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  • 10/23/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
    OPEN MIKE - now scheduling 2020 Change SIG Programs October
    Would you like to do a 'dry run' of a big presentation on a personal, professional, or organizational change topic before the big day?
        NOTE  Currently we are booking for 2020 fourth Friday, October [Nov/Dec meeting is 12/4--annual AH/HA - GIFTS program]

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573).

  • 09/25/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Helping People Connect to Each Other & the World - Through Participatory Music Making 8:30-10:30 (Bring your own coffee & snacks)

    This will be our time in using percussion in learning timeless principles for modern society of living, working, and playing well together. BRING A PERCUSSION TOOL: a drum, rattle, metal pot & spoon . . .

    Believing life is richer when we communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with one another and with the world around us, Greg Whitt will facilitate a program designed to creatively connect people in ways that are joyful, engaging, and good for us. This program is actually hands-on philosophy about how we can live, work, and play well together in community, only they're cleverly disguised as music, and they're delivered as interactive and engaging fun.

    Gregg Whittprofessional facilitator and edutainer; founder of DRUM FOR CHANGE.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 08/28/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Motivational Interviewing - Helping People Change Through Caring Conversations 8:30-10:30 (bring your own coffee & snacks)

    Making a change can often be challenging. Whether that be making a lifestyle change to lose weight, quit smoking, becoming more active, or deciding to stay or leave a relationship, job, location. This session will look at the common problem of ambivalence and the types of conversations that facilitate change and the ones that don’t. Motivational Interviewing, a collaborative conversational style, has been proven to be effective in helping people change. You will have a chance to practice some of the elements that make this style helpful. Please bring a pad of paper.

    Teresa Donegan, PhDis a motivational interviewing trainer and consultant. Dr. Donegan has 32 years of teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs in psychology and health care. She started training/consulting in motivational interviewing in 2013, and since then has trained over 2,000 health/mental health care providers including nurses, social workers, chiropractors, and health/wellness coaches. She was recruited by BCBS of WNY to train all patient providers from 2013 to 2019. Throughout her tenure in academia, Dr. Donegan had many leadership roles in student health and wellness initiatives. She is on an evidenced-based practice research team for Ohio State’s Building Healthy Academic Communities. Their recent publication was titled Creating a culture of wellness: A call to action for higher education. 

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573).

  • 07/24/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Radical Resilience: Cultivating Creativity in a Fractured World (aka OUT OF THE FRAME) (bring your own coffee & snacks) 
     
        Creativity resides at the edge of chaos. It’s right there at the edge, between the known and the unknown, where the greatest resilience happens, suspended betwixt the comfortable and uncomfortable. When life is seemingly falling apart, it’s also landing together. I say, let’s come out of the frame, together.

         Why? Because, when we fail to see our connection to one another and the systems that sustain us as a whole, we fall out of possibility with one another. Everything is connected. The sustaining link is creativity.

         Creativity helps us gently approach, bridge and reframe sensitive topics that are uncomfortable and important to explore.  You’re invited to learn to create through and with change rather than against it by tending creative perspective. Let’s come out of the frame, together.

         Annelies M Gentile, MA, PCC, is a speaker, author, Integrative Life and Leadership Coach with graduate studies in creativity, conflict transformation, peace building, and transformative leadership in Europe and the US.
         From Broadway to blacksmithing to divorce, death and Dubai, Annelies is no stranger to change. A thought leader with a presence-based approach to coaching— Annelies helps professionals navigate change, mindfully, creatively and successfully. Having traveled in 22 countries and 47 US states, Annelies discovered that most people want the same three things: to be heard, to feel safe, and to hold a sense of belonging. How we get there is what triggers conflict, separation and discord. She says "getting comfortable with what’s uncomfortable is important and matters to all of us."
         No matter whom she serves, Annelies believes the secret to success is compassion. Learn more about Annelies and her new book From Chaos to Calm :: Leading Change from the Inside Out at her website www.conduitforchange.com

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 06/26/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Courage to Trust
    "The world is a match for us – we are a match for the world”
     – Joseph Campbell (bring your own coffee & snacks)

     After the explosion of the first Hydrogen Bomb, Carl Jung was asked “Is there hope for the world?”  He answered, “There is hope – if enough people do their work – their inner work.”  In claiming our personal authority, being willing to accept and embrace a future without guarantees, we can summon the courage to create and make a difference whether it be in small acts or on a larger scale.   
    This session will include experiential exercises and group discussions on how doing our inner work is integral to navigating the challenges we are currently facing.
    •    How can we develop that feeling of Trust in ourselves, our instincts, intuition and develop courage to be creative in adapting?  
    •    How does our inner work help in creating healthier relationships, communities, organizations, and impact society?    

