Testimonials

"I think that this was one of the few training courses that I have walked away with an action plan to implement some of the learning's in my day to day behavior." - Deanne Lewison // QTG [Quaker] Canada Read More

I really enjoyed the session. I think that this was one of the few training courses that I have walked away with an action plan to implement some of the learning’s in my day to day behavior. I have used the action plan by putting objectives and measures into my performance review. I firmly believe that you do not need to be in a leadership role, i.e. manager, to take on leadership qualities. I am focusing on developing these qualities in my day to day activities with my team… The information is great, as is the instructor. He really breaks the material into components that are easily understood and universally applicable.

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"The practical delivery and tools provided me with a quick win." - Ben Banman // Best Buy Canada Read More

Both topics were very timely with current activities at my workplace. The practical delivery and tools provided me with a quick win. Great materials. Well worth four hours.

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"Lots of new ideas and concepts that I can take back to my team and use right away." - Miriam Libin // Senior Marketing Manager, TELUS Read More

Very good material, both in terms of what was covered as well as the take-aways. I will get very good use of your materials. It won’t gather any dust on my shelf. Lots of new ideas and concepts that I can take back to my team and use right away.

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"I particularly appreciated the variety of theories rather than just one approach." - Kehl Petersen // Change Management Consultant, TELUS Read More

The workshop was a tight package of good research, worksite examples, and individual change / improvement mechanisms. I particularly appreciated the variety of theories rather than just one approach. Good context mapping for how the workshop fit with the overall program. [I also liked] the facilitator’s style and knowledge.

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"The afternoon on discussing Team Charters was excellent." - Engagement Participant // Acculogix Read More

The afternoon on discussing Team Charters was excellent. I think we all did great at expressing what we wanted from it. I’m looking forward to developing it further and making them a part of our everyday business practice. It’s great to be able to spend time debating and discussing with each other. We don’t find a lot of time normally.

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"I’m excited with the tools we learned on facilitation. " - Engagement Participant // Acculogix Read More

I’m excited with the tools we learned on facilitation. The check-list is really good, and with the Quick Meetings, this will be a great opportunity to use the tools Joel gave us. I am going to use some of the points this week, with my dept meeting.  I will make a point of going over the workbook again really soon, as to not lose any of the great information.

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"I am looking forward to reviewing with my supervisors so I we can all take value from the workshop." - Engagement Participant | Acculogix Read More

Great, enjoyed this, learned a huge amount of information that I will be applying to my departments. I am looking forward to reviewing with my supervisors so I we can all take value from the workshop. I found Joel to be a great facilitator and that our venue allowed us uninterrupted time. In particular the facilitation wheel and the four basic rules of involvement.

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"Definitely we hit the ball out of the park! " - Brent Wright // General Manager, Acculogix Distribution Services Read More

Definitely we hit the ball out of the park! For the coming months I will still be getting mileage out of [the] project. You may be happy to hear that Team Charters have been adopted throughout the facility and [based on] the Professionalism “quick meetings” work you completed…I facilitated a “Soaring with Professionalism” workshop for all 180 personnel over eight 90-minute sessions during an 8 week period. We are seeing some great things from this and in fact had a record productivity in our Q1.

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"Extremely effective presentation skills. Best I have seen at a HRMA workshop. Thank you." - Engagement Participant // HRMA

"I like the fact that I have a manual of great ideas I can reference." - Engagement Participant // Manager, Apache Read More

Excellent instructor, excellent engagement, practical ways to address issues, learning by doing / role playing / practicing. Love the tools! I like the fact that I have a manual of great ideas I can reference.

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"I have found myself applying your techniques just about every day in some form or another." - Chris Jones // Production Specialist, Apache Corporation Read More

Awesome course. I have found myself applying your techniques just about every day in some form or another. I will continue to use your tools and reference the course guidelines to continuously improve on my communication skills and working with others as a team to achieve “well above” marginal results in my daily life and Apache Corporation too. Thanks again, I really enjoyed the seminar as well as your delivery. [And from Chris’s internal letter to his manager:] The training course was phenomenal and I was able to take away valuable tools that can be used for the career oriented benefit for which the course is designed as well as applying the tools to everyday life situations. Apache has spent their time and money well on Joel Shapiro. I appreciate the opportunity to have attended this awesome course and hope to utilize the tools and reference them to continually raise the bar on my performance in the years to come.

