Apple Innovation at Interstates


This blog post was written by Sharz Neitge.

Kamran Loghman is the Chief Global Instructor at Apple and he’s returning to Interstates next week to host a second innovation workshop. Yes, that Apple. As Chief Global Instructor, Kamran provides education and training to senior executives and management at Apple to foster creative thinking, strategic leadership, and professional performance. He is also an adjunct faculty member for leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and senior executive education fellow at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. With an enviously unique position at Apple and an impressive list of worthy accomplishments, it’s no wonder we jumped at the opportunity to learn more about the “Create, Lead, Achieve” executive training program from the one and only, Kamran Loghman.

Last year, we invited Kamran to our Sioux Center, Iowa office to host the first portion of Apple’s “Create, Lead, Achieve” program. We felt that learning more about this innovative program would help us live out our mission to never settle and always continue pursuing a better way. In addition to our leadership team and other Interstates employees, we invited some of our clients and business partners we thought would benefit from attending the workshop. Part one of the program focused on creative thinking and gave us a preview of the program developed and utilized by Apple’s teams. In this part of the program we discussed the power and benefits of creativity, while also learning how to enhance the way leaders think and work. Additionally, the create phase of the process encourages leaders to think outside of the box and collaborate with others to create new ideas.

Next week, Kamran will return to Interstates and we couldn’t be more excited. He will lead us through the final two phases of the workshop, which focus on leadership and personal performance. Given the vast technology and intriguing quality that surrounds Apple, we can’t help but feel like we’ve got a golden ticket and a chance to catch a glimpse of the inner-workings and strategies of Apple’s executive leadership teams. The success of our company as a whole begins with our leaders. Poor leadership tends to trickle down and can have a negative impact on an entire organization. This why we believe it is important to invest in our leaders and empower each of our employees to develop strong leadership qualities. At Interstates we put immense effort into building successful leadership teams to guide us as we work to pursue a better way for the entire company.

Check back next week for a blog on our upcoming visit with Kamran Loghman!