Maximize People Potential

APLS Group specializes in talent development, leadership enhancement, and human resources support. We provide personalized service designed to increase productivity, improve employee retention, and assist with business needs.

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Develop Talent that Dares to Lead

APLS Group ignites talent to step forward and embrace strategies that are applicable, collaborative, and forward thinking. Our client-centered services are present across diverse industries such as financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and technology.

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Become Leader of the Pack

APLS Group works with clients to target best-of-breed solutions that support desired business outcomes. Our programs build employee skill and competency to increase overall effectiveness and to promote leadership in the workplace.

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About Us

APLS Group

APLS Group is a leadership, HR, and talent development organization that specializes in designing and facilitating programs that enhance employee engagement and maximize retention. We are passionate about our work and strive to provide personalized service by uncovering the real issues affecting our clients’ productivity.

Why Choose Us?

We understand one size doesn't fit all

Our APPROACH is honest and direct. We are in the business of people development at the individual, group, and organizational levels. We value our clients and pride ourselves in providing the best strategies, quality programs, and cutting-edge products and services to support your organization’s needs.

We are PASSIONATE about our work and our client’s success. Our reward is helping each client grow, develop, and succeed.

The LEARNING community model is a critical component of our philosophy. Each person in the organization is “learning as they go” by taking risks, leaving their comfort zone, and engaging in ways of working that support the organization’s goals.

We STRIVE to create a strong partnership and implement the best personalized strategies to support and sustain your people-development needs. When you engage with us, you can rest assured that we will provide a complete professional service, from creation to implementation.

Latest News

  • APLS Group Now Offers Leadout Leadership Training Simulation!

    Looking for a fun, unique way to develop leadership knowledge and skill? Try Leadout: An Experience in Leadership®. Using a real-life business scenario, Leadout offers trainers a stimulating, time-tested, exceptional activity for developing leadership and building teams. Through the power of experiential learning, participants gain direct insight into high performance teamwork, try new leadership behaviors, and explore the... Read more ».... Read More

  • Questioning Along the Road to Innovation

    After reading Warren Berger’s article entitled The Power of ‘Why?’ and ‘What If?’ in the New York Times recently (July 3, 2016), I began to think about how businesses could benefit by creating a culture that encourages asking questions: End top-down thinking Stir the imagination of all employees to be innovative Discuss openly whether a... Read more ».... Read More

  • The Rise of Angry Advocates in the Workplace

    There is an angry tone bubbling at the workplace water cooler. Once a time to break away from work tasks and engage in sports talk, office gossip and mindless chatter, water cooler conversation has developed an edge. This is not surprising since we are fast approaching the eve of two contentious political party conventions on... Read more ».... Read More

  • APLS is Granted WBENC Certification once again

    APLS Group has received National Women’s Business Enterprise Certification from the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) once again! This yearly designation reflects APLS Group’s efforts to meet the standards established by the WBENC, affirming our company is “woman-owned, operated and controlled.” Congratulations to our President and CEO, Nanci Appleman-Vassil!.... Read More

  • Quiet the Generational Noise in the Workplace

    Business writers have published horror stories about the lack of cohesiveness in the global workplace due to the unprecedented reality of having four distinct generational groups in the workplace at one time. To add fuel to the fire, here comes Generation Z, making a fifth entry. If we are having mixed results with four generations... Read more ».... Read More

  • Create a Mindset of Building Giants

    Beyond reviewing resumes of recent college graduates, summer is not typically a time to focus on the potential long-term talent and training that can move your organization forward, but perhaps it’s worth consideration. I recently read two excellent books that I consider summer “must reads” for organizational leaders on the hunt for emerging leaders: Mindset:... Read more ».... Read More

  • The Value of Professional Coaching

    The word “coaching” immediately brings to mind athletes and sports, but then business discovered that the lessons of John Wooden, famed UCLA basketball coach, produced successful results whether on the court or in the boardroom. People need help getting the best out of the skill sets they already have within themselves. It is not the... Read more ».... Read More

  • Nanci joins the National Small Business Association's Leadership Council

    Nanci Appleman-Vassil has accepted an invitation from the National Small Business Association (NSBA) to serve on its Leadership Council where she will advocate for a variety of issues on behalf of small business owners. As a member of both the Health and Human Resources and Economic Development Committees, Appleman-Vassil will draw from her experience as... Read more ».... Read More

  • We Received Recertification Provider Status from SHRM

    APLS Group has successfully met the qualifications to be designated as a Recertification Provider with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). This certification allows APLS Group to award Professional Development Credits for its HR programming without pre-approval by SHRM for a two-year period, and it affirms that APLS Group delivers quality programs in the... Read more ».... Read More

  • Accreditation in Specialized Workplace Learning Solution

        PRESS RELEASE Contact Information: Tamara McCullcoch APLS Group 919-424-6339 [email protected] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Local Consultant Achieves Accreditation in Specialized Workplace Learning Solution Raleigh, NC – March 11, 2016 Nanci Appleman-Vassil of APLS Group has successfully completed the required coursework and examination for The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ Facilitator Accreditation. This two-year... Read more ».... Read More

  • Succession Planning and Employee Engagement

    Developing and sustaining a successful business is predicated on a few basic concepts, but one that often gets overlooked is the succession plan. Keeping true to the company mission, planning for expansion, sustaining employee losses and preparing for future leadership is the essence of succession planning. An integral piece of engaging employees is providing a... Read more ».... Read More

  • LearnNow: Flipped Classroom

      As the needs and demands of learners continue to evolve, organizations are increasingly looking for ways to maximize value, increase performance while decreasing time to productivity, and get the results they’re looking to achieve. In this highly interactive 1.5 day workshop, you will learn how the flipped classroom model can provide learners and their... Read more ».... Read More

  • The Power of Positive Images

    During Black History Month my eyes were opened by two exceptional African American females: Carole Boston Weatherford and Marley Dias. They are linked by a love for writing and a love for reading, but even more importantly, they both understand the value and influence of seeing one’s own resemblance in a book. As an African... Read more ».... Read More

  • Does Company Culture Contribute to Employee Engagement?

