Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why are Practical Strategies ltd® (PS ltd) educational programs superior to that of their competitors?

There are no known similar programs in the marketplace that compare with those created by Practical Strategies ltd® in respect to quality, subject matter depth, easy to understand, easy to use, and/or dollar value.

All PS ltd programs are intentionally designed to be facilitated by individuals of any age who possess reasonable common sense, regardless whether the individual has been formally trained for classroom teaching.

Positive Leadership is Positive Influence. No more and no less. 

Practical Strategies ltd® premier Leadership Skills and Personal Growth Strategies educational programs are intentionally designed to be the products of choice for anyone aspiring to serve in leadership positions. Key principles such as ethical leadership, teamwork, and positive mental attitude are applied. Participants enjoy the many benefits that come from learning how to think. 

Employers value Practical Strategies ltd® coveted achievement-ladder programs. Completion of the entire curriculum peaks by the individual earning Master–Level Certification: Distinguished Achievement Certificate (Platinum)  

Each PS ltd program is based on American values and is a complete teaching system that includes lesson plans, facilitator/teacher narratives, PowerPoint slides, suggested classroom activities, etc. Without exception, lessons are specifically-designed to be taught by lay-facilitators in home schools, public schools, Native American reservation schools, charter schools, and within church groups, ethnic groups, community groups, and youth-focused organizations, and incorporate training environments. None of the Practical Strategies ltd® programs are either religious or political publications. 

Four components make these FUN programs complete while using common sense methods that make them easy to understand and they are immediately ready-to-use: 
  1. Inclusiveness – by applying historic one-room-school concepts, mixed-age, ethnic and academic-level participants are intentionally included in the same learning activities at the same time;  
  2. Close to home – no one is required to travel outside their home area;  
  3. Local Support – parents, communities, lay-facilitators, public school teachers and administrators support these programs;  
  4. Adaptability – Multiple lay-facilitators and classroom teachers working in a variety of environments validate that PS ltd-designed program materials are easily adaptable to anyone aspiring to serve in leadership positions, regardless of age (adolescent through mature adult) or attained academic level (elementary school through post-graduate degrees). 

 

Many civic, social, and service organizations willingly help community organizations finance the purchase of PS ltd educational materials because doing so is routinely within their reason for existing. Simply ask them. You will be amazed at their desire to help you. 

GUARANTEE: Practical Strategies ltd® products are 100% guaranteed. Return the undamaged product(s) with a copy of your proof of purchase and postage receipt. Full payment plus shipping, handling, and postage costs will be immediately refunded. Simple, unconditional, no-nonsense. No questions asked. 

 

2. Are the programs suitable for both adults and children?

Yes. Practical Strategies ltd® programs are appropriate for any age group.  

Adaptability – Multiple lay-facilitators and classroom teachers working in a variety of environments validate that PS ltd-designed program materials are easily adaptable to anyone aspiring to serve in leadership positions, regardless of age (adolescent through mature adult) or attained academic level (elementary school through post-graduate degrees). 

 

Each PS ltd program is based on American values and is a complete teaching system that includes lesson plans, facilitator/teacher narratives, PowerPoint slides, suggested classroom activities, etc. Without exception lessons are specifically-designed to be taught by lay-facilitators. None of the Practical Strategies ltd® programs are either religious or political publications. 

 

PS ltd programs fulfill most training requirements for: 

Corporate training

Religious groups

Continuing education units

3. How much time do lessons take to deliver?

Lessons are intentionally designed to enhance participant understanding of the material being presented. Lesson plans are designed for 30minute sessions. However, the length of time spent on activities and discussion can vary, depending on the facilitator’s judgment. 

4. What causes PS ltd designed programs to be most effective?

Time made available during class at the Facilitator’s discretion for Facilitator-Guided topic specific small group/large group and total classroom discussions. 

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Breadth and depth of curriculum content;
  • Intentional mixing and matching of participants to encourage face-to-face  communication with unfamiliar people;
  • Challenging participants to practice learning “How to Think” for themselves vs. following the noisy crowd;
  • Building positive Relationships;
  • Peer-to-peer interactions;
  • Peer-to-peer accountability
  • ALA class is “different” in a good way from most of the academic classes students take. 
  • There is a lot more “active” learning opportunities with ALA. 
  • Many ALA students have shown a marked improvement in their other classes both academically and in attitudes that have been attributed to ALA. 
  • Has greatly increased student’s confidence to be involved in activities and participate in their other classes.  Many students have improved their public speaking and overall communication skills. 
  • Students’ decision-making skills and abilities have improved. 
  • ALA has caused better support in the school and in athletics for peers of different academic and socio-economic backgrounds. 
  • ALA has provided many valuable learning experiences for students outside of the regular classroom setting 
  • There is a strong positive feeling for ALA within our school community.  

