Future Leaders Golf Classic

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    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 »

Questioning Along the Road to Innovation

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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 »

The Rise of Angry Advocates in the Workplace

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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 »

APLS is Granted WBENC Certification once again

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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!

Quiet the Generational Noise in the Workplace

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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 »

Create a Mindset of Building Giants

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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 »

The Value of Professional Coaching

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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 »

Nanci joins the National Small Business Association's Leadership Council

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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 »

We Received Recertification Provider Status from SHRM

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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 »

Accreditation in Specialized Workplace Learning Solution

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    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 »

Succession Planning and Employee Engagement

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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 »

LearnNow: Flipped Classroom

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  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 »

The Power of Positive Images

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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 »

Developing Company Culture in a Small Business

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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 »

Raleigh Educational Help

Eggs and Education Issues, North Carolina Style

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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 »

Small Businesses Need an Onboarding System, Too

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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 »

Every Student Succeeds

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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 »

Kindness is an All-Year Action

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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 »

Don’t Talk about Team building, Experience It

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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 »

Celebrating 15 years!

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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 »

APLS is now HUB Certified in NC

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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 »

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

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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 »

Nanci’s Presenting at Raleigh SCORE!

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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 »

Making the Academic-Athletic Connection

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To become a successful college student-athlete, the most effective preparation begins in middle school. As eighth graders across the country begin to make high school course selections, parents need to pay close attention to the courses their students are selecting. The transition from eighth grade to high school is critical for student-athletes because the courses… Read more »