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  • 10/25/2019 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Organizational Patterns - The Influence of Family Dynamics at Work  (Coffee/tea/snacks)
    or years, we have discussed how we inherit our physical DNA and now the world of Systemics and Epigenetics is highlighting how we inherit and are deeply, yet unconsciously influenced by our emotional DNA.  Furthermore, we bring the patterns of emotional DNA into the workplace with us influencing our sense of belonging and our connection to our work environment and goals.

    At the same time, organizations have their own set of Systemic Dynamics.  Consider how founders give birth to a business, how employees interact and fit in with their peers, and how organizations have rules and ranking.

    Learn about some dynamics and hidden systemic patterns that can influence organizational and individual effectiveness. Participate in a systemic exercise or two.  Ponder the following: 

    • Have you ever experienced a situation where a person is fired, escorted out of the building and nothing is ever said? The subsequent hire leaves quickly, the next one is asked to leave, and the position becomes difficult to fill. 
    • What about a family owned business where the children kick the parent founders out only to find that they struggle to keep the business afloat?  Or maybe the parents hang on, never allowing the children to grow the business. 
    • What happens when you work with a manager who cannot make a decision or keeps changing the rules?  How about when you have multiple options and cannot make a clear choice?

    Mindy Schrager, MBA, is an ICF ACC-credentialed coach and Founder of Systems of Change, LLC whose passion for transformational work grew out of her own personal journey. Her knowledge of change management and transformation came from her leadership roles at world class companies such as Nolan Norton & Co, Motorola, Fidelity Investments, and IBM. A series of health issues combined with 360-feedback at work, led her on an extensive personal transformation journey. These parallel paths built on her fascination with solving puzzles and identifying patterns and created her drive for collaboration, transformation and results with business teams and individuals.  
    --  Having worked with hundreds of business teams and experienced and learned a myriad of transformational tools, Mindy has become a catalyst for change. She has also seen first-hand the parallels between our personal and work lives. This parallel has been further highlighted through her extensive study of systemic constellations – we truly do bring our families to work with us.

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

  • 09/27/2019 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Change SIG: 9/27/19 - THE CIRCLE SOLUTION: Using 'Interpersonal Flexibility Circle' to Decode Mysteries of Relationships - Hope Hills, PhD (coffee/tea/snacks) 

    Hope Hills, PhD,  fell in love with Timothy Leary’s Interpersonal Circumplex from the 1950’s, as the dynamics it pictured helped her see that there is “lawfulness” to relationships. Learning it and then studying it for her dissertation helped her to become more effective with people, and then help her clients make sense of the confusing world of relationships that they faced.

    But that Circle mainly focused on problem relationships, with very little to offer about howhealthy relationships looked.  She spent two years developing the Interpersonal Flexibility Circleto use with her corporate and other clients. 

    She wanted them to use the Circle as a map to recognize the dynamics they face with the people in their lives, and then have real strategies to move to a different place on the Circle to get the outcomes they want. She also wanted to be able to use it as a base for assessing where they “hang out” so they can understand how they set up all the relationships they have, and then take their power back.

    Hope will outline the core dynamics of the Circle with actual stories of its use. You will experiment with it by mapping yourself and mapping experiences in relationships that you’d like to understand.  We will use a Simulation that Betsey Upchurch and she developed that shows how valuable the Circle is in everyday work situations. Come with questions, with examples of confusing situations such as:

    • Is there a relationship in your life that is really frustrating you? Think of one frustrating experience to map.
    • How about a relationship in your life that is truly amazing? See why by mapping a delight-full experience.
    • Think of your clients. Come with questions to consider about how to help them make sense of the relationships that get in their way.

    Dr. Hope HillsCircle Consulting Group is named after her major product: The Interpersonal Flexibility Circle (IFC). It is a small firm but has shared the power of the Circle in China, Korea, Germany, Brazil and the US through coaching, team development, organizational consulting and leadership training and development.

    • She is a licensed counseling psychologist and Board-Certified Coach.  Since 1991 she has focused on providing powerful tools that help leaders build highly successful teams and healthy organizations where people love to work. 
    • Hope has worked with Fortune 50 companies, non-profits, medium and small companies, helping leaders create transparency, excitement and an engaged workforce.

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

  • 08/23/2019 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
    Engaged Workforce, Future Vision, High Performance: Mitchen Strategic Positioning SystemTM
    Come learn how MItchen uses its Strategic Positioning System TM in working with organizations to drive the following outcomes:  
    • Engaged workforce who take ownership and ensure success.
    • Future vision of the place of most potential for the organization.
    • High Performance Team as a driving toward a future vision.

    Mitchen  has a 28-year track record of working with universities, non-profits, and business to develop leaders, and strategic positioning organizations for success. Mitch will join us to share a little on the process he uses, as well as share major lessons he has learned in ensuring success in the work of change management.

