The Best of Business and Thought Leadership Unite: The Avalon Institute Announces Key Strategic Partnership with OpenBook Learning

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The Avalon Institute has partnered with OpenBook Learning to distribute the Cognitive Preference Survey. Exclusively branded by Avalon as the Cognitive Peak Performance Survey, this individual and team performance assessment is now available to Avalon clients and partners wishing to develop an in-depth understanding of their thought processes to better connect with employees, customers and teammates.

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The Avalon Institute, led by USAF General and C Suite executive John E. Michel (Ret.) and Serial Entrepreneur Perry J. Smith has partnered with Frank Sopper and OpenBook Learning of Brattleboro, VT to distribute the Cognitive Preference Survey. This performance assessment, accessed through the Avalon website, will be distributed as the Cognitive Peak Performance Survey (CPP) for Avalon members and clients who wish to hone their leadership skills, increase productivity and forge deeper connections with employees teammates and valued customers.

The two companies recently concluded a two year research and customization process for the assessment that included leadership and teaching engagements with US Special Forces at Joint Special Forces University (JSOU) in Tampa, FL as well with the US Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines. In addition, the Avalon team integrated the assessment in their engagements with all manner of Federal workforce employees, corporate clients, sales force professionals and elite athletes interested in furthering their leadership and performance skills. Michel notes "This is the only assessment I have used in my career that provides instant clarity. Unlike many other performance tools we have used in the military, it uncovers real-time insights into our behaviors and thinking."

Avalon client feedback indicates the CPP offers advanced insights far and above standard Myers Briggs profiles in helping to understand one's self and others. The assessment identifies "active" networks in your brain: what kind of cognitive functions your brain does efficiently, versus those activities your brain does inefficiently. The customized report offers clear strength indicators in the following thinking preferences: Associative (Automatic), Sequential (Deliberate), as well as the Mover, Observer, Reader, Talker and Listener preferences. In addition, the assessment provides easy to understand "Cog-Hacks™ that one can begin using immediately.

The Avalon Institute's robust support and engagement programming for the assessment offers individuals and organizations the opportunity to:

Gain a working knowledge of their unique cognitive profile.
Develop understanding of how bias is related to their cognitive preferences.
Commit to strengthening their understanding of meta-cognition or "thinking about your thinking."
Utilize one's unique preferences to motivate their team and increase effectiveness in ever more complex environments.

CEO of Openbook Learning Frank Sopper, explains his lifelong passion for understanding cognitive preferences stating: "I've spent my career exploring the little differences in how we perceive information and then how we transfer it to others. As a leader, I need to let people make different mistakes than I would make. When I delegate something, the individual may do a better job than I would, but they'll always make different mistakes. This tool can help everyone be conscious of those little differences before they become big differences.”

Are you motivated and inspired to seek--and be--the best? The Avalon Roundtable™ is open to one and all.

For more info and to engage The Avalon Institute, visit online or via direct email. For additional business opportunities, visit the Avalon Institute’s sister entity Veteran Enabled Training and Technology Services (VETS). VETS is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business positioned to work with federal, state, and local governments, as well as business entities of any size.

Frank Sopper is CEO of OpenBook, and a key developer of the Cognitive Preference Survey. Frank is a career educator with teaching and administrative experience ranging from elementary to college level. He currently heads OpenBook, an educational software development company focusing on English language learning in a rich media environment.

Avalon Events Calendar

Listen to Avalon Founder Perry J. Smith explain how to harness your unique Cognitive Preferences to boost your sales on the Enterprise Sales Podcast hosted by Noah Goldman.
Current Introductory Cognitive Peak Performance Webinar August, 2017
21st Century Leadership Skills Summit hosted by The Avalon Institute. Washington, DC October, 2017
Brigadoon Scotland: Where Entrepreneurs and Thought Leaders Gather Edinburgh, Scotland November 12-14th, 2017

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