Build an 'A' Player Team that Uplevels your Business.


What is the Power of People Skills Leadership Program?

The Power of People Skills Business Program is the #1 program trusted by small business owners who know the importance of building and developing their team of ‘A’ Players that align with their values and contribute to achieving the business vision.

The program was developed from the best selling book, “The Power of People Skills” and has been established into a practical, proven process. The program uses the following tools:

The Power of People Skills Foundational Tools:

DISC Personality

Understand how you are wired, how you can understand others, and how you can apply it to your team to increase alignment.

Core Values

Most businesses already have core values that are guiding them, but many haven’t identified them and made them impactful. We work with you to identify the core values that make your culture great and will guide your people decisions.

Star Chart

We teach you a simple process of how to assess your team based on values and productivity.

Coach & Connect

Once you’ve assessed your team, you will use the Coach and Connect to communicate in a clear and kind way to your employees.

Ready to elevate your business?

If you’ve been growing your business and have hit the point of needing to step out of the fray and lay a foundation to build a fantastic culture that lives outside of you, this is your program! 

Hundreds of business leaders like you – with 10-250 employees – have used the program to build a culture that consists of star players in every seat and doesn’t tolerate underperformers.

Building a business is filled with challenges stemming from people. The truth is that if you don’t have people in the right seats, achieving the business vision gets more and more difficult.

PLI elevates you by addressing the most common people challenges that are holding your business back and gives you a clear vision of how to achieve what your business was made to do.

You will be able to make the people decisions that can double your results, relieve your stress and cause team morale to soar. You will attract and retain the very best talent and repel those that don’t align. Learn how Justin Bontkes from Caliber Projects has used our program below:


Why the Power of People Skills Program Works:

Hundreds of small business owners are utilizing the Power of People Skills Program. Their owners are seeing results with assessing their teams, being able to communicate via go-forward plans and building out the team foundation to achieve their vision. What is it about the Power of People Skills Program that makes  it work so well in a small business?

Expert-Led Courses

Trevor Throness, the author of the Power of People Skills, leads the online micro-learning training. He has coached thousands of people and shares his expertise via on-demand micro-learning courses.

Monthly Cohort Coaching

Our program requires that you receive coaching to keep you on track, apply the tools and answer your biggest people questions. We guide you in the steps you need to take to achieve your goals! 

Proven Results

 Over the years, we’ve helped numerous organizations transform their team dynamics, improve their performance, and achieve their objectives. By the end of this 4 month program, you will have a clear way to assess, develop and retain your team. 

Step 1:

Join the cohort of 10 business owners and complete the 1-2 hour micro-learning courses over the month.

Step 2:

Attend a monthly virtual call with Trevor Throness over the quarter to apply the tools within your business and receive coaching.

Step 3:

Set the foundation for your business’ most important asset – your people!

Meet Our Coach

Trevor Throness

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Trevor Throness, the Senior Instructor, veteran coach, keynote speaker, and the author of the book “The Power of People Skills.” His expertise has been acknowledged by renowned platforms like Forbes, Inc, The NY Post, The Globe and Mail, Entrepreneur, and CEO Magazine, among others. He created the PLI DISC assessment based on his expertise and work with leaders and businesses spanning 4 decades.


Our Clients Love the Professional Leadership Institute

Your team will, too! Check out some reviews from our students.
Group 89
The PLI program was invaluable to our network.
The range of topics delivered, the open dialogue, experience, and examples that PLI brought to each session were outstanding and provided a path for our Franchisees and Managers to look at leadership, coaching, and connecting with their teams in a new light. Many have implemented these strategies in their bakeries and have seen immediate results.
Michelle C.
COBS Bread
Group 89
Highly recommend to help your team move forward
We have locations around BC and Alberta, so getting people on the same page can be very difficult... Until now. Our entire management team and location managers take the same great courses and then meet monthly online with our coach to apply it to our situation. People are engaged, the courses are excellent, we love our coach, and we are all learning together!
Jason Fawcett
President, Kelson Group
Group 89
The result has been a transformation of our culture. 
We decided to implement PLI's strategies across the country in over 150 locations and over 3500 employees.  The result has been a transformation of our culture.  People's lives have been positively impacted - professionally and personally.  Morale is high and sales and profits are up as a result.
Daryl Verbeek
Daryl Verbeek
Group 89
We’ve learned how to fix ongoing personnel issues once and for all
The roadmap laid out set our business up to quintuple in sales.  We've learned how to fix ongoing personnel issues once and for all, attract top talent, and spend our time focused on results, not internal staffing problems.  I highly recommend PLI to you - it's worked for us!
John DeJong
Satisfied Client
Group 89
I had no idea that running a business could be this fun!
In less than 18 months of working with Trevor, he has transformed my business from being average to exceptional, where mediocrity is not acceptable, where being great is standard.  Working with PLI has allowed me to realize my dream of not simply owning a job, but owning a business.
Justin Bontkes
Principal, Caliber Projects
Group 89
Our culture has taken major steps forward this year
Our culture has taken major steps forward this year with Trevor’s help.  He is funny, relatable, and his tools are very very practical and have helped us focus and upgrade our teams throughout our retail network. Trevor recently spoke to an employee group, and one person remarked, “I could listen to Trevor all day.”   We would highly recommend Trevor.
Stan Pridham
Founder, KMS Tools
Group 89
The results have been remarkable
At first, we resisted, “This just won’t work with a law firm.” But we persisted and the results have been remarkable: our client base and profits have steadily improved, and staff engagement and morale is the healthiest its ever been.
Doug Lester
Partner, RDM Lawyers
Group 89
Helped our fast-growing business become what it is today
I've experienced PLI's approach first hand and it's been crucial to sustaining our growth.  I can't imagine a business that wouldn't benefit greatly from his help.
Brian Antenbring
Founder, TEEMA
Group 89
Provided practical ways to make positive changes
Trevor was incredibly well-received by the entire organization. He was able to articulate people issues that many of our franchisees were experiencing and provided them with practical ways to make positive changes. We have implemented the Star Chart tool across the organization and see it as vital to building happy, effective teams.
Aaron Gillespie
President, COBS Bread


How long is the Training?

The cohort intake is quarterly with a maximum of 10 participants. The training is monthly over the course of 4 months.

Will I be graded?

No, you will be meeting with your coach to ensure you are implementing and having success within your business.

Do I need to attend all sessions?

YES. We will not be recording the sessions due to privacy. The learning and coaching you will be receiving is exclusive to the group and if you miss the session, you miss the application.

When is the next training cohort?

The next cohort is taking place on May 1, 2024 and will run until August 31.

What is the training structure?

We know you're busy. We are doing ALL live training sessions and you will receive a Power of People Skills micro-learning bundle after the training is completed so that you can refer to the training afterwards.
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