    Dr. Mitchell (Mitch) B. Owen is the Chief Operating Officer of Mitchen, Inc., an innovative training and organizational development company celebrating over twenty-eight years of service to its clients.  Dr. Owen has also served as the Deputy Director for Performance and Organization Development with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and as the Director of Personal and Organizational Development at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.  Dr. Owen is the creator of the Elusive LeadershipTM model for high performance team development and the Mitchen Organization Strategic Positioning SystemTM. Mitchen has an extensive list of clients which can be found at

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

  • 07/26/2019 5:47 PM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Vets to Vets United: Non-Profit Journey from Change SIG to Today - (Coffee/tea/snacks)
    Six years ago, Dr. Terry Morris came to the Change SIG with a dream, and our response was "Go for it!" That is exactly what Dr. Terry did. Vets to Vets United, Inc. (VTVUI) became a 501(c)(3) within a year and now Dr. Terry is one of five contenders for 2019 American Humane Hero Veterinarian Award, sponsored by Zoetis Petcare.

    If you have wanted to start or work with a non-profit, join us for a look at what's involved in getting one off the ground and producing results (i.e., graduating service, therapeutic, and emotional support teams after two+ years of Dr. Terry  and the veteran selecting a dog that is trainable and then Dr. Terry training the veteran to train his/her dog).

    Purpose: VTVUI consists of local veterinarians and volunteers working together to provide service, therapeutic, and emotional support animal/veteran teams, and discounted veterinary care to our U.S. Military Veterans suffering from loneliness, depression, Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and physical disabilities. This service will also significantly reduce the number of animals euthanized at the local animal shelters.

    More information on VTVUI available at

    Dr. Terry Morris, DVM, PhD
    Dr. Terry Morris, D.V.M., Ph.D., is a native of Durham NC. She is extremely passionate about the welfare of veterans suffering from emotional and/or physical disabilities and the animals that are suffering and euthanized at animal shelters due to over population. 
    Dr. Terry recognizes the healing power of the animal-human bond. She is thankful to God and is honored to have this opportunity to serve our U.S. Military Veterans and animals, both of which are in need of love, companionship and healing. Dr. Terry dedicated the Vets To Vets United, Inc. program to her father, who died during his tour of duty as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, and to her sister who also served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force

    NOTE: if you would like to vote for Dr. Terry, here is link created by one of their most ardent supporting organizations: where you select Dr. Terry and they rotate the nurses each day. You can vote once a day until 12 PM Pacific Time August 8, 2019. Here are clues I discovered:
    1 - Click on Dr. Terry Morris, then SELECT
    2 - SELECT whichever nurse is there
    3 -  SUBMIT VOTE by filling in First Name, Last Name, Email, Zip, checking I am at least 18 years old, confirming your are not a robot, and clicking VOTE

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).
  • 06/28/2019 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    “Synchronicities:” Hidden Threads Impacting Our Professional & Personal Lives - (Coffee/tea/snacks)

    "Carl Jung held that Synchronicities are "meaningful coincidences" if they occur with no causal relationship - yet seem to be meaningfully related". 

    • What are these imperceptible and hidden threads that seem to profoundly impact us?
    • How do they play out in our professional and personal lives?
    • How can synchronicities inform our work?
    • What can we do to raise our consciousness to better recognize and utilize these remarkable coincidences? 
    • What impact can these “seemingly” random events have on us? 

    Through experiential exercises and group discussion, we will explore the incidence and impact of synchronicities in our lives. Drawing from the work of analyst Jerry Ruhl PhD, Carl Jung, neuroscience, Jean Houston and research into Quantum Physics, participants will gain a greater appreciation of the “mindset” that helps in creating and recognizing the seemingly acausal connections between the “seen” and “unseen” worlds.  We will explore how synchronicities appear and what we can learn from them.

    Peter Metzner, MA, MPA, PCC, BCC

    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 leadership, coaching and training 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, Jerry Ruhl, Barry Williams, Jeremy Taylor, John Ryan Haule and others. Peter has given key-note presentations as well as workshops to organizations such as the National Wellness Institute, Center for Creative Leadership, the Georgia Southern University Staff Council, as well as for Global and Regional ICF conferences.

    More information is on his web site at

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

  • 05/24/2019 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Navigating Career/Life Transitions With Courage: A Collaborative Discussion

    • Are you motivated to move up, become more visible, influential, or known as a leader in your field? Or do you wish to slow down and shift direction after years in a fast-paced profession?
    •  Are you building your career, seeking wisdom from others who survived similar challenges and opportunities? Or are you mid to late career, eager to give back and help less experienced colleagues make the most of their gifts?

    Careers take off, stall, soar, come to a dead stop, and re-start in unpredictable ways. A quick, high-stakes decision may change things in an instant. Slow, awkward -- yet desirable -- transitions may take years, as you struggle with letting go of an outdated and successful professional identity.

