Story and History

Productive Training Services Story

A passion for professional development, the power of selfless attitudes, and the dignity of every person.

Our founder Joe Tabers was inspired by good leaders at a young age to study high-performance human behavior. Along the way he also researched how to improve behaviors with interactive adult-learning principles. What he discovered was that  interactive, hands-on, experiential approaches to skill-development consistently gained the best results! As a enthusiastic reader, goal-setter and self-improvement advocate – once he experienced the value of this powerful learning approach in his own life, Joe became committed to bringing interactive learning and professional development to as many others as possible.

Initially sub-contracting with two national training firms for several years, Productive Training Services was finally incorporated in 1988 and ventured out with communication and team improvement training.
The word productive (achieving or producing good results or a significant amount of positive results) captured both our strong work ethic and desire to help others keep growing and improving.

Our first two courses, effective presentation skills and quality customer service generated impressive client results and earned top ratings, and we grew from there. With proven, interactive course design and a growing track record, Productive Training Services slowly added client-driven team communication, supervisory and eventually leadership development courses.

Fast forward since 1988 to 2021 our Productive Training team has helped nearly 400 organizations and thousands of leaders and teams across the country to be more effective. Since the majority of our business is from repeat customers and referrals, we would love to have an opportunity to do the same for your organization.

Today you will still get a user-friendly (but more seasoned) talent development firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We work best with organizations that are serious about helping their leaders and teams improve the skills necessary for greater organizational effectiveness, better service and profitability. Many of our clients are manufacturing, engineering, construction and technology firms; however we also serve a variety of other organizations and clients when there is a good fit for our services.

Contact us to explore some of the ways we can help strengthen your leaders, teams, customer loyalty and profitability.

Why Utilize Productive Training Services?

  • We Believe an organization is best when its people are at their best
  • We care about bringing out the best in people and their improvement
  • We use our validated, time-tested, interactive, adult-learning approach
  • We thrive on helping others to grow, improve and better serve/contribute
  • We have supported talent development and performance improvement for over 30 years
  • Over 90% of customers hire us back for additional work or services
  • We love what we do and are passionate about making a positive difference
  • We have served organizations in almost all 50 states and four countries
  • We are easy to work with and our results often pay for your investment
  • We believe that servant leadership and teamwork breeds success
  • We will do great work with your team – satisfaction guaranteed!

Or you can call or e-mail us today to discuss your specific needs.
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