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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

Description:
The DC Area OD Practitioners CoP provides a supportive and learning community for new and experienced practitioners, both internal and external.

Our mission and vision is to:
● Provide an opportunity for people to learn from the presenters and their colleagues.
● Share successes and challenges in working with clients.
● Enhance participants’ competence and confidence in their OD work.

Meeting Frequency:
First Thursday of the month, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., September through June.

Meeting Venue:
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room B
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
Convenient to Bethesda Metro.
Note: Because there is a monthly charge for the room, a $5.00 contribution from each person is appreciated.

Directions:  The address is 4805 Edgemoor Lane in downtown Bethesda, off Old Georgetown Rd. and near the Metro.  There is a County parking garage below the building on Edgemoor Lane.  When you get out of your car go to the elevator.  When you get in it you will see the button for the floor for the BCC Service Center.  When you get off the elevator, to the left on the building you will see another sign pointing to the entrance to the Center.  Our meeting will be on the second floor, Room B. These instructions may seem more complicated than they actually are.

Leader: Mark Sachs
email: ma.sachs@verizon.net
phone: 301-588-3858
Mark Sachs has been an external OD consultant and executive coach for more than 15 years and he works with clients in the areas of organizational diagnosis, managing change, teamwork, and boundary management. He holds a Masters degree in Organization Development from the American University/NTL Institute Program, and BA and MA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University. Mark is an International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Upcoming events

    • 01 Mar 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Service Center, Bethesda, MD
    Register

    DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

    Topic: Objectifying Trust: Seven Key Considerations

    Trust is considered by many to be an essential element for developing and maintaining relationships, but describing what trust is can be hard. One reason for the challenge is that trust can mean many different things to different people, making it difficult to align expectations around behaviors commonly used to assess, or measure the presence of trust.

    Join us for an interactive introduction to the Tree of Trust® diagnostic tool used to reveal and objectify factors critical to building trust, and the impact of those factors on the existence, or development of distrust. Based on three years of R&D by Paris think tank Institut Confiances, The Tree of Trust® is being used by industry and in government to uncover reasons for distrust that impact organizational performance, while revealing opportunities to develop trust and improve professional relationships.

    During this session, participants will be engaged in an examination of the seven key factors that can have an impact on generating trust or distrust at individual, corporate, institutional, regional and global levels. At the core of the conversation will be here key questions:

    1. When relationships are impacted by issues involving trust, is the existence of distrust a consequence, or a cause of the issue?
    2. As OD practitioners, how can we quickly and accurately objectify and measure trust/distrust behaviors and practices at individual, team, or organizational levels?
    3. How can we raise clients’ consciousness about what to change in order to reinforce trust relations?

    We hope you will join us to participate in the discussion.   

    Presenter:  Brenda Harrington

    Brenda Harrington is the founder of Adaptive Leadership Strategies, LLC. She works with private, public and nonprofit organizations to improve operational results by helping leaders and key individual contributors expand leadership capacity and improve team performance. Her operational career includes management positions with Mobil Oil and AT&T, and an executive leadership position with a Washington, DC management and consulting firm.

    An area of specialization for Brenda is global mobility, addressing challenges associated with international assignments and projects that can interfere with the achievement of business objectives. As a Moderator in the Corporate Learning Division of Harvard Business School Publishing (HBP), Brenda facilitates virtual leadership development courses for HBP corporate clients worldwide. Closer to home, she directs the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Forum, a national thought leadership organization providing peer-to-peer professional development for second-in-command executives. 

    Brenda received her Certification for Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. She is also a Strategic Partner of TrustInside®, the Paris-based developer of the Tree of Trust® barometer used to diagnose and evaluate organizational challenges related to the erosion of trust, and development of distrust in companies, institutions, government and society. 

    CoP Leader:  Mark Sachs, ma.sachs@verizon.net

    Cancellation Policy: Registrants should contact Mark if they need to cancel.  Due to the room size, registrations will be limited so please contact Mark soonest if you register but are then unable to attend so others can register and attend instead.

    Additional Notes:  A $5.00 per person contribution is requested to help pay for rental of the room.

    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Service Center, Bethesda, MD
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    DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

    Topic: What It’s Like To Do International OD Work

    Description:  Organization development work in countries outside of the United States appears to be increasing.  It often requires openness to different cultures and regions and people’s perspectives on the world of work and life.  It also includes data gathering, designing an OD intervention(s), facilitating the sessions, and managing the client, organizational, and cultural challenges.  In this session the very experienced presenters will explore how to successfully combine organizational development and international work, which is often not an easy task. It will also be an opportunity for you to share any experiences you may have had in doing this work and to learn from others if you haven’t done so.

    Presenters:  Stephan Dix and Pam Ex

    Stephan brings more than 25 years of work in OD and management for private and public sector organizations including USAID Global Health, the United Nations, and the World Bank. He has managed many millions of dollars for foreign humanitarian assistance, economic development, and community capacity building programs in the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa, the South Pacific, Asia, and Europe. 

    He has facilitated office retreats, roundtables, workshops, focus groups, and team building events with Ambassadors, Presidents, Government Ministers, and Senior Executive Officers.

    He has holds an MS degree in Development Management from American University, a Life and Career Coaching Certificate from the Coaches Training Institute, and a certificate in Organizational Development, Change Management, and Adult Training Skills from Georgetown University.  He speaks French, Arabic, and Haitian Creole.

