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Support The Innovations Advocacy Council’s Fall Formal

Originally posted on The Imagine! Voices Blog

This Friday, from 8-noon, you are invited to stop by Imagine!’s Coal Creek building (1665 Coal Creek Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026) to purchase some drinks and treats in support of Imagine!’s Innovations department’s upcoming Fall Formal. The Fall Formal is a celebration for all of the individuals who receive services from Innovations. It promises to be a fun and social atmosphere full of dancing, friends, and community, and you can help make it happen by joining Innovations on Friday. We hope to see you there!

Thank You Thursday

Originally posted on The Imagine! Foundation Blog

Recent generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Platinum ($10,000+)
In Honor of Stephen Dudley
  Louise and Bob Dudley

Associate ($500-$999)
Generosity (Indiegogo) - Out & About Crowdfunding

Supporter ($250-$499)
Cheryl Barr and Ron Sandgrund

Friend ($1-$249)
Mary and Jay Balzer - Imagine! Celebration Tickets
Ellen Flores – for Out & About
In Honor of Hannah Bozzay
  Deb and Doug Sandersen

As always, we thank all of our generous donors

Wish List Wednesday

Originally posted on The Imagine! Foundation Blog

We're wishing for a good turnout tonight, September 20, at the Rock Bottom Westminster Promenade as we celebrate “Rocktoberfest” and support Imagine!’s mission at the same time. From 6:00 PM on, 15% of all sales and $0.25 for every Rocktoberfest Beer sold will be donated to Imagine!.

We look forward to seeing you there!

We thank Rock Bottom for their support of our community and all of its members.

Innovations and the Imagine! Leadership Development Group!

Originally posted on The Innovations Bulletin

At Imagine!, our workforce is our number one asset. So, to make sure that we are providing great supports to our employees, we select several staff each year to participate in the Imagine! Leadership Development Group. The purpose of this group is to help develop the knowledge and skills of up-and-coming leaders here at Imagine!.

This year, one of the participants selected is Innovations Host Home Coordinator Britt McWilliams!

When asked to define a leader, Britt wrote:

A leader is someone who is able to establish a trusting relationship within a group by being authentic in their own communication, receptive to others’ ideas, and is willing to remain open-minded and flexible.

If you see Britt around, please congratulate her on this prestigious honor!


Click here to read CEO Mark Emery's post on this year's Leadership Development Group.

Click here to read the Imagine! Voices blog post highlighting all members of this year's group.

Erica Stamm

Originally posted on Imagine! Voices blog

Imagine!'s Family Support Services Program (FSSP) uses the “Life Saver” award to recognize and honor outstanding employee performance for their overall initiative, positive attitude, and attention detail to job responsibilities.

This month’s recipient is Erica Stamm

"Erica brings a positive and resilient attitude to our FSSP team and she is always exploring creative ways to be proactive. Erica’s main focus has been to guide parents and families with a “hands-on” approach to support her families in any way they need. Erica is a valued FSSP Navigator and is extremely active in the day-to-day mission of FSSP. Erica brings an honest outlook to our team and lets her passion guide her in the work that she does at Imagine!."

Imagine! Artists To Be Featured At Handmade In Colorado Expo

Originally posted on The Imagine! Foundation Blog

On October 7 and 8, you are invited to join Imagine! CORE/Labor Source (CLS) artists at the 9th Annual Handmade in Colorado Expo.

The Handmade in Colorado Expo is a juried event showcasing some of Colorado's best fine art and contemporary craft. The event will feature a vast array of independent designers, including CLS artists, producing original handcrafted goods from a wide array of media including metals, paper, glass, fibers, food, fabricated objects, clay, paint, wax, gems, and more. All work sold will be created from both emerging and experienced artisans from Colorado. This event is the designed for Locavores, as customers will only find Colorado made items sold by exhibitors that will interact directly with their customers. This event has free admission and some great local live music. Come support your local artists and craftspeople in their pursuit of creativity made by hand.