    Wherever you are on the path, you're not alone. Join us for some big questions, a few answers, and an opportunity to encourage each other. During "check in" you will be invited to bring a career transition question to the group, or to share, briefly, where you may be headed next on your journey.

    Facilitated by Julie Mitchell, MA. CoachWalks® - Your path... your pace.

    Julie has walked clients (ages 16 to 88) through big opportunities, unwelcome challenges, and an amazing array of career/life decisions. She loves to help people listen, learn, understand themselves and others better, find their voices, and feel more comfortable, courageous and confident as they share their gifts. She guides clients on the paths she knows best, offering communication skills coaching and strategy, integrated leadership consulting, and realistic, reassuring guidance through transitions.

    For more about Julie:

  • 04/26/2019 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Discover Thetaland: A “Thinking at the Edge” Game Leading to Surprising Clarity - (coffee/tea/snacks)
    How to think freshly with old words? How to speak from an inner knowing when words are still missing? How to find your own voice within complex and ambiguous contexts?

    Thetaland is a playful way to deal with those challenges. It is based on Eugene Gendlin’s philosophy and his philosophical practice “Thinking at the Edge”.

    In order to discover Thetaland, we will play the game in several stages. Starting from an open question, a vague idea or an unclear situation. By venturing out into Thetaland, you will get to the heart of your topic, discover precise language, and open up practical perspectives. We will share our experiences with the game and we will discuss possible applications.

    Dr. Evelyn Fendler-Lee, Organizational Psychologist, certified counsellor and Focusing-trainer bringing 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 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 (919-493-5424).

  • 03/22/2019 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Feeding Your Brain for a Change - 2019 UPDATE (coffee/tea/snacks)

    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?

    The five 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 on the sharing list are:

    • The Emotion Code: How to Release Your Trapped Emotions for Abundant Health, Love, and Happiness by Dr. Bradley Nelson (updated version May 7, 2019)
    • Learn about Somatic Repatterning developed by Ilene Myers to consciously create your reality by "rewiring" your neurotransmitters
    • 31-Day FOOD REVOLUTION: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your Worldby Ocean Robbins (Feb 5, 2019)
    • The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age (The Plant Paradox Book Four) by Dr. Steven R. Gundry, MD (Mar 19, 2019)

    In addition, if you have stirred up any brain-healthy snacks and treats, feel free to bring them to share at the meeting, along with recipes (we will put them in the 'send out afterwards' email); and you could also include on your recipe your contact information and resources you have found valuable. 

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

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

  • 02/22/2019 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Positive Education in the 21st Century:  Training the Mind AND the Heart   (Coffee/tea/snacks) 

    As OD professionals, coaches, and teachers, we always hope our efforts will result in insightful, innovative and profitable outcomes. Research in the last twenty years proves that supporting well-being in the workplace and in our personal lives encourages human flourishing.

    Martin Seligman’s PERMA Model (Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Achievement) forms the basis for positive education. Understanding and including elements of positive education in our work increases the probability of positive outcomes for clients. We will define Positive Education, focus on its implications for our work, and explore how it might help us in our own lives.

    After becoming a “positive psychology practitioner” last year, Lily Keyes became interested in how the PERMA model and other research findings are being applied to education. She will be sharing with you some of her findings and experiences related to Positive Education in the U.S. and throughout the world. She has spent her professional career helping people work and achieve together as well as shape and develop their own skills and talents. She believes bringing a sense of humor and an inquiring mind to every encounter helps us to understand and appreciate one another.

    Lily started her career as a high school teacher in Atlanta, GA and Caracas, Venezuela. When she returned to the US in 1984, she moved to Raleigh and began a career in corporate training, quality improvement, and business coaching. After retiring from BCBSNC in 2010 and working another 5 years as a consultant, she returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher in Wake County Public Schools where she continues to teach and learn.

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

  • 01/25/2019 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Curiosity:  What's the big deal?

    Are you curious about curiosity?

    When was the last time you really became curious?  A time when you wouldn't rest until you had satisfied that curiosity.  A time when your curiosity pulled you forward and made you better.

    The power of curiosity is often overlooked even though it precedes nearly every personal experience.  At some level, it drives nearly every human decision. Yet, many of us don’t consider ourselves curious.  When harnessed, curiosity can move us forward in EVERY aspect of life. 

    During our January Change SIG, Paul Winston will help us explore recent research, learn from thought leaders, and engage in a dynamic discussion about the power of curiosity.  Paul has recently traversed a curiosity journey of his own.  With a career serving in HR and L&D roles for small and large organizations, domestically and internationally, Paul believes most answers needed for success in any circumstance reside just beyond the noise. 

    Getting curious puts us in the proper state-of-mind and quiets our surroundings long enough to identify those answers.  A leader's greatest sense of accomplishment is often coaching individuals and teams to define and prepare for "what's next".  Our session will begin with the assumption that without curiosity, there is no next. 

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

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