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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 BCC Service Center’s address is 4805 Edgemoor Lane in downtown Bethesda, around the corner from the Bethesda Metro station.  There is a County parking deck 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 to me 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

    • 14 Dec 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Service Center, Bethesda, MD
    • 8
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    DC Area OD Practitioners CoP 

    Topic: Having Fun Learning: Team Development Games That for Some Reason Work Around the World – Part II

    Session Description: 

    If you like to play games and are curious about those that focus on developing teams, large and small, AND work around the world, join us on December 14th.  During this session we will roll-up our sleeves and play “Broken Squares”. This exercise game was developed in the mid 70’s to explore how we participate and cooperate in teams to attain team and individual goals, including aspects of cooperative problem solving, behaviors which contribute to or obstruct group problem solving, and cooperation and competition among group members. During this session we will:

    • Work as teams to experience the exercise
    • Debrief the experience from both the individual and team perspectives
    • Discuss potential uses and adaptations of the exercise

    We had quite a turnout in June when we played a variety of team development games and everyone seemed to enjoy the session, so don’t miss this opportunity!

    Presenters: Elllen Eiseman and Brook Rolter

    Ellen Eiseman is a public health professional who has focused on healthcare management and supervision, capacity building, and organization development for more than 30 years. Her experience includes working in more than 25 countries in both the public and private sectors and all levels of the health systems helping NGOs, Ministries of Health, Hospitals, and Clinics improve the quality of the services they deliver. Currently the health practice director in Chemonics’ Global Health Division Ellen contributes to setting and attaining Chemonics’ vision for health programs. She also serves as co-chair for the SID/W International Health and Nutrition Workgroup. She holds an MSOD from AU/NTL and an MPH from UCLA. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.   

    Brook Rolter is a management consultant focused on implementing strategic and operational changes to improve organizational performance. By integrating expertise in management, OD, culture change, performance improvement and facilitation, he assists organizations with practical, tailored approaches to strategy, organizational improvement, team building, facilitation, and implementing changes.

    Brook is certified in OD & Change Management, a certified balanced scorecard master professional, a licensed performance measurement specialist, and served as an examiner for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award.  Brook earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Andersen School of Business at UCLA.  He resides in Arlington, VA, and during his down time can be found fly fishing around DC and the Shenandoah Mountain.

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

    Cancellation Policy: Registrants should contact Mark if they need to cancel.

    Additional Notes:

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


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

    Topic: Can Mindfulness Practices Enhance Your Use-of-Self?

    Description: It may a hot trend these days but people have been practicing mindfulness for thousands of years either by themselves or as part of religious and secular traditions.  Proponents claim its effectiveness in nearly everything from treating mental and physical health conditions, to improving schools, to being better parents.  Research shows that many of the claims are valid.  Might mindfulness practices enhance OD practitioners’ capability to use themselves as instruments of change?  During this session we will talk about what mindfulness is, look at natural connections between mindfulness and use-of-self, and ponder the question:  Can mindfulness expand our ability to bring our whole selves to our work?  You will have a chance to engage in several mindfulness practices and explore ways to apply them in your life—at work and beyond.  

    Presenters:  Aimee Hill and aLex Levin

    Aimee Hill is an independent OD consultant, trainer, and coach.  In her practice, Hill Consulting, she has been helping organizations, teams, and individuals learn and change to achieve their personal and professional goals for over 20 years. She is a graduate of the AU/NTL MSOD program, and holds certificates in coaching from the Coach Training Institute and training & development from the University of Maryland.  She has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for several years and currently is exploring ways to bring mindfulness to her work and the field of OD at large.  

    aLex Levin is yoga teacher, mentor, and coordinator of the teacher training program at Sun & Moon Yoga Studio in Northern Virginia. Ever orienting toward freedom, joy and ease in our everyday activities and endeavors, she’s inspired by teachers who point to the support, options and unlimited potential available in our direct experience in any given moment. Guiding group and individual yoga practices since 1998 and currently folding in Yin Yoga and Feldenkrais principles, she invites us to explore that whatever we seek might be available right here and now through: relaxed awareness coupled with curious attention to our senses and all of how we “know”; inquiry that engages mind, body, heart and breath; pauses long enough to yield clear answers; and then allowing those insights to guide how we relate in the world.

    Aimee and aLex have developed a Community Dialogue workshop that teaches mindfulness practices, whole body awareness, and dialogue principles to help people with disparate worldviews have conversations with each other that build bridges rather than burn them.

    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

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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