INVESTING IN HUMAN CAPITAL – The Transformation Challenge

INVESTING IN HUMAN CAPITAL – The Transformation Challenge

 I taught a workshop yesterday, July 18, 2018,  in Provo at Corporate Alliance. The topic was The Transformation Challenge – The Six Steps to Planning and Execution. The next one is scheduled for August 22 at Corporate Alliance in Midvale. Here is what the participants have to say about it.

“The Six Steps to Planning and Execution process discussed in this training was great. I appreciated that it all goes back and starts with your “why” and understanding what that is. I think often times as a business owner we can get caught up in the shinny-object syndrome and wanting to do the next “big” thing without considering if it is aligned with our vision. The training takes you through a step by step process to help you understand and consider what is really important and the best way to get the desired result. The best part is this process can be applied to any decision or task. Illens is a great instructor and I recommend this training to all.” —-Dustin Barnhurst, CPA, MAcc, MBA – Audit Partner/Start-up Expert DAVIES+ALLEN, P.C. 

”The “Six Steps to Planning and Execution” as presented by Illens Dort this month was a very practical workshop.  All attendees were guided through the process of tackling a sizeable goal or problem they were facing.  Then by using a proven framework, they made progress in manageable increments. 

The real-life story used to show the method was of a family-owned chain of gas stations suddenly facing the threat of bankruptcy and needing to raise millions in a short time.  Because they were able to do this, it was inspiring to us as class participants to face up to our individually chosen projects. Heart-felt desires were shared about recruiting for a humanitarian trip, bringing family together for a cruise, finding new clients online and dealing with stolen money. As you can see this process can be applied to many situations. 

The purpose of the seminar went beyond reaching goals, valuable as that is.  It was also about building people, forging happy relationships and finding hope in a troubled world.  There was good camaraderie among the small group, fostered in great part by Illens.  Bringing sound principles to bear in your personal life works so well in this type of a setting.” —Brett Littke – RN

The Transformation Challenge training led by Illens Dort is a great training to attend. It takes everything you have learned about SMART goals and helps you look at goals on a higher level. It also helps you to develop a better system for accountability and holding yourself responsible to those goals. This training is great for those who are looking to take their life to the next level. —Kara Jenkins – Director of Events – Provo Beach

“Both Shane and I enjoyed the course and training because it forces you to refocus and reevaluate where you are spending your time as a leader, and where your most effective influences could have the best impact in the organization.  Also, as a leader, one of the most effective resources are the people within an organization, and Illens was able to reveal how to tap into your organization to become the best by using these resources to become more effective.” —Catherine Hoover – Managing Director – Express Employment Professionals

“Hi Illens – I loved the workshop.  Thanks again!  I am very interested in “becoming my best” and this workshop really helped me to take a BIG goal through a process to more clearly visualize it and to ultimately accomplish it.  Illens inspires people to work together and to ask the right questions.  I think this process could help business leaders find clarity with their company goals as well.  I have full confidence that Illens is an expert and would be able to help you execute your vision and goals masterfully.” —TRISH BYINGTON, PHR/SHRM-CP – Payroll/HR Specialist – BBSI

“Had a great time yesterday with my new friend Illens Dort while he shared about processing through decision making, goal setting, and leadership. I highly value him as a person and business contact here in Provo, UT. #leadership #business I would recommend his book on how to lead and act with compassion.” —Adam Peek 

Illens Dort is a Certified Speaker, Coach, and Trainer with The John Maxwell Team. Thank you for your time!!!  Illens Dort – author of Thinking and Acting with a Compassionate Heart. To buy a copy go to

Workshops – Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Workshops – Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

Connecting is our ability to identify and relate with people in such a way that it increases our influence with them.” Dr. John Maxwell

Life is so busy. We have things to do and places to go. It seems that we are always on the go. We have deadlines to meet and quotas to beat. All these fun and exciting things are great. However, there are times they can preoccupy our minds and hearts so much that we forget to take time to focus on the things that matter most.

My wife and I took time last weekend to visit some relatives in Atlanta because a daughter of my wife’s niece had a special occasion. Several people on both sides of her parents traveled from far to gather together and celebrate this special moment with her. We had a great time together. We played with the children. One child who was only 7 asked me when I was going to come again after I told him I was leaving the next day. He added, “Can you come back tomorrow?” It was a precious time as we love to play and interact with the little ones.

Yesterday I flew from Atlanta to Utah. It was a long day. On the flight from Las Vegas to Utah, I sat by a gentleman. He was on his way to visit someone he has not seen for over 18 years. He was excited and at the same time nervous. He said “I am not sure how to react when I get there.” I responded, “It is going to be okay. You have answered the call. You are here. Just go with your heart.” It would be a hard thing for anyone if you have not seen a member of your family for that long.

It does not matter how long it has been since we connected with a friend or a member of our family, we can start today. We can initiate the reconnection. We can light the flame. We can start from the heart and the mind will follow. We can just start. It is never too late. But we may not have tomorrow. Today is the day.

