News release from Do it Best Corp.:
Do it Best Corp. Hosts Leadership Development Institute for Members
(November 18, 2013) – Do it Best Corp. concluded a week-long, intensive leadership training development program for a selected group of managers and leaders from among its member-owned stores across the United States.
The co-op held its inaugural Leadership Development Institute (LDI) November 12-15, 2013, at its Fort Wayne, Indiana, world headquarters for 23 attendees. Do it Best Corp. created the LDI to help managers be even more responsive to the needs of their employees and their customers and, as a result, more successful overall as leaders 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 Do it Best Corp. Vice President of Sales and Business Development Jay Brown. “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 LDI each featured content centered on a specific theme – Self, Team and Business – all of which culminated with each participant developing and presenting to their peers their strategic plans on the Institute’s fourth and final day. Several key Do it Best Corp. leaders shared their leadership insights during LDI, including President and CEO Bob Taylor; Executive Vice President and COO Dan Starr; Vice President of Information Technology Mike Altendorf; and Jay Brown.
In addition, several outside leadership development experts 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.”
About Do it Best Corp.
Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., Do it Best Corp. is the only U.S.-based, member-owned comprehensive and fully integrated hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.8 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving more than 3,800 member-owned locations in the United States and in 53 foreign countries.