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Dan Paulson is an accomplished international facilitator, coach, speaker, and author. He combines over 25 years of on-the-ground corporate experience with a deep understanding of the wisdom of current business trends to further the most successful, adaptable, and innovative work environments possible. Growing up in a small town, Dan developed a strong work ethic and a “get it done” attitude. Inspired by his father’s love for cars, he discovered he shared that passion for cars – especially FAST cars. Holding key leadership roles for large firms such as Lands’ End and Menards, he realized his talent for increasing employee performance; his guidance led to record sales increases and efficiency improvements for these companies. And he saw that the strategy behind racing – how a team of people with different roles, working in sync, help a driver win a race – will also allow a business to succeed. In 2005, Dan started InVision Business Development with the purpose of helping companies find ways to meet the challenges of growth. Taking a holistic approach to people, planning and process, he drove double-digit growth for companies working with him, even during one of the most difficult economies on record. Ques􀆟on – 2005-2008 was a great economy) With globalization on the rise, Dan saw the need for companies to learn to manage multiple cultures and communication styles without impacting business – this led to InVision’s expansion into China. Now, taking a page from the lean start-up model, Dan uses that methodology to apply yet another layer of wisdom to his ever-evolving, holistic approach to building successful teams. His current passion is in helping traditional corporations create working environments designed to attract the new breed of millennial workers hungry for the opportunity to grow and be impactful in their careers. Throughout the years, Dan has written for many local and national publications. He is co-author of Selling for Geniuses and author of Apples to Apples: How to Stand Out from Your Competition. As a speaker, Dan has presented internationally on subjects ranging from leadership and communication to strategy and customer service. When Dan is not in the office, he enjoys camping, golfing, cycling, and spending 􀆟me with his wife and two children. (He still loves driving fast cars.)

History

Dan formed Invision Business Development in 2005, he’d been working in the business world for 15 years, helping people become better team members and stronger leaders. Starting as a supervisor, he had worked with everyone from entry level and management to upper management and executives. As he worked his way up the ladder, he discovered his innate talent for coaching people into leadership roles in a way that facilitated increased productivity and profitability.

One of the key things Dan learned was how to encourage people’s ability to balance their creativity against corporate America’s need to standardize, helping them to work outside the box when necessary and fine tune the balance between the two priorities. With intimate knowledge of all levels of the corporate hierarchy, Dan was in a unique position to advise people who wished to advance their careers, as well as executives who needed assistance delegating and leading their teams.

In 2002, Dan was in a supervisory role at Lands’ End during the company’s merger with Sears – a huge change that led to a 30% reduction in staff. During this difficult time, Dan discovered his ability to help companies navigate disruption, with its associated stress and conflict. He began to understand that organizations had more potential than they realized, but squashed it due to lack of communication and follow through and trust. Thus, the seeds of Invision Business Development and Marketing were born. Since the firm’s launch in 2005, Dan has been able to deliver his services and share his expertise more widely, helping executives manage major changes more effectively.

Over the past decade, Dan has helped many businesses that have reached a plateau, providing resources to get them over a hump or obstacle, helping executives to be more effective in leading their companies through strategic growth periods. A key element in his approach is to help executives more fully invest in training and teaching their talent, enabling them to create and maintain quality teams – an essential foundation for growth and profitability.

In 2008, forecasting the increase of overseas business, Dan launched operations in China, where he added the facilitation of language and cultural differences to his suite of offerings, helping a number of Fortune 500 companies manage the myriad challenges involved with expanding their operations there. Recently renamed InVision Development International (IDI), the firm’s current focus is strategic planning with an emphasis on improving people and internal processes.

With new development tools in place and a greater passion to help companies in transition, IDI continues to help leaders make change happen while creating great places to work. In addition to the transition of InVision, Dan recently launched IDI Technologies to answer the question, “How do we use technology to expand human potential?” That next phase will be developing mobile technology that improves people’s lives while helping them achieve more. We’re excited for what the future holds!

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