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Press Release: Catapult Systems Turns to Rise Performance Group to Accelerate Growth of Managers’ Leadership Skills

DALLAS, April 3, 2013 – In an initiative to accelerate the growth of leadership skills among first and second level managers, Catapult Systems, a national IT consulting company, is now working with Rise Performance Group using the CheckPoint 360 leadership assessment tool.

Catapult Systems, based in Austin, Texas, is growing quickly, adding scores of employees each year as it develops and delivers technology solutions to customers nationwide. The 350-employee company has nine offices across the U.S. and turned to Rise Performance Group to help its business unit managers and other managers accelerate the growth of their leadership skills.

With the CheckPoint 360 system, managers receive feedback on their leadership skills from their superiors, their peers, and the people they manage. The tool focuses on eight management competencies, and once the assessment is complete, managers receive individual development plans and guidance regarding ways they can improve and be more effective. Subsequent applications of the CheckPoint 360 system can then assess how well managers have improved.

“We have implemented a new organizational structure as a foundation for continued growth, and as a result there are new people stepping into leadership roles,” explained Mark Whitmire, vice president of corporate development for Catapult Systems. “We want to do everything we can to help these people be successful and to make our operational leaders and managers as effective as possible.”

Whitmire said that Catapult Systems has used feedback from superiors, peers, and direct reports previously for helping improve employee performance, but turned to Rise Performance Group to take that to the next level with a focus on leadership skills.

“We believe it is essential to provide good leadership to our people and our clients,” Whitmire said. “Strong leadership skills will drive more business, foster more follow-on work, and result in happier clients and better employee retention.”

“High-performing companies have a culture in which they develop leaders at all levels,” said Mark Fenner, president of Rise Performance Group, “The CheckPoint 360 will enable Catapult to focus its resources and create a baseline from which future leadership training and development initiatives can be measured.”

About Catapult Systems
Catapult Systems is a national Microsoft-focused IT consulting company that provides application development, enterprise solutions and infrastructure services. Catapult Systems implements innovative technology solutions that enable our clients to achieve their business objectives while deriving the maximum value from their Microsoft technology investments. For more information, visit www.catapultsystems.com.

About Rise Performance Group
Rise Performance Group, founded on the belief that the right people are an organization’s greatest asset, offers a unique approach to helping organizations elevate performance. Rise Performance Group provides the tools, services, and expertise that can be applied to the entire talent management spectrum, from acquiring the best candidate for the job, engaging new employees into the culture, and identifying and developing leaders who can take the organization to the next level. For more information about the company, visit www.riseperformancegroup.com.


Kristine Tanzillo
Dux Public Relations

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