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"Joel is a true partner in developing and delivering managerial training that is pragmatic and fits the culture of Apache Corporation." - Mark Forbes // HR North America, Apache Corporation Read More

Joel Shapiro has provided development consulting to Apache over the last several years; first in Canada, then to the United States and later this year in the United Kingdom. The phrase may be cliché, yet Joel is a true partner in developing and delivering managerial training that is pragmatic and fits the culture of Apache Corporation. Initially, Apache framed our practical, foundational objectives with Joel and then later worked with his model to refine the training for the specific regions and audiences to which the courses were targeted. Initially he created and delivered two programs in Calgary, Canada and now he provides customized management training to our employees across the globe. Obviously we value his work and approach!

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"The exercises we did in class can be used in my work immediately." - Patty Lowe // CGA coaching workshop attendee

"The course and content were fabulous and it is, so far, the best CGA course that I have attended." - Kim Wilson-McCreath // C.G.A, Controller, Jean Larrivee Guitars Ltd.

"Joel’s skills, knowledge, and leadership development workshops and tools would benefit any organization in the development of their employees and managers." - Chris Brann // Director of Logistics, NewsWest Read More

Joel’s skills, knowledge, and leadership development workshops and tools would benefit any organization in the development of their employees and managers. Joel is committed to helping others learn and grow in the workplace—he has certainly helped me and many of my colleagues.

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"...the extra effort on the fundamentals you provided has generated considerable self-realization, skill development, and professional success for me." - Steve Rosling // VP Marketing, Ncompass Read More

I appreciate the fact that your programs go beyond mere “training” to a more comprehensive learning and development. Recognizing that the course material (as with life) is what you make of it, the extra effort on the fundamentals you provided has generated considerable self-realization, skill development, and professional success for me… Understanding myself, my strengths, and my weaknesses has contributed to my personal development in an immeasurable way. Your course offerings force a “self-measurement” which translates into focused learning on how to bring value to what you do… Thanks again for your flexibility in making your course material fit our needs.

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"Joel Shapiro and his team have enabled me to build important skills that were immediately transferable to the real world." - Glenn Black // National Account Manager, NewsWest Read More

Joel Shapiro and his team have enabled me to build important skills that were immediately transferable to the real world. I liked the use of stories and real life examples to drive relevant points home. I strongly recommend Advanture’s leadership development programs. They have provided my teams with many useful ideas, skills and tools to help us grow as managers and leaders, and to help us build our business.

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"I believe Joel’s development programs have helped me grow both personally and professionally throughout my career path..." - John Carmichael // Vice President Sales, NewsWest Read More

I have been fortunate to participate in several learning programs designed and facilitated by Joel Shapiro in his capacity as Director of Learning & Change at NewsWest… Throughout these programs we created good ideas with impact, and more importantly we learned to share these ideas throughout our organization, which delivered mission critical results! Joel provides a very positive and safe learning environment… On a personal note I believe Joel’s development programs have helped me grow both personally and professionally throughout my career path at NewsWest.

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"I cannot tell you how impressed I am." - Dale Bumstead // Vice-President, ICBC Read More

Thank you very much for the report. I have read it a couple of times now and am still digesting all of the information and suggestions you have provided to me. It is very good and I certainly appreciate the expertise and knowledge you have shared with me. It is honestly more than I expected and certainly has already got me wanting to get more done than I think is possible in one year. I guess that is the beauty of what we get to do every day… Thank you again, I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the content.

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"Thanks for inspiring me." - Gregg Brown // Providence Health Care Read More

I have to tell you how impressed I am with your materials, presentation and research… Thanks for inspiring me.

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