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Al Landers

Al Landers, Vice President at SBTI, is a Lean Sigma Black Belt, an HBDI® Certified Practitioner and a senior executive with over 35 years of experience.

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HBDI® in Action: Why Discomfort Leads to Better Thinking

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Al Landers, Vice President at SBTI, is a Lean Sigma Black Belt, an HBDI® Certified Practitioner and a senior executive with over 35 years of experience. In this guest post, Al shares a story from a particularly memorable and thought-provoking training session.

I had just given the class a 15-minute break from the simulation and was walking to get a cup of coffee when I passed John, one of the Master Black Belt students who was talking the change management module. I casually asked him how he was doing. He startled me with his response.

“I need to get up and walk around. The words on my notebook page are swimming around and I can’t read. I’m actually starting to feel nauseous.

“Whoa, John,” I said. “We can stop here. We’ve had 3 rounds already, and I think we’ve gotten as much out of it as we can. Take your time!”

He got up and walked out of the room to take a much-needed break. I stood there for a few minutes thinking about what just happened.

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