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I will be attending both of these … hope to see you there!

May 5 – The Five (Simple) Practices of Exemplary Leadership

June 2 – Doing the OD Tango: Supporting Sustainable Change in Healthcare Using Multiple Roles and Strategies


May 5 – The Five (Simple) Practices of Exemplary Leadership

Facilitators:  Cathy Raines and Jing Burgi-Tian

The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner is 25 years old. The book has sold millions of copies, generated hundreds of research projects, and has been translated into many languages.

In this session, we’ll explore the five practices that the book and research describes:

– Model the Way

– Inspire a Shared Vision

– Challenge the Process

– Enable Others to Act

– Encourage the Heart

The model considers leaders to be anyone rather than leadership as a position, though it recognizes the responsibilities that positional leaders hold. It includes a customized 360 called The Leadership Practices Inventory.

The session will be designed for everyone to participate. For those with experience with the model, please plan to add your experience and wisdom.


Cathy Raines has worked in organizational and individual development for more than 20 years.  Most of her work has been as an internal staff person and leader.  She worked at National Public Radio for many years as well as the Associated Press, Radio Free Europe in Prague, and the US Fund for UNICEF.  She currently works at the US Department of State teaching leadership and management, and providing coaching. Cathy has recently been certified as a facilitator of The Leadership Challenge.

Jing Burgi-Tian is the Program Director of International Programs and Certified Public Manager Programs at The George Washington University, Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. Her current work at the Center includes managing two intensive leadership development programs accredited as Certified Public Managers¬ģ Programs: Program for Excellence in Municipal Management (PEMM) and the Regional Executive Development Program (REDP).



June 2 – Doing the OD Tango: Supporting Sustainable Change in Healthcare Using Multiple Roles and Strategies

Facilitator:  Kevin Nourse

As OD professionals, we often face the challenge of supporting organizational change efforts. To support successful change efforts, it is often critical to intervene at multiple levels including individual leaders, leadership teams, and the larger organizational context. Helping senior leadership teams become more effective and aligned can pay huge dividends in the overall success of a change initiative. Organizational change initiatives are often laden with unanticipated surprises calling forth a need for OD professionals to be nimble in wearing multiple hats to support our clients.

In this session, Dr. Kevin Nourse will share a case study of a leadership team in a large healthcare institution he is currently working with as a team coach, team facilitator, team builder, trainer, executive coach, and team diagnostician. The session will be interactive and provide many opportunities for dialogue and discussion.

Participants will achieve the following outcomes:

– Distinctions between team coaching, team building, and team facilitation.

– Strategies for building trust and alignment.

– Insights on a using a team functioning assessment and conflict styles indicator.

– Understanding of how to conduct a team coaching engagement


Dr. Nourse is a research-based executive coach and OD consultant with over 20 years of executive coaching, facilitation, and leadership development experience. He focuses his practice on growing resilient change leaders at all levels. In addition to his coaching practice, Kevin also coaches leadership teams and facilitates comprehensive leadership development programs. Kevin completed his PhD in 2009 from Fielding Graduate University and conducted research on leadership resilience under the guidance of his beloved committee chairperson, Dr. Charlie Seashore. His practice is based in Washington, DC and Palm Springs, CA.


To register for sessions go to


After you have registered, if you are unable to attend, please let me know ASAP.  Also, if for whatever reason you’d like to be taken off the CoP e-mail list, I’ll be happy to do that.


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


Feel free to send this e-mail on to others you believe may be interested in attending a session.


And last, if you’d like to present at a CoP meeting and/or if you know of others who might be interested, please let me know.  It could be a case study, the business of OD, OD theory, or other topics.  I welcome creative ideas.







Mark Sachs & Associates

Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching

705 McNeill Rd.

Silver Spring, MD  20910



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Why Yoga … a one page reflection …

Yoga teacher training recap ...

