Category Archives: Management

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Eight Steps For Building A Great Reputation And Influencing Perceptions

The following Eight fundamental practices provide a key strategy in managing perception and developing a great reputation with your friends, family and business associates. While they are listed in sequential order, as an individual you will find yourself constantly moving back and forth among the elements as you work to build your reputation and influence the perception others have of you.

1. Build Relationships:

The relationships of “all” individuals within any human endeavor, is absolutely essential for success to happen, be they: husband – wife, parent – child, teacher – student, leader – follower, or coach – player. 
Evidence of a “healthy relationship” is that the relationship is challenging, honest, trusting, supportive, and that all issues can be worked through successfully

2. Model The Way:

You cast a long shadow of influence; others will listen to your talk, but watch your walk. You must constantly be building in a positive manner your “perception capital” and your “reputation capital.”

3. Listen To Your Friends:

You were born with two ears and one mouth – use them accordingly. 
You must listen with your whole being. To listen effectively you must ignore your own needs and concentrate your attention on the person speaking.

4. Challenge Your Friends:

Challenge your friends to do things and go to places they have never been before. You can help them open up to a bigger worldview. Challenge your friends to be open to change.

5. Inspire Your Friends

Inspiring your friends most always begins with a vision. A vision is about possibilities; it’s about the future. Successful people I have interviewed or known personally have at one time or another imagined a “significant” future. A vision acts like true north on a compass. It points the way to a specific destination.  Aristotle stated, “A vivid imagination (vision) compels the whole body to obey It.”

6. Enable Your Friends

Help him or her describe in their own words and their own descriptive thoughts, what it will take for them to enable their own future. You need to challenge others to truly think…so they can discover and take responsibility for their own vision of their possible future.

7. Dialogue With Your Friends:

To be meaningful and transformational, the discussions held between you and your friends must go beyond a simple conversation and enter the world of dialogue. The dialogue must involve insightful thinking about the world of work and include the non-business, social, family and personal world of your friends. People do not live in one world or another; their life is affected by the whole.

8. Value The Journey:

I once saw an advertisement that stated, “Having fun is serious business.” Being a person who is perceived to have a good reputation is serious business; however, it can and should be both enjoyable and fun. Some motivational speakers speak to the potential of living one’s dreams. When it comes to enjoying and having fun in your work and play I would speak to living one’s passion.


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Success Stories

Success Stories from Clients

“Ingbretsen Consulting LLC has the great capacity to clearly define the issues, work effectively to develop consensus on the strategies and orchestrate the solutions required for success. The diligence, passion, and workforce knowledge Ingbretsen Consulting LLC demonstrates through clear and concise insight is exceptional.

The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council is now focusing its energy on the areas that will have the biggest impact on the council’s ability to enhance the workforce of our community thanks to the efforts of Ingbretsen Consulting LLC.”

Steve Dahlstrom
President and CEO of the Spokane Teachers Credit Union,  and Chairman of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council

 “Ingbretsen Consulting LLC’s, experience, insight and candor were instrumental in helping our community understand its current manufacturing workforce needs and take the steps necessary for future success. Equally important was the skillful handling of engaging all stakeholders in the process of both defining the workforce issues and developing and implementing sound recommendations. Ingbretsen Consulting LLC brings enthusiasm, responsiveness, focus and professional expertise to bear when solving the client’s needs.”

Rich Hadley
Former President and CEO of Greater Spokane Inc. 

 With Roger’s help, our organization raised the performance bar and raised the skills of all of us who occupy a leadership role. His contribution now forms the foundation of the enlightened leadership with which we lead ourselves and others. His impact on the success of the company has been positively felt and will be for years to come.

LeRoy Nosbaum
Past Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Itron, Inc.

 Through Roger’s coaching and leadership development process I acquired a better understanding of my strengths and how to capitalize on them. The eye opening experience improved my sense of confidence and I am now thinking more strategically. A wonderful experience!

