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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:  If you are getting off at the Bethesda Metro, around the corner is the entrance to the building, 4805 Edgemoor Lane.  If you need to, use Google Maps or Waze to find it. When you go in the door take the elevator to the 2nd floor and we are in Room B.  If you are driving, there is a County parking garage just below the B-CC Regional Services Center.  It is the building where the CoP is located.  Entrances are at 7601 Woodmont Ave. and around the corner from the 4805 Edgemoor Lane building entrance.  For both entrances there are signs above them that say Bethesda Center.  There has been a recent change.  There used to be two working elevators that go from the garage up to the floor where the B-CC Regional Services Center is.  Now there is only one.  When you park, take the Old Georgetown elevator and follow the directions to the B-CC Regional Services Center.   If you have difficulty getting into the building contact me at 301-466-3041.


Leader: Mark Sachs
email: ma.sachs@verizon.net
www.markasachs.com

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 Coaching Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Upcoming events

    • 05 Mar 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room B, 4805 Edgemoor Lane Bethesda, MD 20814
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    DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

    Topic: Getting Past Negativity in the Workplace

    Description:  Negativity can be a major issue in the workplace, and if left unchecked it can adversely impact the bottom line. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that negativity costs businesses $3 billion a year due to its harmful effects. Keeping up morale within an organization is critical for maintaining productivity and employee satisfaction. As OD  professionals we understand that negative workplace energy will undermine leadership, kill productivity, create toxic environments, and destroy relationships. But how do we recognize underpinning signs of negative behaviors early? Identifying disparaging behaviors is not only a major OD responsibility; it is also the first step to addressing them.

    As OD professionals, how can we respond to pessimistic clients or clients with skeptical team members without getting sucked in?  How can we create the habit of responding positively in the face of negativity?  This will be an experiential lively session with discussions on working with clients through their negativity to new ways of being open, curious, and alive.  So bring your experiences of working with cynical, pessimistic, and skeptical clients.

    Participants will leave this session with:

    •A better understanding of this topic, and the relationship between cynicism, pessimism, and skepticism 

    •Tools to handle cynical, pessimistic, and skeptical clients 

    •An opportunity to learn from each other

    •A group experience of connection

    Judy Cohen and Stephan Dix are both experienced OD professionals. Join them in a lively discussion and hands-on practice to explore ways of working with clients and their team through negative behaviors. 

    Presenters:  Judy Cohen and Stephan Dix

    Judy Cohen, MSOD, ACC, PMP: Judy provides consulting, training and coaching for leaders, teams and organizations to improve performance and promote positive work environments and cultures. Her clients include Federal government agencies, private sector and non-profit organizations, including startup companies. Her work builds upon her decades-long career as an executive, program manager and consultant in the IT industry. Judy holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development from American University. She has been certified as a Leadership Coach and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

    Stephan Dix, M.SC International Development Management, ACC: For over 25 years, Stephan has provided OD and organizational change management services to leaders and their teams domestically and internationally. Stephan has worked with Federal and State governments, private sector, and non-profit organizations.  His OD practice focuses on assisting leaders, staff members, and teams create lasting systemic organizational change by improving processes, systems and organizational structures (formal and informal) to achieve desired objectives and goals. Stephan’s OD work is supported by Certificates in OD, Change Management, Adult Training Skills, and Career and Life Coaching.  

    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 Apr 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room B, 4805 Edgemoor Lane Bethesda, MD 20814
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    DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

    Topic: Embodied Business: Bringing Body Awareness Into Our OD Work 

    Description:  In this session on Embodied Business, we will focus on expanding our awareness, as ODs, beyond the head/analytical elements, even beyond the heart/intuitive elements, to an awareness of the body and breath. I will demonstrate and we will practice some breath work and gentle movement; I will discuss the body awareness on personal health, creativity, and flow.  Then we will brainstorm, as a group, some of the benefits of embodied awareness to us as practitioners and to the groups we serve. In what situations would body awareness help groups open up?  What might be the challenges or barriers to bringing this element into our work? How might we overcome those challenges and bring our WHOLE selves into our work for our own and our clients' benefit?