Yesterday evening I had the opportunity¬†to¬†teach¬†a group of young men considered at risk (all in their teens) about the benefits of yoga and meditation, and even led them through a 30 minute flow. ¬†A majority had never done yoga before. ¬†We had discussion, and addressed many many questions, before and after the flow. ¬†Several experienced a state of relaxation, calm and ease after our practice (Savasana really does the trick!). ¬†What a great opportunity to share out even just a taste of what yoga has done for me and my life. ¬†Also a chance to sift back through my teacher training notes, books, manuals, and refresh once more some basic concepts that got me hooked in the first place. ¬†Om shanti, shanti, shanti. ¬†ūüôā

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MSOD Happy Hour, in DC, Friday 4/8/16

Dear fellow AU MSODers, 

It’s long past time MSOD students, faculty, alumni and friends meet up again for an informal happy hour!

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Time: 5:30ish until whenever people want to leave
Where: Bread and Salt, near Tenleytown Metro, 4619 41st St. NW
This is a chance to see friends from your or other cohorts and enjoy being with like-minded folks. Feel free to bring anyone else along that is interested in some good company and conversation.
If you plan to come, please RSVP to Melissa Kessler, C64 alumna, at so we know who to look for and how many to expect!
Very best wishes,
Melissa Kessler (C64) and Matteo Becchi (C67), motivated alumni ūüôā
PS – PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG to other MSODers you know! Gracias
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IFVP Annual Conference, DC 2016 – More News !!


Why I can’t wait to attend the IFVP DC 2016 Conference (and hope to see there!)
We’re counting down to July. IFVP’s Annual Conference is the place for visual practitioners, graphic recorders, facilitators and visual storytellers from across the globe to gather every year. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or a newbie, here are just a few of the delights in store for you.
  1. Ah-mazing keynotes: Have you heard? We have Lisa Kay Solomon and Scott McCloud speaking. In addition, we’re delighted to have Brandy Agerbeck on the stage.
  2. Our (hilarious) returning emcee: Julie Gieseke will be returning to keep things on point at the conference. Check out her take on our profession last year.
  3. 20+ enriching, diverse breakouts sessions: We’ll have tracks with sessions for people new to the field and for seasoned practitioners. We’ll also have tracks on business development, visual organizational development, sessions on digital work, sketchnoting and more.
  4. Pre-conference workshops that rock: Take the learning deeper. You’ll want to come slightly earlier and choose from these four fabulous sessions.
  5. “The Big Listen”: Got a story to tell? Let’s hear it. We will identify the topic. You submit your name. We pull 4 names from the hat and invite you to tell a story, as others sit back and listen.
  6. IFVP’s Got Talent!Sure, we know you’re all talented visual practitioners. But let’s find out who sings, dances and acts! Come one, come all to the conference talent show, where we’ll feature the diverse and entertaining abilities of our global group. And don’t forget – pack your dancing shoes!
  7. Free Professional Photography Headshots by Ray Martinez: Need a new headshot? Show up during the breaks and Ray will capture a customized portrait for you (ps: you can draw your own backdrop! How cool is that?!)
  8. The Neuland Booth: Get ready to play with the white markers and much more! Leave some space in your luggage to take home all your new goodies.
  9. Meeting your tribe: You’ll spend two full days and more with people who actually “get” you.
  10. Washington DC: This amazing city! We have 17 FREE Smithsonian Museums, historic monuments and Tian Tian – the adorable giant panda you saw rolling in the snow. There is so much to explore in the city and we can’t wait to show off our hometown!

Don’t wait, reserve your spot today and register for the 21st Annual IFVP DC 2016 Conference!

Steph, Erin and the Conference Planning Team
Contact Steph Brown and Erin Gordon, conference co-chairs at
Alone we are just a ripple, united we are a sonic boom of creativity, clarity and collaboration with the ability to bridge conversations and communities. United we can change the world, one chart at a time.”
— Stephanie Brown, IFVP DC 2016 Conference Co-Chair
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