5. How long is the wait between ordering Practical Strategies ltd® products and when I can expect to receive the products I have ordered?

Orders are usually received within three weeks after ordering and receipt of payment. 

6. Are Practical Strategies ltd® products available online?

Yes. Practical Strategies ltd® products are available online. 

 A thumb drive for each Academy for Leadership Abilities® Facilitator System is available for purchase. Please contact sales@PracticalStrategies.org if you care to make a purchase. 

7. How do I place an order for PS ltd products?

Please place orders online through www.PracticalStrategies.org. 

If you are using a Purchase Order system or you are purchasing for a non-profit organization, simply email sales@PracticalStrategies.org with your order and we will send you an invoice. 

8. Are book bundles available for purchase?

If you wish to order the entire Academy for Leadership Abilities® Program library, please contact sales@PracticalStrategies.org for discount pricing. 

 Public and School Libraries Routinely Stack Their Shelves with Practical Strategies ltd® products. One complete set: $3,849.  

One complete set of Practical Strategies ltd® Library books, including those created for the Academy for Leadership Abilities® includes:  One Facilitator Guide and One Participant Workbook for the following topics:  

 

  1. Integrity/Ethics  
  2. Positive Mental Attitude  
  3. Personal Core Values  
  4. Leverage Your Strengths  
  5. Live Your Dreams  
  6. Decision Making  
  7. Personal Financial Strategies  
  8. Leadership  
  9. Relationships  
  10. Inner Circle Team Building  
  11. Equipping Self and Others. 
  12. Personal Growth Primer Vol 1 
  13. Personal Growth Primer Vol 2 
  14. Integrity for Middle and High Schools  

 

Plus: True Appalachian Stories: 

  1. Ohio River Trekking on a Small Budget 
  2. The Sally and Bert Kozma Story 
  3. The Personal Memoirs of Russell Kent Tippett, Vol 1 

 

Available Bundled Packages 

  1. One individual set of books is available at the current listed full price. One Facilitator Guide and One Participant Workbook. 
  2.  One bundle of three sets of books is available for a 10% discount.  (One Facilitator Guide and One Participant Workbook).  
  3. One bundle of five sets of books is available for a 15% discount. (One Facilitator Guide and One Participant Workbook) 
  4. Bulk purchase of Facilitator Guides and/or Participant Workbooks are available at a reduced price depending on the number of books being purchased. 

 

9. What is the recommended Subject Matter Topic priority order for anyone aspiring to serve in positions preferring leadership skills and/or the study of personal growth strategies?

Each Practical Strategies ltd® Facilitator Guide and Participant Workbook, created for the Academy for Leadership Abilities®, is a complete, easy to understand/easy to use, stand alone program.   

To grasp the likely best foundational building blocks of Leadership Skills and Personal Growth Strategies, the recommended order of study is:

1) Integrity/Ethics

2) Positive Mental Attitude

3) Personal Core Values

4) Leverage Your Strengths

5) Live Your Dreams

6) Decision Making

7) Personal Financial Strategies

8) Leadership

9) Relationships

10) Inner Circle Team Building

11) Equipping Self and Others.   

10. What is Practical Strategies ltd® (PS ltd)?

PS ltd is a for-profit privately-owned consulting company that was formed by Russell K. Tippett and Cindy Baden Tippett in Oct 2005 and is legally registered with the Ohio Secretary of State. 

Cindy and Russ are co-founders of PS ltd. Russ is President and Chief Executive Officer; Cindy is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. 

Connie J. Cassady is PS ltd Senior Executive Assistant to both Russ and Cindy. Connie, Cindy and Russ have worked together for more than 35 years. 

11. WHAT is the Practical Strategies ltd® MISSION (Purpose)?

The Practical Strategies ltd® Mission is to share our combined 65-plus years-experience with anyone who aspires to serve in leadership positions. 

Russ & Cindy Tippett1are committed sharing their vast experiences in the field of education to help change the hearts and minds of anyone aspiring to serve in leadership and to be informed patriots. By teaching the Constitution and the Bill of Rights underlying principles of liberty, our goal is to ensure a positive change for the future. 

Practical Strategies ltd® principals (Cindy and Russ) began writing grants, conducting leadership growth workshops for various government, not-for-profit organizations, and were highly focused on helping Appalachian Ohio with economic growth projects (for about the first seven years of operations). Cindy and Pap tired of “Big Toad in Little Puddle” local politics and struck out on our own – and we are so very glad we did. 

Cindy and Russ began intense, highly-focused, self-study for the purpose of creating Leadership Skills and Personal Growth Strategies educational programs. We each have well-over 30-years-experience in the field of Technical Education, domestically and internationally. Coupled with our technical education experience, both having post graduate degrees plus many years of practical field-experience. Having worked closely together for more than 35 years, Cindy, Connie and Russ are very well qualified to help others achieve their self-defined satisfying life.  

