 5 (extremely gritty), and the lowest scale on this scale is 1 (not at all gritty).

     

     

    Duckworth, A.L., Peterson, C., Matthews, M.D., & Kelly, D.R. (2007). Grit: Perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 9, 1087-1101

     

  • 04 May 2015 12:00 PM | Roger Kitchen Jr

    What are the Top 5 leadership qualities you want in a leader? I bet Patience is not on the list. But, good leaders, if not great leaders, are patient. Intuitively, you know this is a true statement. Do you like impatient people? Ever worked for an impatient Supervisor? They are very frustrating. Think about it. If you or a business is impatient here is a list of negative consequences that happen as a result of impatience.

     

    1. Business strategies are executed too soon.

    2. Goals, ideas, and strategies are not thoroughly scrubbed, discussed, and analyzed deep enough.

    3. Leaders become ineffective listeners and have trouble receiving constructive criticism.

    4. Decisions are made too quickly and in silos without vetting them with a team.

     

    End result = Companies and teams fail.

     

    An Inc. Magazine article, Leadership: Power of Patience said this, “The business graveyard is filled with companies that didn't properly exercise patience. Expectations were out of line and leaders did too much, too soon. WebVan, a grocery delivery service in the 90s, moved too quickly to expand, and took on infrastructure and overhead at lightning speed.  The company ultimately collapsed under that weight. Last year, Netflix hastily announced the creation of a separate Qwikster DVD-by-mail service and lost 800,000 subscribers before it was even created.”

     

    Ever heard the saying, “Slow and steady wins the race”? There is a prevailing idea that the business world moves at light speed. If a leader or company doesn’t keep pace with technology, advancements in science, or the financial market, they could be swallowed or run over. But is that really true?

     

    Take today, your schedule, your life’s ambitions, your company’s goals/strategic plan and be patient. The extra time given to effective business analysis, critical and creative thinking, plus some good constructive criticism will lead your team or company to success. Don’t get impatient with the process. The process is exactly what you need to be successful. It creates patience.

  • 16 Apr 2015 6:37 PM | Roger Kitchen Jr

     

    A leadership skill that is rarely discussed is Endurance. What is endurance? Webster’s dictionary defines endurance as:

    • the ability to do something difficult for a long time
    • the ability to deal with pain or suffering that continues for a long time
    • the quality of continuing for a long time

    Think about a leader you admire. Think about a great leader in history. I bet he/she had endurance. I bet, it is safe to say, you are enduring a situation at work right now. Bad boss, lack of interesting work, crazy co-worker, misguided organizational goals and strategy, etc. etc. etc. I don’t know what your situation is at work, or maybe at home, but I challenge you to endure. Do not give up. Persevere through one more day.

     

    Here are a few tips to help you endure.

     

    1.       Take a day off and do something really fun.

     

    2.       Count your blessings. There are things that are good in your life. Focus on the good. It has tremendous physiological benefits to your body.

     

    3.       Exercise. Nothing crazy. Go for a walk. Do a push up. Walk some stairs. Go to the gym.

     

    4.       Go into your car, turn on your favorite song and sing it at the top of your lungs.

     

    5.       Disconnect yourself from the situation mentally and emotionally. Look at the big picture. Keep the end in mind. Keep focused on your personal strategy for success.

     

    6.       Talk to a friend, seek out a mentor, and get some advice and counsel from someone you trust.

     

    7.       Do something for someone else. Serve others. Send a card. Make a cake. Buy someone coffee.

     

    Great leaders have endurance. Lots of successful projects and goals are completed because of endurance. The breakthrough you seek in your situation may be just around the corner if you are willing to endure.

    Make 2015 Great!

    Roger

    Chapter President – ATD North Alabama
    @rogerkitchenjr.

  • 15 Apr 2015 6:32 AM | Roger Kitchen Jr

    Happy April everyone! I hope you are enjoying your Spring. Sports, hiking, family get-togethers, gardening, plus lots of sneezing for us allergy sufferers define this time of year. It is amazing to see how quickly nature turns itself around. Drab, dreary winter with little or no color moves quickly into Spring with lots of activity, flowers blooming, and sunny, blue skies.

     

    Your ATD – N. Alabama chapter is making the same, quick and vibrant transformation as we move further into 2015. Since my last letter we have added new Board members, hosted our first luncheon workshop, connected with new Strategic Partners/Sponsors, and scheduled more great Speakers that will benefit our membership greatly this year.

