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New OD Practitioners SIG

Description:
To provide a supportive and learning community for new and newer practitioners, both internal and external. Our mission and vision is to:
● Enhance participants’ competence and confidence in their OD work.
● Provide an opportunity for people to give and receive mentoring and coaching both from their colleagues and from experienced practitioners.
● Share successes and challenges in working with clients.

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

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

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. He is also a graduate of Coach University.

Upcoming events

    • 08 Jan 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda, MD
    New OD Practitioners SIG
    Topic: Ethical Dilemmas for OD Practitioners

    Facilitators: Stephen Dix and Mark Sachs
     
    Program:          
    As OD practitioners, we may find ourselves in work situations that present ethical dilemmas between meeting client leader(s) demands and addressing their organizational needs.  How many of us find that their assessment data highlights different and/or controversial organizational challenges that leaders were not expecting and/or do not want to address .  How can OD practitioners remain true to the profession and ourselves?  In this session we’ll discuss ethical OD dilemmas, what to do about them, and how to provide the best service to our clients and remain true to our profession and ourselves and also earn a living. 
     
    Bio:
    Stephan Dix:
    Stephan is a management consultant with 20 years of experience providing management services to government, non-profit, and private sector organizations.  He specializes in organizational development, change management, and leadership succession management.  He is also an expert in training-the-trainer in interactive multicultural adult learning methods and strategies.
     
    He has worked for CARE, CRS, USAID, WFP, Church World Service, Seventh Day Adventists and other NGOs in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Africa, the South Pacific, and Asia.  Stephan has applied leadership and management skills in establishing and implementing programs involving staff of up to 88 and budgets ranging from $1.2 to $13.5 billion.  
     
    He holds an M.Sc degree in Development Management from The American University, a Life and Career Coaching Certificate from the Coaches Training Institute, and a Certificate in Organizational Development, Change Management, and Adult Training from Georgetown University.  He speaks fluent Arabic, French, and Haitian Creole.
     
    Mark Sachs:
    Mark has been an external OD consultant and executive coach for more than 15 years.  He has a deep commitment to bringing out the best in people and helping to improve the leadership and overall management of his client organizations.
     
    In his consulting and coaching practices,  Mark’s clients have included IRS, NASA, NIH, NOAA, FDA, FDIC, Agency for International Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, The Washington Post, VeriSign, Federal Realty Investment Trust, National Governors Association, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Holy Cross Hospital, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
     
    He earned his M.S. degree in Organization Development from the American University/NTL Institute, and M.A. and B.A. degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University.  Mark is a graduate of Coach University and is certified by the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach. 
     
    Location:
    Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center
    4805 Edgemoor Lane
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    click here for directions
       
    Additional Notes: A $5.00 per person contribution is requested to help pay for rental of the room.
     
    SIG Leader:
    Mark Sachs | ma.sachs@verizon.net
     
    Cancellation policy:  If you need to cancel, please contact Mark in advance.
     
    • 05 Feb 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda, MD
    New OD Practitioners SIG
    Topic: Building Your OD Reputation One Piece At a Time

    Facilitators: Matt Minahan
     
    Program:          
    As you start to chart your career, think about what people know about you and your work, what you want them to know about you and your work, and how to build your reputation as an OD practitioner.  We'll talk about strategies for specializing, getting known for something specific, opportunities to showcase your talents, ways to let the world know, and how social media can help and hinder.  Bring your ideas and questions;  we'll talk about alternatives and options, share stories and experiences, and send you home with some insights and alternatives to help you get established and build your reputation in the field.
     
    Bio:
    Matt Minahan has more than 30 years’ experience in strategic planning, organization design and development, executive coaching, and leadership development.  His consulting practice focuses on organizations and leaders who are planning enterprise-wide change programs, including business strategy, values, mission, business process simplification, planning systems, new structures, communications, management practices, business process re-engineering, and monitoring and evaluation systems.
     
    He works in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, with senior executive teams who want to develop new business strategies, redesign their organizations to meet new business challenges, improve goal setting, communication and involvement strategies, management practices, personal style, use of time, priority setting, decision making, and the effective delivery and receipt of feedback.

    He holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the School of Public Affairs at American University and is a visiting professor in several doctoral programs.  He is the 2015 chair of the Board of Trustees of the Organization Development Network.  He is also an active volunteer and former board member of NTL Institute, and a former board member of the Chesapeake Bay OD Network.  www.minahangroup.com
       
     
    Location:
    Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center
    4805 Edgemoor Lane
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    click here for directions
       
    Additional Notes: A $5.00 per person contribution is requested to help pay for rental of the room.
     
    SIG Leader:
    Mark Sachs | ma.sachs@verizon.net
     
    Cancellation policy:  If you need to cancel, please contact Mark in advance.
     
    • 05 Mar 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Bethesda, MD
    New OD Practitioners SIG
     
    Topic: Design Thinking

    Facilitator: Carol Hamilton
     
    Program:      
         
    Design Thinking is a human-centered and systematic approach to problem solving and innovation.  By focusing on empathy and iteration, the design thinking process helps you create solutions that are grounded in the experience of your stakeholders and informed by their feedback through a co-creation process.  This approach has many parallels to the action research cycle.
    In the session you will learn what design thinking is and how it is applicable to organization development challenges.  You will also practice using a couple of design thinking tools.
    Bio:

    Carol Hamilton leads NAFSA, the Association of International Educators’ new program and service development efforts using a design thinking approach, a collaborative innovation process.  Previously she led the Association’s learning services department that managed many of NAFSA’s professional development programs.  She has worked in the association and nonprofit sector for more than 20 years with education and social change organizations. Carol graduated from Swarthmore College and she recently completed her Masters in Organization Development from American University.
     
    Location:
    Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center
    4805 Edgemoor Lane
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    click here for directions
       
    Additional Notes: A $5.00 per person contribution is requested to help pay for rental of the room.
     
    SIG Leader:
    Mark Sachs | ma.sachs@verizon.net
     
    Cancellation policy:  If you need to cancel, please contact Mark in advance.
     

Past events

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"
01 May 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - CBODN Meet and Greet Networking Event
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"
07 Nov 2013 New OD Practitioners SIG
03 Oct 2013 New OD Practitioners SIG
05 Sep 2013 New OD Practitioners SIG
06 Jun 2013 New OD Practitioners SIG
02 May 2013 New OD Practitioners SIG
04 Apr 2013 New OD Practitioners SIG
07 Mar 2013 New OD Practitioners SIG
07 Feb 2013 New OD Practitioners SIG
03 Jan 2013 New OD Practitioners SIG
06 Dec 2012 New OD Practitioners SIG
01 Nov 2012 New OD Practitioners SIG - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
04 Oct 2012 New OD Practitioners SIG - (FULL)
06 Sep 2012 New OD Practitioners SIG
05 Jul 2012 New OD Practitioners SIG
07 Jun 2012 New OD Practitioners SIG
03 May 2012 New OD Practitioners SIG
05 Apr 2012 New OD Practitioners SIG
01 Mar 2012 New OD Practitioners SIG
09 Feb 2012 New OD Practitioners SIG

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