    Pam has extensive experience as a coach and trainer in the international workplace.  She has trained thousands of clients from 35 countries, including Ambassadors and CEOs in various industries and professions. Her work has included training leaders on global leadership competencies in their organizations.  In addition, her work has helped leaders increase their cross-cultural knowledge.  Pam has been a featured speaker at international conferences and she has been the author of international business articles.

    She has an International MBA from the University of South Carolina and she is an ICF ACC certified coach.  She is also fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

    CoP Leader:  Mark Sachs, ma.sachs@verizon.net

    Cancellation Policy: Registrants should contact Mark if they need to cancel.  Due to the room size, registrations will be limited so please contact Mark soonest if you register but are then unable to attend so others can register and attend instead.

    Additional Notes:  A $5.00 per person contribution is requested to help pay for rental of the room.

    • 03 May 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Service Center, Bethesda, MD
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    DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

    Topic: Storytelling - A Powerful Tool for Professional Success and Personal Fulfillment

    Storytelling has long been used to educate, motivate, inspire and unify. It is perhaps the oldest and most organic form of passing knowledge and wisdom from one generation to the next. There is renewed interest in storytelling, as researchers have discovered a powerful link between the stories we tell and the outcomes we experience. In short, storytelling is not just descriptive – it is also predictive! The stories we tell about can:

    • Create a vision for personal and professional success
    • Galvanize support for an idea, proposal, project or initiative
    • Help leaders, supervisors and team members communicate a message to influence action and change

    It is vital for personal and professional fulfillment and success to be mindful and intentional of the stories we tell about ourselves and our journey. That will be the focus of this session. It will be an experiential mini-workshop focused on helping participants begin to create the stories that will pave the path to personal fulfillment and professional success.

    Presenter:  Jackie Bsharah

    Jackie is an evidenced-based, results-oriented Organization Development consultant and executive coach specializing in change readiness, transformational learning, mindset, and group dynamics. She has a Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University and she is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). As a former broadcast journalist for The Associated Press, Jackie has a keen understanding of how storytelling can influence and shape individual and group learning and development.

    In addition to her work as a consultant and executive coach, Jackie is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where she was awarded the Tropaia Award for Outstanding Faculty. She teaches graduate courses on organizational leadership, effective team building, consulting skills and diversity and inclusion.

    CoP Leader:  Mark Sachs, ma.sachs@verizon.net

    Cancellation Policy: Registrants should contact Mark if they need to cancel.  Due to the room size, registrations will be limited so please contact Mark soonest if you register but are then unable to attend so others can register and attend instead.

    Additional Notes:  A $5.00 per person contribution is requested to help pay for rental of the room.

Past events

01 Feb 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Moving Dialogues: A Movement-Based Methodology"
04 Jan 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Can Mindfulness Practices Enhance Your Use-of-Self?"
14 Dec 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Having Fun Learning: Team Development Games That for Some Reason Work Around the World – Part II"
02 Nov 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Leadership Coaching and OD"
05 Oct 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners Community of Practice - A New Look at Use of Self
07 Sep 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners Community of Practice - An Appreciative Approach for Thriving through Conflict
01 Jun 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - Having Fun Learning: Team Development Games That for Some Reason Work Around the World
04 May 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - Neurology for OD Practitioners
06 Apr 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "So, Are You Interested in Becoming an External OD Practitioner?"
02 Mar 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - The Focused Conversation Method - Reclaiming Conversations in Diverse Stakeholder Groups
02 Feb 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "How to Be a Better Collaborator"
05 Jan 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Food for Thought"
01 Dec 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "External OD Consulting - Managing Work and Career Uncertainties"
03 Nov 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Journey Management Workshop..."
06 Oct 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Your Development..."
01 Sep 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "From Science to Practice..."
02 Jun 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Doing the OD Tango"
05 May 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "The Five (Simple) Practices of Exemplary Leadership"
07 Apr 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "What Happens After You Leave?"
03 Mar 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Crafting a Partnership that Works"
04 Feb 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Using Simulated Experience to Develop Managers"
07 Jan 2016 New OD Practitioner's CoP - "Case Study of a New Performance Feedback Program"
03 Dec 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Three Inextricable Links Between Leadership & Organizational Development"
05 Nov 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Aspects of Life"
01 Oct 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Design Thinking"
03 Sep 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Deliver Workshops That Bring In Clients"
04 Jun 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Swimming in Symbolism: Using Imagery as a Change Tool"
07 May 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Powerfully Agile Thinking"
02 Apr 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Others"
05 Mar 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Design Thinking"-CANCELLED
05 Feb 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Building Your OD Reputation One Piece At a Time"
08 Jan 2015 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Ethical Dilemmas for OD Practitioners"
04 Dec 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Constellations - A Sea Change in Change Methodologies"
06 Nov 2014 Cancelled: New OD Practitioners SIG - "Design Thinking"
02 Oct 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "The Case for OD Partnership During Executive Transitions"
04 Sep 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Action Learning for Leadership Development"
05 Jun 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Navigating Personal and Professional Change with Robust Support Systems"
03 Apr 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "What Leads to Success!"
06 Mar 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "The Metrics of Any Organizational Performance"
06 Feb 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Polarity Thinking and Approach: A Meta-theory for Consultant/Coaches to Use for Organizations, Teams, and Leaders"
02 Jan 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "How to Help Leaders and Organizations Get Unstuck Using Hersey & Blanchard’s Situational Leadership Model"
05 Dec 2013 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Your Brand As an OD Practitioner"

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Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN) - is the premier DC Metro area network and community of practice of Organization Development (OD) practitioners. Founded in Chesapeake Bay, MD, our name still pays homage to our founders, and we are grateful for their brilliant minds and vital contributions to the field of OD.

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