    Large organizations often turn a blind eye to the correlation between the importance of aligning employee engagement to company culture. The one size fits all approach to employee engagement tends to ignore company culture as a factor. To quote, Julia Roberts in the film Pretty Woman, “Big mistake”.  As a small business owner I keep... Read more ».... Read More

  • Developing Company Culture in a Small Business

    Company culture is the behavioral environment that drives your company. On the way to building a successful small business, consuming thoughts of product, services, locations, cash flow and customers devour an entrepreneur’s mind. Small business owners do not typically spend much time pondering the merits of developing an effective company culture, but maybe they should.... Read more ».... Read More

  • Eggs and Education Issues, North Carolina Style

    As a short-time North Carolina resident and a long-time educator, I was disheartened when I saw other states luring away our state’s teachers with the promise of better pay and more professional consideration. Back in the dark ages of the 1990’s when I was a classroom teacher in Colorado, North Carolina teachers were held in... Read more ».... Read More

  • Small Businesses Need an Onboarding System, Too

    Years ago when I developed the workshop “18 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make,” one mistake failed to make the list: not establishing an onboarding system. I addressed the importance of taking an idea to the marketplace, securing cash reserves, finding the right location, and using effective communication among other topics, and I still stand... Read more ».... Read More

  • Every Student Succeeds

    The latest effort to “fix” public education arrived on the scene December 10, 2015, when President Obama signed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). President Johnson signed The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as an attempt to ensure that every child had access to an education. In 2002, George W. Bush... Read more ».... Read More

  • Kindness is an All-Year Action

    As my flight was landing at RDU Airport a few weeks ago, I was moved by the pilot’s unexpected parting message to the passengers: “Be kind to one another.” Our world is so volatile and “me centered” these days that kindness seems to be an elusive action. I suspect the pilot’s words were appropriately suitable... Read more ».... Read More

  • Don’t Talk about Team building, Experience It

    My colleagues and I are often brought into corporations to do team building. Whether the audience is executive management or employees that work on the manufacturing line, the purpose for hiring my organization is to help teams strategize how to be more cohesive and productive. Early in my career it was theory, structure and small... Read more ».... Read More

  • Celebrating 15 years!

    APLS Group is thrilled to celebrate 15 years of providing training and coaching services to organizations and individuals worldwide!     We marked the occasion with a huge party on July 10th at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.  Clients, partners, vendors and other special guests joined us for an evening of food, fun and... Read more ».... Read More

  • Will Onboarding replace Orientation for New Hires?

    What's the onboarding process for your business or start-up? Let the APLS Group help you today. .... Read More

  • Nanci receives Distinguished CSP Award

    Nanci Appleman-Vassil received distinguished CSP award at the National Speaker Association 2014 Convention on June 29th..... Read More

  • NSA Carolinas Highlights Nanci as New Member

    The National Speakers Association – Carolinas Chapter welcomed Nanci Appleman-Vassil as a new member and new Certified Speaker Professional. Nanci Appleman-Vassil – New Chapter Member and New CPS.... Read More

  • APLS is now HUB Certified in NC

    PRESS RELEASE APLS Group is proud to announce that we have been granted HUB (Historically Underutilized Business) Certification from the State of North Carolina, effective March 19th, 2014. Apple Park Learning Solutions, Inc.  (DBA APLS Group) is a woman-owned S Corporation established on July 1st, 2000.   As the founder, President/Chief Learning Officer of APLS Group,... Read more ».... Read More

  • 'Tis the Season to be Jolly, But be Careful in the Workplace

    At this time of year it would be prudent to provide employees with a refresher course in office party etiquette. For many organizations the end of the year marks a time when spirits are high, the fiscal year is at a close, and celebrations are frequent. If the company has had a good year, congratulations,... Read more ».... Read More

  • APLS Group to Attend NC SHRM State Conference

    We are proud to announce that we will be exhibiting for the 4th year at the North Carolina SHRM State Conference September 27 to 29, 2017. We will be making connections and sharing our thoughts of what the Human Resources field has coming for it in 2018. The event is located at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro,... Read more ».... Read More

  • The 90/10 Rule for Successful Organizations

    Join Nanci at the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce monthly Talent Strategies Workshop where she will be presenting “The 90/10 Rule for Successful Organizations.” Workshop Overview: As a leader, do you inspire and motivate others to get the work done, or do you put all your energy into the mechanics of the tasks and not the people?... Read more ».... Read More

  • Nanci’s Presenting at Raleigh SCORE!

    If you’re a new small business owner in the Triangle area, you won’t want want to miss 18 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make presented by our own Nanci Appleman-Vassil on May 4. Sponsored by Raleigh SCORE, this free workshop helps you identify the mistakes that can impact your success. You’ll learn tools and tips to get your... Read more ».... Read More

  • Future Leaders Golf Classic

        Please join us for our inaugural golf tournament benefiting Learning Illumination Center, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit offering free workshops for middle school and high school student-athletes and their parents on college/career planning, life choices and the importance of academics in athletics. Saturday, July 22, 2017 9:30 am Registration; 10:30 am Shotgun Start Carolina... Read more ».... Read More

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