CLS artists will be at the Boulder event, which takes place Oct 7 and 8 in Boulder’s Central Park.

We hope to see you there!

Good News Friday!

Originally posted on Then Again, What Do I Know?

Today, I’d like to officially introduce the members of the 2017-2018 Imagine! Leadership Development Group (LDG). This year’s LDG members are (from left to right in the picture below):

Jeff Rodarti, who works for Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source department.

Brodie Schulze, who also works for Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source department.

Britt McWilliams, who works for Imagine!’s Innovations department.

Ally Joel, who works for Imagine!’s Out & About department.

Jen McIntyre, who works for Imagine!’s Case Management department.

The purpose of Imagine!’s Leadership Development program is to provide a coordinated platform that strategically develops talent within Imagine! to address the company’s leadership needs for the future. The program is designed to educate employee participants about the complexities of the organization and to assist management in learning about people with talent that may be good matches for leadership roles.

Each participant in the LDG will gain a broad understanding of leadership skills and be provided the opportunity to apply their learning in various settings. Each participant will assess their present strengths and areas for growth and realize their potential for leadership. Leadership skills and knowledge gained will be applicable in many aspects of the successful participant’s experiences.

The Leadership Development Group will utilize a variety of methods of learning during the course of the year. These methods will include opportunities for self-study, facilitated group meetings, attendance at other Imagine! meetings, mentoring, training opportunities, and presentations.

Congratulations to all of this year’s LDG members. I think you will find it to be a very rewarding experience. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and, just as important, to learning from you throughout the year.

Check out the short video below to learn more about Imagine!’s Leadership Development Group. And get to know a little more about this year's participants (including their favorite super hero) here.

Can’t see the video? Click here

Confidence Builders

Originally posted on Then Again, What Do I Know?

I mentioned recently on this blog that Imagine! has been working on changing our approach to performance management and performance evaluation. This is a topic I will return to occasionally in this space because I think it is so important to the success of our ability to meet our mission.

Some interactions I have had with some newly hired Imagine! supervisors got me to thinking about confidence. Specifically, I wondered if we are doing enough to not only provide our supervisors with the skills and tools they need to do the job well, but also if we are instilling the confidence they need to do the job well.

You may ask where the distinction between skills/tools and confidence lies. I believe it is the same as the distinction between how and why.

The “how” part is fairly simple. You can easily show somebody what forms they need to fill out, what boxes they need to check, or what dates and times specific projects are due. Those are important.

Equally important, in my mind at least, is establishing the “why” of the job. Supervision is a very human endeavor. And human beings are complex, and they sometimes, may I say, become independently creative when asked to conform to an established set of tools and instructions.

So if your only knowledge is the “how,” you aren’t very well equipped to address those deviations that inevitably will occur in supervisory duties. In other words, if your comfort level as a supervisor is that you can readily fill in for someone you supervise, there is a great deal of room to grow. As more cases like that arise, supervisors can find themselves losing confidence rapidly.

Much better then, to help new (and established) supervisors to understand the “why” of the work to be completed, a reason to be; and to be able to convey that purpose to others. Having a solid understanding of the why of their job gives them a solid foundation which allows them, somewhat counterintuitively, to be more flexible with their decision making in the face of unexpected challenges. With a firm footing based on the why of the work, a supervisor can be more effective and feel more confident when leading others and giving them purpose beyond “how” to complete their tasks.

Imagine! hasn’t always been great at helping new supervisors grasp the larger picture before throwing them into the mix. But we need to be. Supervisors at Imagine! have important and difficult jobs. That is why we are working to ensure that our supervisors are given clear, realistic performance expectations while at the same time presented with milestones to strive for as they continuously work to improve their ability and confidence in their key efforts toward the creation of a world of opportunity for all abilities.

I thank them for their efforts, and stand ready to support them so that our mission moves ever closer to reality.

Then again, what do I know?