 Visit  www.PracticalStrategies.orgfor further info about our individual professional histories. 

12. WHEN and WHERE does the Practical Strategies ltd® Team do their work?

The Practical Strategies ltd® Team is, and will always be, composed of highly effective, highly skilled, ethical caring professionals. Russ and Cindy place extremely high value on any PS ltd representative who projects a sustained Positive Mental Attitude and “Can Do” mindset. 

OUR Practical Strategies ltd® VISION 

Rationale 

 

“Get the right people on the bus, in the right seats, doing the right work, 

and get the wrong people off the bus quickly but humanely.” 

~ Russell K. Tippett and Cindy Baden Tippett 

 

The Christian Holy Bible makes reference to the number seven (7) 860 times. 

 Practical Strategies ltd® principals believe there is a strong message and strong medicine in the number seven. We seriously heed that intriguing number seven.  

Particulars 

President and Chief Executive Officer Russell K. Tippett and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Cindy Baden Tippett envision our Practical Strategies ltd® Ohio headquarters location housing our company with not more than seven highly experienced, highly skilled, independent contractor practitioners routinely performing work required at their chosen regional work site in their specific area of expertise on an as-needed basis. 

 We also envision a team of seven legally contracted highly ethical sales and service practitioners promotingPractical Strategies ltd® copyrighted products worldwide. 

Each Practical Strategies ltd® sales and service practitioner will earn their PS ltd-related income according to the effort with which each individual is willing to invest their time, attention and skill into selling PS ltd copyrighted products. 

The Practical Strategies ltd® Team is not expected topunch a time clock.Being a team of highly skilled professionals, each individual is trusted to do what needs to be done to the best of their ability in a superior quality manner and the work is trusted to be completed when it needs to be completed. 

Practical Strategies ltd® is aligned with the 20-year research project and described in the book: Collins, J. and Hansen, M.T. (2011). Great By Choice, Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. 

 (There is potential for each of these seven sales and service practitionersto secure their own team of not more than seven highly ethical practitioners, with salaries being arranged and paid by each employing practitioner.) 

 All Practical Strategies ltd® sales and service practitioners will be employedaccording to their individually agreed upon and signed legal contract.  

 

One hundred years from now, Practical Strategies ltd® programming 

will have helped ten million people understand 

how highly effective, ethical, caring leaders think and act. 

~ Russell K. Tippett & Cindy Baden Tippett 

 

13. Is there a potential opportunity for me to become formally affiliated with Practical Strategies ltd® as an Independent Contractor earning money?

Possibly. Russ and Cindy are committed to focusing on our Practical Strategies ltd® mission and determining how best to accomplishing it. THAT is WHY we are very selective about whom we allow to become a member of our PS ltd Team. 

14. What is the Academy for Leadership Abilities® (ALA)?

ALA functions as an informal unit within the Perry County Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities, a political sub-division of local government. Superintendent David C. Couch, Cindy Baden Tippett and Russell K. Tippett are co-founders of the Academy for Leadership Abilities®. ALA is guided by a seven-member, regional, Citizen’s Advisory Board. The Board has, three separate times, approved the ALA five-year Strategic Plan.  ALA DOES NOT operate with state of Ohio financial support. All expenditures come from local funding sources. 

 

Academy for Leadership Abilities® 

Positive Youth Leadership is Positive Youth Influence. No more and no less. 

The Academy for Leadership Abilities® (ALA) premier Leadership Skills and Personal Growth Strategies educational programs for kids 12 – 18 years of age are the products of choice for anyone aspiring to be in leadership. Key principles such as ethical leadership, teamwork and positive mental attitude are applied. Participants enjoy the many benefits that come from learning how to think. 

This coveted achievement-ladder program peaks by earning Master–Level Certification: Distinguished Achievement Certificate (Platinum)  

 

Level No. 1 Exceptional Achievement Certificate (Bronze) 

Integrity/Ethics Certificate 

Positive Mental Attitude Certificate (PMA) 

Personal Core Values Certificate  

Leverage Your Strengths Certificate  

Live Your Dreams Certificate  

 

 Level No. 2 Prestigious Achievement Certificate (Silver) 

Personal Financial Strategies Certificate  

Decision Making Certificate  

Leadership Certificate  

Positive Mental Attitude Certificate  

Team Building Certificate  

 

Level No. 3 Superior Achievement Certificate (Gold) 

R — Relationships Certificate  

E — Equipping Self and Others Certificate  

A — Positive Mental Attitude Certificate  

L — Leadership Certificate  

15. Who is Russell K. “Pap” Tippett and Cindy Baden Tippett?

Cindy and Russ have worked together for more than 40 years, beginning at Hocking College, Nelsonville, OH and continuing today in our home. Pap’s not brave enough to tell you Cindy’s age, but Pap will turn 78 years of age June 21, 2020. Cindy is 14 years younger than Pap.  