     

    I am pleased to welcome the following new Board Members:

    • Stef Whitlow – Membership Chair
    • Angela Walker – Director at Large
    • Fred Beck – Programs Chair

    We are still in need of a Treasurer and a Marketing/Communications Chair. If you are interested, please contact me at 256-698-6389 or rogerkitchen@bellsouth.net

     

    Here are some of our confirmed guest speakers for 2015.

    • June 16 – Joe Stuart, Curriculum and Instructional Design 101 – Is Training Really the Solution to Your Business Problem?
    • October 20 – Roger Kitchen Jr., Emotional Intelligence – Your Leadership Advantage
    • November 10 – Stef Whitlow, The Basics of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator – How Knowing Your Type and Your Co-workers’ Type Makes you a Better Team Member

    Lastly, I want to thank our Sponsors and Strategic Partners who are supporting ATD – North Alabama. Please visit our website to view their expertise and company information. http://www.atdnal.org/Strategic-Partners-and-Sponsors

    • Ms. Lane Fabby, President & CEO– Fabby Leadership Solutions Inc.
    • Ms. Donna Stone-Reed, President – FlowPoint Consulting Company
    • Dr. Joe Stuart, President - Stuart Training, Education, Evaluation and Development Site (STEEDS)

    Thank you for your continued support of our chapter and its activities. Without our members, we would not be successful. Later this month I will send to everyone on our contact list the results of our Annual Membership Chapter Survey. Remember, our mission at ATD – North Alabama is to provide leadership to individuals, organizations, and society to achieve work-related competence, performance, and fulfillment. This complements ATD's worldwide mission to "Create a world that works better".

     

    Making 2015 Great!

     

    Roger Kitchen Jr.
    rogerkitchen@bellsouth.net
    256-698-6389
    @rogerkitchenjr

  • 31 Mar 2015 9:04 AM | Roger Kitchen Jr

    I hope you are having a great day! Our Chapter is looking for Corporate Sponsors for our monthly Lunch and Learn events. Please click on the Sponsorship link to discover how becoming a Corporate Partner will benefit your company. We are looking forward to your sponsorship of our events and helping us Make 2015 Great!

     

    Thank you for your support,

    Roger Kitchen Jr.

    Chapter President

    rogerkitchen@bellsouth.net

    256-698-6389

    @rogerkitchenjr 

     

  • 30 Mar 2015 10:55 AM | Roger Kitchen Jr

    Please complete our Annual Membership Survey by clicking on the link below. The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete. We will use the information to improve our services to you, our members, and helping with our program planning for 2015-2016.

     

    Thank you!

     

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F8TPYSZ

     

    Thank you,

    Roger Kitchen Jr.

    Chapter President

    rogerkitchen@bellsouth.net

    @rogerkitchenjr 

  • 29 Mar 2015 6:50 AM | Roger Kitchen Jr

    Thank you for visiting our new website and reading this post. Our chapter is excited about 2015. We are putting together some great luncheon events that will inspire, encourage, and educate all who attend. Plus, we’ve started our chapter Strategic Planning for 2016.

    We are in the final stages of developing our annual membership survey which will be emailed to our members and friends very soon. The information we receive from the survey will help us with our planning, chapter operations, and communications for this year and 2016.

    Our luncheon events for this year will focus on several exciting topics which will include, “Workforce Development Skills needed for a Growing Business Sector” and “Leadership Skills for Public Education Professionals”. Please follow us on Twitter, “Like” our Facebook page, and join our LinkedIn group to get the latest chapter event information and news.

    We still have four large needs for 2015:

    •        Board Members – We have several open positions that need to be filled. Treasurer, Programs Chair, Membership Chair, Marketing/Communications Chair. Contact me for more information.

    •        Corporate Sponsors – We need Corporate Sponsors for our monthly luncheon events. Talk to your company today about sponsoring an event. We have several levels of Sponsorship. Please click on the Resources Tab of our website for more information.

    •        Members– Please encourage anyone you know to attend our events and become involved with our chapter.

    •        Advertisers– We need advertisers to for our website. It is a great, affordable avenue for businesses to promote themselves to our members and visitors. For an annual fee of $200, we will post your business, logo, information, and relevant photo(s) for everyone to see. Contact me for more information.

    Lastly, you are our greatest resource. Please talk to your colleagues and friends about ATDNAL and get them involved with us. Thank you for your support and all you do for ATD.

    Let’s make 2015 great!

    Roger Kitchen Jr.
    Chapter President
    rogerkitchen@bellsouth.net
    256-698-6389
    @rogerkitchenjr

     

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