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Datanet team gets a grip in jackson hole

By October 25, 2004No Comments



In October 2004 Mandy Parent, Director of Marketing for Data Net Solutions, attended the CFMA Incoming Chapter President Leadership Retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was there that she gained exposure to the models, methods and tools that Grand Dynamics has to offer. In February, 2005, Mandy returned with the Data Net executive team.

The San Diego based network solutions provider engaged in a pre-retreat team assessment and interview with program manager and Grand Dynamics President Tim Walther. As a team in transition, the focus of the retreat was on strategic planning, management skills and building the Data Net Team. Over three days the team engaged in intensive team development, skill building and critical business development facilitation.



The team embraced a variety of individual, team and organizational improvement models, including GRIP and SMART. The GRIP method lays out a process for clarifying and executing Goals, Roles, Interpersonal Interactions and Process Efficiency within a team, and is then translated throughout the organization. This model is interwoven with goals that are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic and Timely. Other program areas included the DiSC personal profile system, the Erickson Storyboard and conflict resolution strategies.

Here is one post-retreat comment by Director of Sales Ned Berry.



“Tim, Just a quick note to tell you how grateful I am for the opportunity to have participated with our team this weekend. You are a dynamic, talented, and articulate facilitator. Through the years I have participated in many, many, seminars, etc. and this was by far the most action oriented and beneficial I have ever attended. In fact, it is hands down the best. Just so you know, some of the people I’ve been with are the likes of, Norman Vincent Peale, Judge and Zig Ziglar, Tom Hopkins, and W. Clement Stone, so you are in prestigious company. I am very impressed with your tenacity, ability to listen, and ability to discern where we needed to go.

I’m confident and optimistic, that our team can carry the principles we learned into our workplace and improve Data Net in a multitude of ways. Again, thank you very much. Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!”

The program was active and energizing, and honed in on the key issues that would leverage the future success for Data Net. The team walked away with key action items which were successfully implemented over several weeks following the retreat. The systems and processes are now incorporated in management practice and throughout the organization.

For more information about this program or other Grand Dynamics services, please contact the Grand Dynamics office at

800.989.8434 or

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