    Drawing from the work of Rollo May, (The Courage to Create) Carl Jung & Depth Psychology, we will explore how our inner journey plays an important role in healing the outer world.

         Peter Metzner, MA, MPA, PCC, BCC is president of Dynamic Change, Inc. In addition to Leadership and Team Coaching, Peter facilities seminars on Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and Peak Performance. He incorporates guided visualization and dream work in many of his programs. Peter regularly facilitates seminars at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University Medical Center.
         He has researched and studied stress, mindfulness, meditation, visualization, synchronicities and dreams through the Journey Through Wholeness, Triangle Jung Society, Rhine Research Center, Robert Johnson, and others. Peter has given key-note presentations and workshops to the National Wellness Institute, Center for Creative Leadership, the Georgia Southern University Staff Council, and for global and regional ICF conferences.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).

  • 05/29/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Five Steps to Shift Your Perspective When Dealing with Uncertainties  (Bring Your Own Coffee/tea/snacks) 
    Are you being confronted with an unexpected change, a complex situation, or a task that seems to be over your head? Are you reacting either
           - with anxiety and stress
           - or denial and procrastination?
    These versions of fight or flight protect us but they leave us stuck and overwhelmed.
    These versions of fight or flight protect us but they leave us stuck and overwhelmed.

    There is another way to look at it. We can see our reaction to such challenging situations as a resource. This shift in perspective is not only helpful for our psychological safety, it also is a precondition to thinking clearly and letting new solutions emerge and forward steps appear. We will experience five steps of my recently developed tool “Thetaland™ – The Game of Inquiry“ in order to bring about such a shift of perspective.   

    Dr. Evelyn Fendler-Lee, Organizational Psychologist, certified counsellor and Focusing-trainer; Evelyn brings 20 years of experience in leading R&D functions as a material scientist; as associate lecturer, she taught university courses in social competence for 9 years. Since 2009, she has been a self-employed coach and trainer for personal, professional and leadership development; she facilitates innovative teams engaged in strategy, collaborative decision making, concept creation, knowledge transfer; she teaches Thinking at the Edge (TAE) internationally and is applying TAE for teamwork and leadership.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573).

  • 04/24/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Ditch the Drama on Teams with Strengths Intelligence

    It is easy for any of us to get triggered and fall into a self-created drama when working with other brilliant, strong team members. We all know that we get better results from collaborating, so how do we apply what we know about our own strengths and the strengths of others to create the culture and results we like to live? We will look at the surprising link between our natural strengths and our triggers, as well as the three common landing places for drama in the Toxic Triangle. We will also explore how to break that cycle and take ourselves and our teams into greater interdependence.  

    Teri Johnson is a workplace consultant, speaker, author and executive coach who serves senior leaders and their teams. She uses strengths-based leadership development to create cultural shifts that allow people to flourish at work and at home. Research shows that trust, performance, engagement and innovation all rise in a coaching culture where people understand the language of strengths. Teri holds certifications in Strengths Strategies, Legacy Leadership, Team Coaching, People Acuity Guide, and is ICF certified at the PCC level. She hosts a weekly webcast called ManagerMondays along with 4 other global coaches and authored her first book, A Map For Joy, in 2004. Founder, CEO, Personal Best Partners, LLC.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573).

  • 03/27/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Feeding Your Brain for a Change - 2020 UPDATE

    It has been a year since we last discussed feeding the brain for a change. 
    So . . . What’s up? What’s new? What have we all learned, experienced, and discovered?

    Your guides, resources gatherers, and presenters for the meeting will be: Hope HillsMarguerite LawnMary Charles Blakebrough and Mindy Schrager.

    The four presenters will share information and updates from some of the latest books, podcasts, research, resources regarding ways to nurture the brain and body to maintain and improve health and brain function.  There will be several new twists as there are major updates in brain nutrition and integrated health care.

