"The foundation of a successful business is built on many things, including highly effective leadership. Alexandria Extrusion Company has always provided leadership training, but we felt a need to take a more strategic approach to how we select, train, coach and develop our leaders.
We worked closely with The Competitive Edge to identify our leadership competencies. We were then able to develop a model that allowed us to create and implement leadership development strategies that include leadership competency assessments, individual and group development plans, and customized leadership training programs. Our model also includes performance management, leadership selection tools and succession planning.
The Competitive Edge is a true business partner for us for two reasons; they have proven success in leadership development and they understand our business and our culture. Our customized leadership develop program is linked to our long term vision and strategies, and will keep us focused to drive business results."
Director of Organizational Development
"At Knute Nelson, we believe leadership training is a vital component to equipping our staff with relevant tips and tools that help to foster effective teams. As a result, we are able to accomplish greater outcomes for the benefit of those we serve.
The trainings provided by the Competitive Edge included both educational and hands-on components, which enhance the participant’s experience and practical retention of knowledge. In an ever-changing business environment, training like this is essential."
Director of Human Resources
"We worked with The Competitive Edge to define our leadership competencies and then develop our leaders specifically in those areas to achieve company goals. The Competitive Edge provided comprehensive training that fueled our leaders’ abilities even in the toughest of times that of change as our company spent 12 months in an acquisition phase before the merger closed. Without a doubt, The Competitive Edge played a vital role not only in the company’s success, but also that of our employees who lead with confidence and skill."
Former President & CEO
Rural Cellular Corporation
"As a result of leadership development training from The Competitive Edge, our management team has come to know each other much better, know the business better and know how to accomplish the objectives of our business plan. We are more focused on projects and tasks and getting things done that are aligned with our business needs.
The Competitive Edge not only gets to know your business well enough to develop great training modules, they also make sure that there is follow through to ensure that what has been learned is used to make the business stronger."
Human Resources Manager
“The Competitive Edge is an integral part of our leadership development planning and execution process. Their extensive knowledge and experience in all facets of leadership development, understanding of our business & company culture, and commitment to excellence enables them to provide customized training that always hits the mark.
Their outstanding delivery gets people at all levels excited about really learning and even more importantly her approach helps people apply what they have learned to get results! It’s truly a pleasure to work with The Competitive Edge.”
Vice President of Manufacturing
Douglas Machine Inc.
"Vicki and her team have been tremendously effective in providing us with training and development programs that are entirely tailored to meet our needs!"
"The Competitive Edge is not a cookie-cutter training provider. They take the time to listen, to understand your specific needs, and work quickly to put together an effective program tailored to meet the exact needs of the business. Becoming associated with Vicki and her team has been the BEST investment my department has made!"
"The Competitive Edge is an absolutely worth-while, money-well-spent, investment!"
Teryl A. Magaard
Employee Education Manager
Douglas Machine Inc.
"RCC has partnered with The Competitive Edge for several years in our Company's leadership development and it has been a phenomenal relationship! We think of Vicki as part of the RCC family. Through her programs, our employees have grown both personally and professionally and we hear comments from them that they have been life changing. Vicki's presentations are effective, organized, and enthusiastic and enfolded with her personality, integrity, and ethics. Without a doubt, the leadership development programs have contributed to RCC's employee satisfaction, financial performance and the successful execution of our business strategy."
Vice President, Human Resources
Rural Cellular Corporation/Unicel
"We have used a number of different consultants for our strategic planning process. Vicki and her organization are by far the most competent, efficient, effective and interesting. We have never worked with anyone who has worked harder to understand our organization which is absolutely essential in the strategic planning process.
Vicki has the ability to take varying ideas and bring commonality and agreement within a diverse group. She does it in a way that is engaging, entertaining and comfortable."
Alexandria Extrusion Company
"Having The Competitive Edge as our business partner absolutely makes us the best we can be."
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