Through The Submarine Way Lens of Inclusion
With more than 100 clients helped, our patent published system is changing how people are valued, and establishes equity as the norm.
We are a consulting firm that in addition to consulting utilizes, training, assessments, speeches and coaching to transform organizations. Our areas of expertise are in leadership development, inclusion, equity and diversity.
What we do
Leadership development through the lens of inclusion in order to guide organizations to embrace the power found in building on talents, creating an interdependent, collaborative culture while being hyper focused on your core mission.
To build a world full of inclusive leaders that appreciate others for the contributions they bring.
All of us are better than one of us which is why everyone matters if they contribute.
Our patent published system drives inclusion, which drives innovation and productivity, resulting in better decision making, leadership and measurable ROI
Virtual Learning Portal
Reinforcement is the most important factor in ensuring training is actually implemented. Our online learning drives lasting change.
Keynotes That Do More Than "Inspire"
YES to energy and engagement but there is more. Effective keynotes should plant actionable seeds and provide practical tools so that all in attendance can both learn and apply.
Without commitment from senior Leadership, lasting change simply cannot occur. Our coaching fully develops the person and the executive team.
Consulting & Training
We are your partners in leading change. We are there to enhance your initiatives and mission not replace them. We will drive lasting change with minimum disruption and maximum results.
Virtual Learning Portal
Reinforcement is the most important factor in ensuring training is actually implemented. Our online learning portal, video emails and other tools drive lasting change and better DECISION MAKING.
Keynotes That Do More Than "Inspire"
YES to energy and engagement but there is more. Effective keynotes should plant actionable seeds and provide practical tools so that all in attendance can not just learn but immediately APPLY it.
Without commitment from senior Leadership, lasting change simply cannot occur. Our coaching fully develops the person and the executive team. It is Strengths based, Inclusion Focused and Mission Oriented and it WORKS.
Consulting & Training
Virtual or on site the first two questions are the same. WHAT is your Mission (RESULTS desired)? HOW do you REINFORCE learning? These are the first two questions that must be answered and always where we will start. Our work is defined by the ROI we produce.
Recent Client Results Due To Our Patent Published System
Below is the first page of our nine page Patent Published System that drives the results you will see below the patent.
- 50% reduction in turnover in a key employee area resulting in a $150,000 savings in recruiting, hiring, on boarding, and training costs
Identification of 38 high potential candidates not previously viewed as high potentials that we helped to develop. This resulted in the organization promoting 12 of these individuals into critical positions. They thought they were going to have to spend well over $200, 000 to recruit, hire and train from outside the organization
- Over 100 paid keynotes conducted now with 100% of meeting planners/event coordinators saying we exceeded their expectations. Yes we a re a sure thing
- We conducted a twelve-month dedicated professional development program for mid-level managers. There was a 30% increase in staff engagement. Retention increased, as did measurable productivity. The client estimated the combined cost benefits of these improvements was more than $300,000
- Creation of an integrated strengths-based, inclusion focused, mission-oriented communication plan for eight plant, general managers. They experienced a 400% increase in communication and reductions in productivity, shipping and maintenance delays between and within all eight locations
Led a client to create their first consistent on boarding process across 12 locations. A 40% improvement in job satisfaction was the result. They attributed this program to retaining 13 more people in year two. The value of this to the client was just under $500,000
Some of the more than 100 Clients we have worked with
What our clients say about our work and our books
We always strive for exceptional results and do our best to exceed our clients’ needs and expectations
Nothing Has Ever Had a Larger Impact
In my decades of working with consultants in my company, you’re still the best management consultant I have ever experienced. Ten plus years later most of my team has moved on but in conversations with them, what they learned and are still using from your work comes up regularly……impressive
Dennis Hempstead – President & CEO of Clean World USA
Simply The Best Training
The most practical, relevant and effective training I have ever been part of. The time The Submarine Way takes in learning the organization combined with their powerfulreinforcement creates the most effective results focused training there is.