    Some books/topics on the sharing list are:

    • ML: There is increasing recognition that diet and meal timing play a critical role in lifespan, healthspan and brain functioning.  Two authors, Dr. Jason Fung, MD, and Dr. Valter Longo, PhD, have researched the underlying mechanisms behind diet, disease and longevity.  We will review current data.
    • MS: Neurographica is an artistic approach to transforming ourselves and the world. This special drawing technique helps to link our conscience with sub-conscious by activating connections between our brain cells – neurons - thus offering the key to infinite source of energy available through our brains.
    • MCB: The Emotion Code: How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for Abundant Health, Love, and Happiness (Updated & Expanded) by Dr. Bradley Nelson – how an emotion chart, two process flowcharts, emotion definitions, and a refrigerator magnet can turn your life around. 
    • HH: Brain and body are one. To utilize all the brain offers we need a body with great circulation, good blood pressure that is detoxified, pain free and un-inflamed.  These are just a few of the things that are research-backed and achieved when a FAR Infrared Sauna is used regularly. Hope will share the science on both dry saunas and infrared technology and bring an infrared lamp to demonstrate.

    In addition, if you have stirred up any brain-healthy snacks and treats, feel free bring them to share at the meeting, along with recipes, contact info, and resources you value for our 'send out afterwards' email.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573).

  • 02/28/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    RESILIENCE: Resources to Bend not Break, Coping and Creating with Change (Coffee/tea/snacks)

          Just enough heat... can bend steel, not enough heat... resistance and struggle occurs, too much heat... and integrity is lost. How often are we subject to forcing shapes unreachable simply because the conditions are not ripe enough? How often do we subject others and ourselves to unripe or too ripe conditions only to be disappointed or overwhelmed by outcomes?
         Pressure changes everything. In a snap, a trigger event like death, divorce, merger, retirement or illness can alter your path forever. Equally, pressure overtime creates stress, which can alter your experience of mental, emotional and physical health, and undermine your sense of well-being and access to resiliency and effectiveness.     
         In this lively and informative interactive presentation, you'll learn to recognize the ripeness of enough, build resilience to bend not break, and work with the chaos of change that life brings.

         Annelies M Gentile, MA, PCC, is a speaker, author, Integrative Life and Leadership Coach with graduate studies in creativity, conflict transformation, peace building, and transformative leadership in Europe and the US.
         From Broadway to blacksmithing to divorce, death and Dubai, Annelies is no stranger to change. A thought leader with a presence-based approach to coaching— Annelies helps professionals navigate change, mindfully, creatively and successfully. Having traveled in 22 countries and 47 US states, Annelies discovered that most people want the same three things: to be heard, to feel safe, and to hold a sense of belonging. How we get there is what triggers conflict, separation and discord. She says "getting comfortable with what’s uncomfortable is important and matters to all of us."
         No matter whom she serves, Annelies believes the secret to success is compassion. Learn more about Annelies and her new book From Chaos to Calm :: Leading Change from the Inside Out at her website www.conduitforchange.com

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573).


  • 01/24/2020 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    How Comfortable Are You With Uncertainty? Two Models/Methods from HSD for Seeing AND Doing

    How comfortable are you with uncertainty? Perhaps you are fine with surprises in some parts of your life but less so at other times - for instance, you may find it easy to rapidly shift things to accept a last minute dinner invite with a dear friend when your calendar is flexible, but when a long-awaited trip is threatened by a nasty weather forecast, you may have less tolerance.

    There are times when uncertainty is the very thing we need. Falling in and staying in love can be uncertain, yet could be a life-fulfilling adventure. Sports events draw huge crowds because rivalries thrive on the thrill of an unknown outcome – anything can happen on any given day. The creative process is uncertain. Life is uncertain.

    This session will introduce the ways to understand uncertainty and the opportunities that it brings. I will introduce two models and methods (for seeing AND doing) that are as simple as they are powerful, drawn from Human Systems Dynamics (HSD), a field of research and practice that emerges at the intersection of complexity and social sciences.

    Mary Nations helps organizations and the people in them become more adaptable and effective in changing environments. Foundational to her work is Human Systems Dynamics - the field of study that addresses the questions of how people work and play effectively in complex times. She is a Consulting Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute (hsdinstitute.org). In this role, she teaches, consults, and coaches. Her interests include exploring resilience that it is essential for health, well-being, and opportunity in our networked, inter-connected lives; and helping individuals and groups develop the capacity to adapt in the midst of tension caused by differences - to create worthy options and possibilities for going forward together.

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573).

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