We started with Steve and his team at ILS about three years ago with their Architecture of Leadership experience for senior leaders, managers and supervisors. Since that time, we have expanded our work with them to include: executive coaching, Crucial Conversations for leaders, and their Transformation to Excellence culture model. We have been thrilled with the results. Business is about people and relationships. ILS goes beyond theory and teaches practical application to improve your company's culture and business results. I highly recommend Steve and his team at ILS.
Mark Lasky, CEO
- 2013 Finalist for American Metal Markets Scrap Company of the Year
Sadoff Iron & Metal Company
Fond du Lac, WI
Steve Kuper creates an atmosphere of trust that encourages open and honest discussion. He allows conversations to develop that meet the needs of his audience without losing sight of stated objectives. He's passionate and connects with people in a way that allows them to share their true feelings without fear. As a result, whether he's facilitating a group of managers or coaching an executive one-on-one, Steve gets results. His experience and expertise combined with his unique approach make him the benchmark for excellence in his industry.
John Schmidt, President & CEO
Steve Kuper and his team at ILS have helped take WOW Logistics to the next level. They worked with the executive team so we are in alignment towards achieving the company's strategic goals. They worked with our entire leadership team on strategic planning and leadership skills training. And they are helping WOW transform the company culture into one of employee engagement and accountability for results. With the help of ILS, WOW is on the path of going from good to Great!
Matt Oswald, Executive Vice President
WOW Logistics Company
"The Andis Company values excellence, integrity and respect. Because of that, when looking for opportunities to develop our leadership, we chose to partner with Innovative Learning Strategies, a consulting firm that shares our values. Steve and his team from ILS are working with us to build a solid foundation as we seek to create a corporate culture that will position us for long term success."
Matthew K. Andis, President
"Steve Kuper is an integral part of the leadership training that we offer through Leadership AGC. His enthusiasm for helping individuals reach their full potential as leaders is apparent. The participants give very positive feedback on the programs that he facilitates. He has been a part of our leadership program since the inception and every year we increase the amount he contributes."
Laura Cataldo, Director of Marketing & Public Relations
AGC: Associated General Contractors of WI
"Steve recently facilitated our staff leadership retreat, producing an experience that was well planned with engaging, thought provoking activities that were fun, interesting and revealing. Our entire staff was engaged through out the 2 day session as Steve quickly built a rapport with all of our participants. Steve's personal passion and emotion for his work is evident and adds to his effectiveness. Our staff was energized and excited about their jobs and can't wait to put their new ideas to work in their professional and personal lives!"
Fred Hauser, President/CEO
YMCA of the Fox Cities
Appleton, Neenah and Menasha
"I've had the pleasure to work with Steve Kuper for the last couple of years. During this time he has helped us greatly during a difficult turnaround and restructuring of AIA. His insights into organizational development, team building, and creating a new corporate culture have been outstanding. He combines theoretical knowledge with a wonderful grasp of the practical, for a very effective approach to problem solving. I would say all of our 60 employees see Steve as a outstanding resource, and he has become a very important part of our team. The fact he is located right here in the Fox Valley is an additional benefit! I would recommend Steve highly to any company or organization seeking to maximize the effectiveness of it's people!"
David Woods, MAS, President and CEO
Adventures in Advertising Corporation
"With First Line Manager training a top priority, we wanted to select a consultant who would help to reinforce that training in the classroom is only a small part of the learning and practice that needs to take place. Steve did an excellent job of not only facilitating the content, but in applying all of the new learning concepts back to their manager roles. Steve Kuper has a wealth of real life examples that he uses in the learning process. This was a pilot project for us, and with Steve's help, it was a huge success. We will continue the relationship with Innovative Learning Strategies for our 2008 First Line Managers Training Series."
Karen Lutz, Director Human Resources Development
SCA Personal Care
Germany and North America
"Innovative Learning Strategies is such an appropriate name for this organization. Steve and his team have been one of the more innovative partners I've come across. Their approach to analysis, planning and delivery has been refreshing, thoughtful and impactful to the many people they've engaged within Affinity Health System. Thanks for your help and leadership...you're a great source of learning."
Vince Gallucci, Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer
Affinity Health System
"Engaging...Competent... Effective! And a pleasure to work with!"
Robert L. Keller, President/CEO
J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
"Your company's title encapsulates our experience of working with Steve and Innovative Learning Strategies. During our recent supervisory training on recognizing and motivating employees, Steve shared new, innovative information and research about an old subject and captured the attention of our audience, including veteran and new supervisors. Steve's dynamic style and adult learning techniques kept the participants engaged, all while they learned invaluable information. We certainly plan to bring Steve back to our organization for future training."
Melody Lewis, Staff Development and Training Coordinator
City of Appleton
"Steve Kuper is an inspirational and motivating trainer. He not only teaches the information and knowledge for leadership, but he motivates leaders to make a positive change in their behavior. His ability to customize his training programs to our type of business really helps our leaders apply the lessons learned. Our leaders go through a great deal of management training, but they are still always excited for class when Steve Kuper will be there."
Dan Van Daalwk, Senior Vice President
West Business Services
"Steve Kuper is a true leader. As a facilitator for Kimberly-Clark's Diversity Leadership Forum, he captured the full essence of the topic, offering the strength necessary to help others express their views and ideas."
Tom Van Den Bogart, Senior Research Scientist
"Innovative Learning Strategies has been a successful training partner for Bassett as we pursue leadership development and succession planning for our company. Our employees have been very receptive and have commented that it has been some of the best training ever in their careers. We look forward to future sessions to continue this positive momentum."
Patty Van Ryzin, Human Resources Director
"When asked, "What did you like best about today's session?" the following comments where given: "You kept us moving-had some fun things that broke it up by not just having to listen." "I will be a better foreman as a result of the skills taught in this class." "The participant guide was helpful and the visuals were great." "Interaction" "Good learning atmosphere" "Talking about communication skills, how important it really is" "Hands on exercises and group discussions in a 'laid-back' pressure free way" "Wasn't what I expected and that made it a fun, great experience"
HVAC Field Service, Sheet Metal Training & Refrigeration Foremen
"Innovative Learning Strategies supported our supervisor and manager training initiatives in providing high-quality facilitation and instruction. ILS raised the bar of learning for our program. Now managers and supervisors request ILS training. I can honestly say ILS contributed to the overall success of our program."
Jeff Greenman, Safety Management Systems-Inflight Service
"Steve Kuper is a truly talented facilitator. He recently conducted a workshop called "Developing Teams with Multiple Personalities" as part of the Cardinal Stritch University Leadership Center workshop series. He fostered an engaging environment that balanced learning, sharing, and fun. He was very in tune with participants' needs and attended to differing personalities and learning styles. I look forward to a continued relationship with Innovative Learning Strategies!"
Angela McCullough, Program Coordinator
Cardinal Stritch University Leadership Center
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