Do it Best Corp. has concluded a week-long intensive leadership training development program for select managers and leaders from its member-owned stores across the United States.
The inaugural Leadership Development Institute (LDI) took place Nov. 12-15 at the co-op’s Fort Wayne, Ind., world headquarters for 23 participants. Do it Best Corp. created the program to enhance manager responsiveness to the needs of employees and customers, thus improving leadership 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 Jay Brown, vice president of sales and business development. “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 the program featured thematic content about self, team and business, and culminated in the development and presentation of a strategic plan to peers. Several key Do it Best Corp. leaders shared their leadership insights during LDI, including Bob Taylor, president and CEO; Dan Starr, executive vice president and COO; Mike Altendorf, vice president of IT; and Brown.
Several outside leadership development experts also 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.
“LDI has been an outstanding experience,” said Justin Ellis, manager of two Builders Do it Centers in New Mexico. “This program has helped me develop the tools our business needs to close the gap between vision and results.”
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