PeopleFirst HR Solutions

Let PeopleFirst transform your organization today with Everything DiSC®.

About Us

Ian Walker, Certified Trainer
Ian Walker - Managing Partner, PeopleFirst HR Solutions (Certified Trainer)

Who is PeopleFirst HR Solutions?

Nestled among the bluffs and on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River, PeopleFirst HR Solutions, Inc. is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, with affiliate experts and offices spread throughout Wisconsin and the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. PeopleFirst has been providing human resources expertise to small, medium, and large companies, as well as higher education and major healthcare institutions for over ten years. Our team’s expertise, however, spans over fifteen decades and encompasses a wide variety of human resource and business expertise.

A Personal Approach

Your business is unique. We take a personal approach in working with our clients and strive for long-term partnerships in providing solutions. We evaluate your business needs and customize an HR solution to meet your requirements and address your challenges.

Human resources needs span many functions and we are prepared to guide you through them all. Our suite of solutions includes full service career transition, custom coaching, leadership development, search & recruitment, and human resources solutions that cover assessments, benefits consulting, compliance, employee relations coaching for managers/supervisors, policy and handbook development, and employee training facilitation. We also offer a broad range of Interim Leadership Solutions.
Why Use an HR Consultant?

Today more than ever successful businesses understand that their most critical asset is people. Leading and managing diverse employee groups can be challenging and complicated. The expertise and knowledge of our team spans many years and covers the full range of human resources issues. Having a trusted partner to help your organization succeed and meet its goals is the reason to engage PeopleFirst's team of experts.

Testimonials For PeopleFirst HR Solutions

  • Ian’s nature is to bring out the best in people and I have personally experienced just that. He will always listen intently and respectfully guide me to make a well-thought out decision. I admire his hard work and ability to be resilient. I would absolutely recommend Ian to anyone looking for a smart, humble, servant leader.

    Nate Loeffelholz, AIA Director of Architecture


  • Everything DiSC® Workplace

    Everything DiSC Workplace® can be used with everyone in an organization, regardless of title or role, to improve the quality of the workplace.

    Everything DiSC Workplace is classroom training that uses online pre-work, engaging facilitation with contemporary video, and online follow-up to create a personalized learning experience. Participants understand and appreciate the styles of the people they work with. The result is more effective and productive working relationships.

    Everything DiSC Workplace focuses on:
    Discovering Your DiSC Style
    Understanding Other Styles
    Building More Effective Relationships
    Includes Optional People-Reading Module
    Make the program work for you
    Everything DiSC Workplace is the most in-depth, easily customizable DiSC-based workplace-development solution available. Workplace-specific, personalized content creates an in-depth learning experience.

  • Everything DiSC® Management

    Everything DiSC® Management is classroom training that uses online pre-work, engaging facilitation with contemporary video, and online follow-up to create a personalized learning experience.

    Participants learn how to read the styles of the people they manage. The result is managers who adapt their styles to manage more effectively.

    Your DiSC Management Style
    Directing and Delegating
    Improving Employee Motivation
    Employee Development
    Working with Your Manager
    Everything DiSC Management is the most in-depth and easily customizable DiSC-based management-training solution available. Management-specific personalized content creates an in-depth learning experience.

  • Everything DiSC® Work of Leaders

    Everything DiSC Work of Leaders® is classroom training that uses online pre-work, engaging facilitation with contemporary video, and online follow-up to create a personalized learning experience. Based on best practices, Work of Leaders connects unique leadership styles to real-world demands, generating powerful conversations that provide a clear path for action.

    Everything DiSC Work of Leaders approaches leadership as a one-to-many relationship, as opposed to the one-to-one relationship explored in Everything DiSC® Management. It focuses on tangible steps directed at leading a group or organization toward desired outcomes.

    Using the framework of Vision, Alignment, and Execution, Work of Leaders encourages leaders to understand their own leadership styles and how they impact their effectiveness.

  • Everything DiSC® Sales

    Everything DiSC® Sales is classroom training that uses online pre-work, engaging facilitation with contemporary video, and online follow-up to create a personalized learning experience. Participants learn how to read the styles of their customers. The result is salespeople who adapt their styles to connect better—and close more sales.

    Everything DiSC Sales focuses on three vital areas:
    Understanding Your DiSC Sales Style
    Recognizing and Understanding Customer Buying Styles
    Adapting Your Sales Style to Your Customer’s Buying Style
    Make the Program Work for You
    Everything DiSC Sales is the most in-depth and easily customizable DiSC-based sales-training solution available.

    Sales-specific, personalized content creates an in-depth learning experience. Modular design and online tailoring features allow you to design a customized program that’s right for your organization.


  • Everything DiSC® 363

    Finally, a 360 for DiSC® users! But Everything DiSC 363® for Leaders isn't just any 360. It combines the best of 360s with the simplicity and power of DiSC, plus three personalized strategies for improving leadership effectiveness. The result is a 360° experience that's more productive and satisfying.

    First, we took the sting out of 360 feedback.
    For many leaders, 360s can be a frustrating experience. Open-ended comments can be unfocused and unhelpful and can even derail the learning process. With our exclusive selectable comments feature, CommentSmart, raters can give focused, balanced, constructive feedback—that the leader can actually use.

    Then, we made it easier to understand and use.
    Clear visuals and a conversational narrative style interpret and explain the data, making the report easy to understand and use.


