Tapani Inc., one of the largest employers in Battle Ground, Wash., recently completed 10 Thursday evening training sessions at the Center Point Conference Center. Larry Dennis, Sr., founder of Turbo Leadership Systems, presented the training. His organization helps to build executive teams and develop leadership skills.
Tapani believes in equipping its staff with the skills necessary to do their jobs well. The Leadership Development Lab is one of the ways Tapani can accomplish this. Kevin Tapani, Vice President, said the class “takes you out of our comfort zone. The typical corporate hierarchy is removed during the class. It mixes project managers with foremen with superintendents. The class builds confidence.” According to Larry Dennis, the class gives insights on how to create “an engaged crew—a crew that cares.” Fifteen principals of leadership development are presented in an interactive environment over the 10 sessions. These skills can be carried over from the work environment into an individual’s personal life. “You learn how to be a thermostat instead of a thermometer,” said Dennis.
Jerome Sarkinen, a superintendent at Tapani who graduated from the class last year and assisted in teaching the class this year, also commented. He said, “We learn a lot about ourselves and to listen to other people. We learn to communicate more richly with fewer words.” This is the second year that Tapani and Turbo Leadership Systems have rented the Center Point Conference Center for the leadership training class. They appreciate the facility’s atmosphere. Sarkinen described Center Point as “accessible, professional and flexible.” Dennis added, “Center Point has a retreat feeling and is very accommodating. It cares about us.”