Innovative Advisors Inc

Experience the true meaning of teamwork with The Five Behaviors™.

About Us

Karen J. Ness
Karen J. Ness

Karen is the president and founder of Innovative Advisors, Inc. and enjoys utilizing her background in Human Services, Human Resources, and Business Management, along with her financial experience to serve her clients. She has past experience working at Barrick Goldstrike, where she worked in HR. Karen has had the pleasure of working side by side with people to help them find solutions to their needs or concerns. She finds it rewarding to help people understand the things they don’t know or discover something new. She is always asking people what they are excited about and looking for ways she can help them develop, identify and reach goals.

Karen’s favorite phrase when working with clients is that you don’t know what you don’t know, which is why she wants to help provide her clients the tools they need to be successful. Karen witnessed a similar passion to create something stunning and a drive to help others learn the tools necessary to be successful from her father who was the band director at Elko High School for many years. Karen’s plans for her clients echo this same mission and she often finds ways to let her creativity shine through.

Outside of the office, Karen can likely be found watching movies (her guilty pleasure are cheesy love stories), making good use of her creativity (baking, drawing, and decorating are some of her favorites), or spending time with family. She especially loves adoring, talking about, and spending time with her grandchildren.


  • The Five Bahaviors of a Cohesive Team

    Your Team Can Do Better. THE FIVE BEHAVIORS OF A COHESIVE TEAM is an assessment-based learning experience that helps individuals and organizations reveal what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team in the most approachable, competent, and effective way possible. Powered by Everything DiSC®, the profiles help participants understand their own DiSC® styles. Bringing together everyone’s personalities and preferences to form a cohesive, productive team takes work, but the payoff can be huge—for individuals, the team, and the organization.

    Learn ​why ​The ​Five ​Behaviors ​of ​a ​Cohesive ​Team™ ​is ​recognized ​as ​the ​proven ​solution ​for ​developing ​a ​productive, ​high-performing ​team.


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Facilitator Accreditation

Become an Accredited Facilitator for The Five Behaviors® Team Development to unlock organizations’ untapped potential with this breakthrough program. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or new to this team development solution, this course will increase your knowledge and strengthen your Five Behaviors facilitation skills.

With The Five Behaviors® Facilitator Accreditation, you will dive deep into the Five Behaviors model and facilitation best practices. This five-week course will help you build the confidence and expertise to navigate The Five Behaviors Team Development sessions, fine-tuning your skills to deliver an effective experience for any team.

Online Program Includes:

  • Five week course plus pre-work
  • Weekly 90-minute instructor-led sessions
  • Three to four hours of self-directed online study per week
  • Final exam
  • Accreditation certificate
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team eBook

Accreditation will be granted upon completion of the Wiley course and passing of the accompanying exam. Accreditation is valid for two years at which point you have the option to renew

The Five Behaviors offers SHRM credential-holders the opportunity to earn 19 professional development credits (PDCs) from the Society for Human Resource Management when they complete The Five Behaviors Facilitator Accreditation.

Start your journey toward building your confidence and competence in effectively delivering The Five Behaviors program!


Upcoming Classes

  • October 05 – November 09, 2022

    The Five Behaviors® Facilitator Accreditation-Clients: OCT 5 (2 PM Chicago/8 PM London)
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