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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

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Service Center, Bethesda, MD
    Register

    DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

    Topic: Coaching and Organizational Development: What Is the Relationship?

    Description:  Coaching started with a focus on developing individual leaders, and has expanded in recent years to working with teams. As such, some coaches are doing OD work and many OD practitioners have added coaching to their client offerings. Certainly, coaches can benefit from learning OD, but what might OD practitioners learn from coaching?

    Coach training often explicitly focuses on being fully present, open, curious and “not-knowing” with clients. OD programs nibble around the edges with concepts like Use of Self and being Here and Now, but may not provide the type of intense practice to embody these ways of being.

    What’s in It for you?

    Leave this session with:

    • More questions about this topic than you came in with
    • Greater capacity to hold the space 
    • A felt experience of connection
    • What your practitioner “growth edge” is

    Penny Potter and Stephan Dix are both coaches and OD practitioners. Penny became a coach then became an OD practitioner, while Stephan was an OD practitioner who then became a coach. Join them in a lively discussion and hands-on practice to explore new ways of being open, curious, and not-knowing.

    Presenters:  Penny Potter, PhD and Stephan Dix, M.SC., CTI Coach

    Penny: Since becoming a coach, Penny has been fascinated by the often dramatic transformations that most coaching students experience -- no matter what program they attend.  This phenomenon was her core research area and as an instructor in George Mason University’s coaching program, she is able to witness firsthand the predictable pattern of students’ transformations. She has come to believe that this way of being with others touches what is truly human in all of us, and is fundamental for organizations to thrive in the future.  Penny’s upcoming book, Becoming a Coach, is for coaching students and graduates to understand, through an even mix of theory and story, their own growth and development experiences and those of their clients. 

    Penny completed her coach training at Georgetown University in 2006, and received a M.S. in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University in 2008.  She completed her doctorate in human and organizational systems at Fielding Graduate University in 2016.

    Stephan: For 25 years Stephan has supported leaders and their teams to create lasting systemic organizational development change.  He accomplishes this by improving both formal and informal processes, systems, and organizational structures to achieve desired public, private, and non-profit organizational objectives and build management capacity.  Stephan’s work has taken him to countries around the world from the South Pacific to the Middle East and Asia.  His most recent assignment was in Haiti, where he developed a system and process to enlist Haitians villagers to educate their own communities about mitigating the spread of the Zika virus.  Since 2003 he has used a focused inquiry coaching approach that assists clients to think more clearly, gain increased perspective, and focus more effectively on achieving work objectives. 

    Stephan holds a M.Sc. degree in Development Management from The American University 1990, Certificates in Organizational Development, Change Management and Adult Training Skills from Georgetown University 1999, and Career and Life Coaching Certificate from the Coaches Training Institute 2003.  His PCC coaching credential is pending ICF review.

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

    Mark has been an OD consultant and executive coach for more than 20 years.  He enjoys seeing his clients and their organizations take steps to change, and when they are successful it gives him great pleasure.  He earned his MS in OD from the American University/NTL Institute and MA and BA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University.  He is an International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC). 

    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.

    • 02 May 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Service Center, Bethesda, MD
    Register

    DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

    Topic: Non-Violent Communication (NVC):  A Framework for Navigating Conflict and Discovering Alignment

    Description:  It is hard to escape conflict, whether it is internally struggling with decisions or priorities, in interactions with others, or supporting others through conflict.

    Conflict does not exist in a vacuum and is accompanied by beliefs, thoughts, and feelings. How we deal with them determines outcomes. Non-Violent Communication is a set of principles that allows us to go deeper and discover the stakes and possible solutions. It is used in all kinds of settings – in corporations, mediations, personal relationships, and prisons.

    The framework is simple. The practice is hard. We will be sharing the NVC framework and offering some activities to help you acquire a taste of its potential.

    We will:

    • Explore the 4 components of the Non-Violent Communication (NVC) framework
    • Practice differentiating feelings from thoughts and needs from strategies
    • Practice deconstructing the complexity of a conflict (Bring a conflict, intra- or interpersonal, to work on.)

    You will leave with:

    • More questions and curiosity about NVC!
    • A new way to think about win-win outcomes
    • Skills to help navigate conflict

    Presenters:  Anna Seaman & Laurie McPherson

    Anna is a coach and mediator who works with both individuals and organizations.

    In her capacity as a coach, she helps to overcome resistance to change, to make qualitative improvements and to develop new areas of qualitative management.

    In her role as a mediator, Anna primarily conducts privately-contracted and court-ordered mediations for business and civil disputes. Her mediation style relies on a neutral and non-biased method to resolve conflicts utilizing efficient nonviolent communication.  Among other factors, her method takes into account cultural differences, prejudices and stereotypes.

    Anna conducts mediations on behalf of the Lewiatan Mediation Center, which is a Polish organization that provides mediation support to businesses in Poland.  Anna also works with support groups for single mothers and patchwork families by conducting mediations that facilitate the means of communication and understanding between troubled youths and their parents, teachers and peers and also assist young people to discover their true potential and how to exploit it through creative solutions. 

    Prior to her freelance work as a coach and mediator, Anna had a successful career working in international corporations to include BNP – Dresdner Bank and Bank of America. Among her many accomplishments, she developed quality management systems and created quality measurement standards for new processes and services. 

    Laurie’s passion is helping clients increase awareness, mastery and process clarity in order to reach their goals through individual and team coaching, project management and change management. Laurie has been leading and developing teams since she started taking groups of total strangers out into the wilderness and coaching them into high-performing teams on expedition. She continues to facilitate leadership, professional and team development programs in the outdoors for organizations such as Brown Advisory, The Leadership Baltimore, St. Mary's Seminary, The SEED School, JP Morgan, Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership, MIT and the Boston University Dental School.

    She organizes and facilitates community-building and personal development workshops for inmates of Maryland prisons with the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and is on the board of AVP-Maryland. She is also a moderator for Better Angels, a national non-profit launched after the 2016 presidential election that brings people from opposite poles of the political spectrum to have constructive dialog.

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

    Mark has been an OD consultant and executive coach for more than 20 years.  He enjoys seeing his clients and their organizations take steps to change, and when they are successful it gives him great pleasure.  He earned his MS in OD from the American University/NTL Institute and MA and BA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University.  He is an International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC). 

    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

07 Mar 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "You've Hired a Graphic Recorder, Now What? The Why, What, How, and When of Partnering with a Graphic Recorder"
07 Feb 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "The Brain and Body Connection to Behavior, Connection, and Change"
03 Jan 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "The Phenomenon of the Black Panther: A Convergence of Pop Culture and OD"
06 Dec 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Getting What You Want: Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Others"
01 Nov 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Time to Expand Our OD Discipline? Here Comes Knowledge Management and Conversational Leadership!"
04 Oct 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Working with Difficult Client Situations"
06 Sep 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Increase Internal Capacity - Build Peer Coaching and Learning Skills"
07 Jun 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Resilient Leaders Build Resilient Organizations"
03 May 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Storytelling: A Powerful Tool for Professional Success and Personal Fulfillment"
05 Apr 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "What It’s Like To Do International OD Work"
01 Mar 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Objectifying Trust: Seven Key Considerations"
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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