We both are participants of failed marriages and have grown children: Cindy with two grown sons, and two grandsons; Russ with five grown children, four daughters and one son, four grandsons, three granddaughters, one great granddaughter and two great grandsons (Russ thinks?). Cindy and Pap cherish Pap’s little blonde girlfriend “Pax Three”, our threeyearold Golden Retriever. Plus, we have twoASSISTANT KIDSthat we have inducted into our Tippett Clan: Honduras Native and Naturalized American Citizen Ramon Antunez, his wife Charity and daughter Reagan, and Seth Snyder and his wife, Jessica Lynn. 

 In combination, we have about 40 former students that we have collected over the years while working at the college, plus a few other strays. There are so many kids, grandkids and great grandkids that Russ tattooed them in the ear so we can tell which ones belong to whom. 

Cindy & Russ “Pap” married each other Nov 23, 2020. The wedding ceremony was at Burr Oak Lake State Park Lodge, about four miles from our home here on the Rim of the World, Morgan County, OH. The wedding ceremony was a family only affair. Family members attending numbered 47, 10 to 12 others were unable to attend for one reason or another. 

16. What is the difference between Practical Strategies ltd® (PS ltd) and the Academy for Leadership Abilities® (ALA)?

Practical Strategies ltd® is a private for-profit consulting firm contracted by the Perry County Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities (PCBDD) to conduct several specific training projects over an approximate ten-year period.  

 The Academy for Leadership Abilities (ALA) functions as an informal unit within the Perry County Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities, a political sub-division of local government. Superintendent David C. Couch, Cindy Baden Tippett and Russell K. Tippett are co-founders of the Academy for Leadership Abilities®. 

 The Academy for Leadership Abilities® curriculum facilitates youth to become leaders in their circles of life.  Each of the curriculum subject matters consists of a Facilitator Guide and a Participant guide. ALA derives its strength from the relationships which develop when participants learn and grow together as they work through the curriculum. 

17. How is ALA different from other leadership programs?

The uniqueness of ALA is its ability to be local in presentation and learning.  ALA brings leadership development right into the community and the life of participants.  ALA can bring together people from diverse backgrounds into one group while simultaneously learning to be leaders 

18. Who can participate in ALA?

Anyone who aspires to serve in leadership positions can participate in ALA.  The ALA curriculum was developed to bring together students with developmental disabilities with student leaders to challenge them to lead together.  The success of these efforts led to the sharing of the curriculum and concepts to other situations in the local community.  Any person who wants to learn to lead can work through the ALA curriculum in a variety of settings and begin to develop leadership skills. 

Practical Strategies ltd®, the Perry County Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities, and the Academy for Leadership Abilities® does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of their activities or operations. The activities include, but are not limited to, participants in training, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for training participants, members of staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, independent contractors, and vendors. 

19. What rules govern ALA?

ALA, as a curriculum, can be used in any setting.  It is a set of life principles.  ALA does not come with any particular restrictions beyond what is contained in the principles being taught.   

 Practical Strategies ltd®, the Perry County Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities, and the Academy for Leadership Abilities® does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of their activities or operations. The activities include, but are not limited to, participants in training, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for training participants, members of staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, independent contractors, and vendors. 

20. Is training available for facilitating ALA? 

ALA curriculum is easy to use and does not require any special training.  However, if some people prefer training in facilitating, “Equip the Facilitator” training is available. 

21. What is the over-arching goal of the Practical Strategies ltd® Team?

Practical Strategies ltd® co-founders, Russ Tippett and Cindy Baden Tippett truly believe that we have been placed on this earth for the specific purpose of creating Leadership Skills and Personal Growth Strategies educational programming.  

We both are blessed with attitudes, skills, abilities, and work ethics that have led us to the vast arenas of university and technical education, related practical experiences domestically and internationally, and the sincere desire to share our experiences with anyone aspiring to serve in leadership positions. 

We have concluded that we are obligated to help cause positive change in reference to the severe social divide in the World’s Society by providing access to effective action-oriented POWER OF CURRICULUM tools that ordinary citizens can easily use in their HOME community. By working as a team, the impact will be amazing. Together we will achieve the IMPOSSIBLE; transforming the negative mindset of vast numbers of dedicated citizens, one community at a time. 

Meaning: a minimum of one individual passes Power of Curriculum information on to one other individual who passes it on to one other person in their HOME community. Doing so will plant the seeds of much-needed dramatic positive social change around the entire world. 

TEAMWORK really DOES make the DREAM WORK!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens 

can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 

~ Margaret Mead