Allen Heidler -Chief of Police
Florence South Carolina
Deb and John’s exciting new book on The Submarine Way toward Diveristy and Inclusion will totally change the way you think about a subject that can be a sensitive and challenging one to tackle.
Being a corporate executive, former pastor, and business owner, I’ve been faced with leading and fostering an inclusive environment and team when the stakes were really high. Their insightful and inspiring approach will be different, yet successful. I encourage you to read it and dive in!
Darryl Webb – Senior Vice President of Operations Golden Corral
Experience provides the lens through which I evaluate the effectiveness of current and future decisions. This lens provides me with passion and strength; it defines principles; it yields discernment. However, these experiences (and my textbook knowledge) are woefully inadequate to effectively guide, mentor and grow new, better leaders. Experiences have to be coupled with a systemic approach that ensures sustainment and reproducibility – an approach that makes it ‘the way we do business.’ This way, when I move on to my next experience, the new leaders can build on these blocks. John and Deb in Up Periscope so effectively present the core building blocks of that system – a system that resources and strengthens people to solve incredibly complex problems, innovate, learn, and create value for the organization, themselves, and society.”
—Cheryl R. Hild PhD
Graduate School of Business, Lincoln Memorial University
A Speaker With a Powerful Message
John Gregory Vincent spoke at both our local transportation in service program as well as our annual state conference. John possesses the unique ability to rev up and engage the attendees, while imparting relevant, applicable tools and advice. His expertise and delivery method is both unique and effective. Once you have seen and hear John speak you will never forget him or the knowledge he provides.
Wes Fleming – Director of Transportation
The majority of our clients, seeking training, begin either online or in person with our
Core Compass I Program. Click here to learn more.
Want to get going or get specific answers? Email our co-founder directly at email@example.com or give us a call directly at 828.202.7639. You can also just click HERE and grab a time that works for you.
The most practical, relevant and effective training I have ever been a part of. The time they take in learning the organization and then the powerful reinforcement they build into everything they do only enhances the great training.
John Gregory Vincent spoke at both our local transportation department in-service and at our annual state conference this year. He possesses the unique ability to rev up and engage the crowd, while imparting his wisdom and knowledge. John’s enthusiasm and engaging personality are unmatched. Once you have seen John speak, you will never forget it…….
What John and Deb have put together in The Submarine Way is nothing short of astonishing. They have managed to put lessons and insights it would take most of us a lifetime to learn into a few chapters. Their work is inspiring, thoughtful and, amazingly accessible. Follow their lead and success is virtually certain.
Why we do what we do
In 2016, a Keynote speech in South Carolina, to 400 business and community leaders caused such a deep, emotional, "we need to do something with this" reaction that our founder and President, Deb Fortin, was moved to act.
She left corporate America and wrote what would become the Amazon best selling book, Diversity and Inclusion The Submarine Way. A sharper focus of the company's mission followed, and success for our clients has been the measurable result.
Our model starts with this methodology and is combined with a system and process that is so unique it has a U.S. patent pending.
First focus on what is right with people, what they do best. Secondly, encourage partnering with others who are better at certain things.
To be your best, you must include others who have talents and expertise in needed areas, but areas outside your expertise.
We replace jobs with roles, to accomplish the mission.The Circle denotes these are all completely interrelated and continuous.
Click below and learn more about both of our bestselling leadership development books
Training that can change the world
Whether it is face to face, or through our Learning Management System
The Clemson Football team likes what they are getting!
Training that does not change behavior is training wasted. 90% of traditional training is forgotten within 30 days. It is called learning decay. We beat learning decay with a powerful one, two punch. First we deliver our programs with a variety of different media, live facilitators, videos and webinars. Secondly every program we conduct includes 3 – 6 months of reinforcement. So you leave training with better retention and then we work with you to ensure it is used, until it becomes muscle memory.