Roberta A. Brooke
Former Executive Director International Trade Alliance

 Roger’s work with the senior staff at the Spokane Symphony was a big boost to the executive and supervisory effectiveness which we all discovered were needed. None of us had received much formal training when we were promoted to key positions. Roger’s experience, publications, and patient personal approach helped our effectiveness a great deal.

John Hancock
Spokane Symphony recent past Executive Director

 Roger is helping our organization raise the bar in growing an organizational culture of leadership and accountability. Although we are in the early phases of our work with him, we have already seen a solid return on investment. Roger has tremendous passion and knowledge about leadership and the ability to effectively share this with others. Now the leaders he has worked with are passing this same knowledge and passion on to others.

Tom Fritz
Former Chief Executive Officer for Inland Northwest Health Services

 Roger Ingbretsen has helped Cascade Windows using his leadership development programs which are based on practical application and his wealth of personal knowledge. Roger’s current research into the issues that are impacting workforce availability and readiness will assist us in creating career opportunities that attract and retain the best workforce. His innovative approach that combines past experience and futuristic design will position employers for success in the recruiting manufacturing talent. These approaches which are based on current research will be essential for any company wishing to compete successfully in our global economy.

Garman E. Lutz
Past Exec VP & CFO Cascade Windows

Roger’s extensive background and desire to raise leadership awareness and help those in front-line management positions was clearly demonstrated when conducting a series of twelve management workshops at our facility. His understanding and flexibility of working around manufacturing schedules was exceptional. His “real-world – “real-time” understanding of leadership principles and application are right on point.

Randy Quintero
Director, Human Resources Huntwood Industries

 Ingbretsen Consulting LLC provided a very insightful workforce assessment study with recommendations for talent shortage issues in both the Healthcare and Manufacturing sectors of our region. His assessment methods are sound and his recommendations well thought-out and clearly presented. His knowledge and understanding of workforce issues are exceptional.”

Stephanie McKinney
President/CEO Greater Flagstaff Economic Council

 Because of executive coaching confidentiality agreements the following endorsements are offered; but without name association:

  1. Roger has a coaching style that best serves the participant. He has a keen understanding and rich information library of the issues and opportunities, which growth oriented people can tap into. With his coaching, I discovered new ways to view and analyze my strengths and competencies related to personal and professional development.

  2. After twenty years in management, the last ten in executive management, I thought I had all the tools and had faced all the issues. I was wrong. The Leadership Coaching Development Experience helped me look at myself differently, ask new questions and provided me with some innovative tools and thinking. I found myself using this newly discovered knowledge from the very beginning of the program.

  3. Rogers’s leadership development process helped me change the way I viewed my organization. I now have a better understanding on what I should be concerned about and how to more effectively communicate with my group. The leadership development process also provided me better insight on how to detect problems, seize opportunities and take advantage of early wins in innovative thinking.

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Workforce Development

Workforce Talent and Development

When given the right attention and investment, People, and what they bring to an organization or a community, are an asset that appreciates over time. If we don’t invest in people we put in peril the global leadership America currently enjoys. If you don’t invest in your own development your earning power will not reach its full potential.

Now, faster than most imagined, a confluence of social, economic, but most of all technological forces are bringing a new twist to the world of work. We are entering the age of a Knowledge-based workplace where each person is becoming a “business of one.”

With over twenty-five years of research and direct workforce involvement, Ingbretsen Consulting LLC is prepared to show you how to effectively react to thechanging workplace environment. We can help you, your organization, or your communities, understand, assess and recommend action steps that can be taken to deal with the growing problem of workforce talent development.

As a coach, I work with “you the individual,” so you can have the impact you need to be more successful and satisfied in your career. As a writer, I provide real-world proven information you can apply immediately.

Ingbretsen consulting accomplishes in-depth analysis, which results indeliverables that are action driven to improve the individual, the workplace and the workforce.

If you need expertise in career issues, workforce skills panels, workforce gap analysis, workforce development council initiatives or training of front-line supervisors/managers, contact Ingbretsen Consulting LLC.

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