    Presenters:  Anne Pellicciotto

    Anne Pellicciotto, founder, president & chief change agent, brings 25 years’ experience in organizational transformation consulting, coaching and facilitation. Through the SeeChange collaborative process, Anne guides groups to clarify the changes they face then take action to be the change they want to see in the world.  

    Anne has helped her clients address issues technology transformation, growth, strategic marketing refocus, conflict management, staffing/structuring shifts, leadership and team effectiveness, and board development and alignment. Her client list includes The Democracy Fund, Climate Justice Resilience Fund (CJRF), World Resources Institute, Latin American Youth Center, Amazon Conservation Team, National Peace Corps Association, Partners of the Americas, Capital Mentor Network, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and The Insight Meditation Community of Washington.  

    Anne is a proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Mexico 2010-12).  Additionally, as a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher trainee (Yoga Alliance certification pending May 2020), she brings a holistic, embodied approach to her client work, ensuring that solutions come from the powerful integration of head, heart, and gut.   

    Anne holds and M.S., Organization Development, from American University, and a B.S., Business Management, from University of Maryland, Smith School, College Park.

    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.

    • 07 May 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room B, 4805 Edgemoor Lane Bethesda, MD 20814
    Register

    DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

    Topic: From the Stage to the Organization: Applying Improv Principles as an OD Practitioner 

    Description:  Improv (Improvisational theater) is a form of theater in which the performance unfolds spontaneously, without a script. All the characters, story, and dialogue are created through the collaboration of all the performers in real-time. Improv is not completely unstructured, it is based on a series of principles that guide the action between the performers. These principles, when applied in our lives, or into an organization, can provide new opportunities that might have been hidden before.

    The benefits of Improv had been proven, as it has been applied in different contexts outside of the performing arts to develop communication skills, creative problem solving, teamwork and here-and-now presence.

    In this fun and interactive talk, participants will learn how some of the improv guiding principles can be inter-changeable as OD principles such as:

    • Co-creating reality
    • Active listening
    • Mindfulness
    • The power of agreement
    • Playfulness
    • The sum is larger than the parts
    • Re-framing
    • Trust and risk-taking

    Presenters:  Marytony Torres

    Maria Antonieta Torres is a training consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank. She received her undergrad in Business Administration from Tecnologico de Monterrey in her natal town Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  After graduating, she worked mainly for NGO’s as a fundraiser and recruiter. In 2009 she moved from Mexico to Arlington, VA to work as a Training and Development consultant for the Organization of American States. During her 6 years working for the OAS, she developed and piloted a departmental recognition system for HR, an innovation pipeline, several HR related projects and Coordinated the Staff Awards (biggest recognition event) for the organization.

    Since 2016, she is a Training Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, working on change management initiatives related to Information Management and the implementation of a new Document Repository for the entire Bank.  In August 2018, she began her master’s degree in ODKM at George Mason University, expecting to graduate in May 2020.

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

    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 Coaching 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

06 Feb 2020 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Facilitating Change from the Inside Out: A Systems Approach to Improving Performance at the Individual and Organizational Levels"
09 Jan 2020 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Strengths, Values and Story-Types Exploration for the Intersection of OD and Coaching"
05 Dec 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Working with Difficult Client Situations and Ones that Were Easy"
07 Nov 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Peer Learning Circles: A Simple Yet Powerful Tool for Building Trust and Supporting Change"
03 Oct 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Resilient Leadership - Approaches and Tools"
05 Sep 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "The Creative Force of Resistance - a Gestalt Perspective for OD Practitioners"
06 Jun 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "How to Help Your Clients Create Extraordinary Outcomes"
02 May 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Non-Violent Communication (NVC): A Framework for Navigating Conflict and Discovering Alignment"
04 Apr 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Coaching and Organizational Development: What Is the Relationship?"
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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