During the presentation today at Corporate Alliance, on the subject Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, a participant shared this quote with us. This is one of her favorite quotes and has written almost everywhere in her home so she can remember it. The quote happens to be one of my favorites as well. It is from someone who has lived a life that exemplified this quote. Thomas S. Monson, former president of the LDS Church, stated, Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to beloved.” How powerful and true this statement is! Its wisdom is something that we all need. It applies in any relationship; marriage, raising children, serving in the community, working with customers and co-workers, and in connecting with other human beings. Life is all about people. What we do to connect with them and the way we do it make a huge difference.

Do you have someone in mind that you need to connect or reconnect with? Make a plan. Fix a time. Make an appointment with yourself and do it. After you have done, if you feel incline to share the results with us, we invite you to do so. But just do it because it is the right thing to do. Share with us some of the things you do to connect with people and let them know you value them.

If you like this post, I invite you to take a moment to share it with people in your circle of influence. Click on the picture to share your thoughts in the comment field below.

Thank you for your time!!!  Illens Dort – authour of Thinking and Acting with a Compassionate Heart. To buy a copy go to

Live2Lead (Leadership and Networking Conference) – March 29, 2018

Live2Lead (Leadership and Networking Conference) – March 29, 2018

We held a Live2Lead public event on Thursday March 29 at the Corporate Alliance Provo Hub in Utah. The participants found it refreshing to learn from John Maxwell and the other presenters. Many of the participants stayed for almost one hour, after the event was over, to visit and connect with one another.

I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to Corporate Alliance and Brenda Hiatt for allowing us to meet in their beautiful facility, Express Employment Professionals for sponsoring the event, and all the other participants. When a group of abundance-minded people gather together to learn and find ways to develop themselves, great things do happen. This is what we experienced during this event.

John taught five key principles that will help us to develop the leader within us. The core of his teaching is that wherever we are in life we still have “More and More”, and More and more before”. The five principles that he taught with great passion during this session include:

  • Abundance – think of abundance, not scarcity. Having an abundant mindset helps know there is more we can accomplish. The two elements that are essentials are creativity and flexibility. John stated that creatives tells us that there is always an answer. Flexibility helps us know “there is more than one answer.”
  • Have a Process or a System. He said that “Hope is not a strategy.”
  • Ask Questions – One of the questions we need to ask is “Who do you know that I need to know.”
  • Intentionally Grow Every Day.
    • You may wonder how you can do that. The key word is “intentionally”. How often? We need to grow every day. Let me show how I approach my daily growth plan. I realized that I needed to grow and maintain high positive energy in four areas of my life. I need to grow mentally (intellectually), physically, emotionally, and spiritually (I am a person of faith). To grow physically I must eat, sleep and exercise every day. I don’t have a rigorous exercise regiment. I do simple things like walking, 20 or more pushups, 20 or more situps. To grow intellectually, I read for at least 30 minutes every day. You may want to do 15 minutes. To grow spiritually I read ancient and/or modern-day scriptures. I pray daily. To grow emotionally I repent and I forgive others. I meditate. I embrace life with all its beauty, challenges and blessings. I find ways to add value to others. These are my own insights and practices. Yours may be different.
  • Investing Time – Invest time with people; investing time to go to places that will inspire you; and investing time to attend great events.

These principles and many other important principles on leadership can be found as you read John’s new book Developing The Leader Within You (



Professional and Personal Development – Establishing Lasting Relationships – March 14, 2018

Establishing and Cultivating Lasting Relationships

 (Family, Business, and Community)

Relationship is at play in some form in any human interaction. It is either good or bad. Imagine how more satisfying life would be and happier we would be if we could establish and maintain positive lasting relationships. There would be less discordance in family relationship, less turnover at work, greater employees’ satisfaction, and more productivity in the workplace. Here are some of the benefits of this course:

  • Establish and maintain lasting relationships with people.
  • Learn how to communicate when the stakes are high.
  • Create an environment and a culture where people feel they belong.
  • Put people first and task second.
  • Learn principles and processes that will help you find new customers, serve them and grow with them.
  • Create a culture where employees will give more than 100 percent of their effort because they know you care about them.

(Based on the book Thinking and Acting with a Compassionate Heart by Illens Dort)


Schedule and Location

Vivint Business Resource Center – 815 W 1250 S, Orem, UT 84058


Workshop Date Time Cost Room
Establishing and Cultivating Lasting Relationships March 14 9:00 am to 11:00 am $99 117


Text or email Illens Dort for more information: 801-687-2199,

For more information and to register online click here.

Leadership & Culture Conference – March 29, 2018

Leadership & Culture Conference with Illens Dort

This is going to be a great event that allows you to learn key leadership principles and practices from leadership experts like John Maxwell and Dave Ramsey. You will also be able to associate and network with other business leaders in your community.

Date: Thursday March 29, from 9 am to 1 pm. Check-in begins at 8:30 am. Lunch will be provided.

Benefits of the Leadership and Culture Conference

  • Take time to invest in yourself and in members of your organization.
  • Grow and develop yourself so you can help the people around you grow and develop themselves.
  • Learn from the experts in the field of leadership, management, business, and communication.
  • Learn about the power of servant leadership.
  • Learn principles that will help you create a culture that is by designed, not by default.
  • Simple equation: Grow yourself + grow your people = grow your organization.

For more information and to register online click here.