  • Executive and Business Coaching

    Our coaching involves the ability to understand you: to think how you think, and understand your perspective
    From this benchmark, we will place another perspective on top of yours – stretching and growing you to gently see a more empowering way
    Coaching is foreseeing, paving the way, coming alongside you while helping you achieve goals and overcome limiting paradigms
    We integrate Everything DiSC® and other assessment tools into the coaching experience
    Certified, experienced coaching with real life business leadership

  • Training (Learning and Development)

    We have years of experience in facilitating and leading training across a number of key areas
    Let us customize and brand a program to suit your needs such as:
    - New Leader Development Program
    - Conflict Management
    - Communication Strategies
    - Team Building
    - Servant Leadership
    - Sales Leadership

    Three Rivers Leadership Academy
    Are you a great leader or merely a leader? If you desire to become a more effective leader, it is time to join the 
Three Rivers Leadership Academy.
    This comprehensive supervisory/management series delivers the fundamentals an individual needs to know in order to achieve supervisory success, build the skills needed to excel in their supervisory role and enhance their value to the organization. The session topics include:
    - Supervisory Challenges
    - Everything DiSC
    - Diversity
    - StrengthsFinder 2.0
    - Communication
    - Change Management
    - Motivation
    - Conflict Resolution
    - Risk Management
    - Leadership

  • Consulting and Leadership Assessments

    Let us work with you and your team on addressing your specific needs in the following areas:
    - Organizational Design aligned to your Business
    - Leadership and Executive Assessment
    - Succession Planning
    - Mergers and Acquisitions
    - Talent Development
    - Employee Engagement
    - Staffing and Workforce Planning

    Leadership Assessment
    We can utilize several different tools to assess your team and organization that best suits your needs including:
    Customized Leadership Assessment
    - Full review of organization structure, leadership team and relationships/influence
    - Detailed report and follow-up with action plan, aligned to your business objectives
    Everything DiSC® ”Work of Leaders” Assessment
    - Using the framework of Vision, Alignment, and Execution, Work of Leaders encourages leaders to understand their own and teams leadership styles
    Everything DiSC® "363" Assessment
    - Integrate the industry leading "363" Assessment into your overall Leadership Assessment Strategy

  • HR Solutions (Benefits and Compensation, Background checks, HR Assessments & Hotline)

    At PeopleFirst, we understand that every company’s challenges are unique and require specialized attention. Our team of professional Human Resources consultants has a proven track record of delivering bottom-line results. We are available for specific projects or on an ongoing basis. We can provide:

    - Certified Benefit Consultants
    - Compensation Consultants
    - Background Checks

    HR Assessments
    - Diagnostics
    - Exit Interviews & Surveys
    - HR Compliance Audits
    - Organizational Assessments and Succession Planning

    - Affirmative Action Plans
    - Employee Handbooks
    - Discrimination & Harassment Awareness Training

    HR Hotline
    - Do you need a place to turn when you do not know exactly what to do for guidance, 
advice, and counsel? Let us help you answer questions

  • Search and Recruitment

    Retained: Executive/C Level project searches with fee based on position compensation. We guarantee our work and focus on quality outcomes and customer satisfaction.


Contract Recruitment: Delivers both quality and cost containment with a minimum and maximum fee for each search with an hourly rate to conduct the project itself.

Exclusive Contingency: Search cost is % of the position’s compensation and we only accept exclusive assignments. We use the latest electronic sourcing methods and focus on accurate and timely project completions.

Everything DiSC® Certification

Choose your learning format:

Everything DiSC® Certification

In Person

The in-person, Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification begins with online, self-directed learning and culminates in two days of practical application facilitated by Wiley's expert trainers. With Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification, participants will:

  • Gain expertise in the Everything DiSC® model and supporting research
  • Discover how to apply the Everything DiSC Workplace reports to daily interactions
  • Customize the Everything DiSC Workplace program to meet specific participant needs
  • Navigate challenging scenarios that could arise during a workshop or coaching session
  • Create strategies to promote a DiSC®-based culture
  • Explore MyEverythingDiSC® and discover how to utilize it as an ongoing development tool
This course is held at the Education Center in Minneapolis, MN or in London, England.

Upcoming Classes

  • December 03 – December 04, 2019

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • January 28 – January 29, 2020

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • February 25 – February 26, 2020

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • March 24 – March 25, 2020

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
  • May 05 – May 06, 2020

    Two days of live facilitated learning in Minneapolis
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Everything DiSC Workplace® Certification


Everything DiSC Workplace Certification is your best resource to gain foundational knowledge and tools for facilitating Everything DiSC. Designed with your busy schedule in mind, this online course gives you the flexibility of self-paced learning, paired with live-collaborative sessions led by Wiley’s expert trainers.

Increase your confidence and competence in delivering Everything DiSC Workplace in your organization. This course offers rigorous new content on the principles of the DiSC® model and the supporting research. During the live sessions, you will practice facilitating small groups and explore challenging scenarios that could arise during workshops. You’ll also learn how to keep Everything DiSC alive within your organization by creating a culture of DiSC and explore MyEverythingDiSC, the mobile-friendly, interactive learning portal that is exclusive to Everything DiSC.

This program Includes:

  • Four modules of self-directed and live collaborative learning (each requiring three to five hours of time per week), conducted over a four week period
  • Active knowledge checks to help participants assess how well they understand the content and to improve learning and retention
  • Final Certification exam (self-directed/graded activity)

Start your journey toward building your confidence and competence in effectively delivering Everything DiSC Workplace!

Upcoming Classes

  • January 02 – January 30, 2020

    Live session each Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30pm CT
  • February 05 – March 04, 2020

    Live session each Wednesday from 9:00 – 10:30am CT
  • February 05 – March 04, 2020

    Live session each Wednesday from 1:00 – 2:30pm CT
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Featured Skills

  • Executive Coaching
  • Training Facilitation
  • Organizational Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Mergers and Aquisitions
  • Communication Strategies


  • Certified Everything DiSC Trainer
  • Authorized Partner
  • John Maxwell Certified Member