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  • 06/23/2017 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Strategic Problem-solving with Harvard's "Gossip Triads"

    The “Gossip Triad" method* has been used for a number of years by the Harvard School of Government in their leadership programs. It is an experience that you, as a consultant, can use in any program where there is a mix of people from different units or areas (or from different organizations). Participants are asked to send in pre-work, briefly describing a challenge from their workplace. They will use this challenge to examine in the triads, so confidentiality is a given.

    Jane Tucker heard about the method this year from a colleague from the Southwest, who had seen it work,and she has now used it several times – in a national program with people from various institutions and in a single organization in Hawaii with people from different units. It is simple, intense and gives everyone a chance to be the focus of attention for personalized questioning and coaching that can give the recipient new perspectives. (Note: at the School of Government, each person normally gets 1-1.5 hour’s consultation. As demonstrated and used recently, each person will get about 20 minutes and it has worked!)

    At the moment, Tucker is planning to substitute a version of “Gossip Triads” in every program where she formerly had people work in small groups to practice the case of one person in the group. Using “Gossip” Triads, everyone in the group can get advice and counsel about their challenge issue. She’s excited to share this with members of the SIG!

    *Attributed to Vantage Point Consulting Pty, Ltd; Directors: Maxine Fern, BA, M.ED and Michael Johnstone, Ph.D.

    Jane Tucker has over thirty years of experience in higher education in both the administrative and teaching areas.  She taught negotiation skills classes in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke and currently teaches negotiations and leadership to scientists through grants to COACh from the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy.  She also taught with the Center for Creative Leadership (, an internationally recognized leadership research organization where she worked with leaders from corporations and not-for-profits in the Looking Glass program.

    Dr. Tucker received her Ph.D. in Organizational Development from the University of North Carolina and is an alumna of Wellesley College.  She has published papers on learning strategies and organizational change.   

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

  • 05/26/2017 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Tapping into 'Big C' Change with Type

    There is a 'Big C' change coming for your organization, family, or community. What if, by learning a simple energy tool to reduce stress and using Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® expert Sandra Hirsh's strategy for "Introducing Change to Quadrants," those involved would be engaged in a new way? This recently-formed concept involves teaching the basics of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) /Tapping to reduce stress, while those in each MBTI® quadrant have the change introduced in ways customized to their IS, ES, IN, EN preferences? If curious, please join us.

    Mary Charles Blakebrough is presenting this session in July at the 2017 Association for Psychological Type International (APTi) Biennial Conference in Salt Lake City, She is an MBTI Certified Master Practitioner, EFT MRA Certified Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner and has an MS/OD from American University/NTL. 

    She has coached corporate and personal clients for the past fifteen+ years in career search strategies, specializing in resumes showcasing overlooked accomplishments, networking, and interviewing (telephone and in person). She helps you decide "What do you want to be when you grow up?" by using assessments, exploring options, and marketing yourself (resumes/LinkedIn). 

    Recently she joined Rotary International to give her a broader outreach in the world for making a difference.

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

  • 04/28/2017 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Open Heart Mindset for Strong Leaders

    Noa Ronen, current president of ICF Raleigh Area Chapter, will lead us through a program she has developed on working with the being of leadership rather than focusing on different band-aid skills to becoming a leader.

    Part of what she shares is the Arbinger Institute's philosophy through exercises that will be eye opening and explain how to shift from the need to know how to be with different people in different situations to knowing how I am being.

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

  • 03/24/2017 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
    Courageous Conversations about Race and End of Life: Similarities and Differences
    Conceivably the most difficult conversations to have are about race, sex and end of life.

    James Daniels and Donna Kaye will provide guidelines for holding courageous conversations on two of these topics: race and end of life. (We will leave the topic of conversations about sex for another time!). In the process, we will discover some interesting similarities that effective conversations about these two topics may have.

    James Z Daniels is principal consultant with J Z Daniels Company Limited, a healthcare cultural competency solutions enterprise. Over the course of his 35 years’ career, Jim has served as an enterprise leader and as an internal and external independent management consultant with Fortune 500 and medium size companies. A self-published author (Strategic Issues Benchmarking Diversity Best Practices), he writes and is published on healthcare and culture.

    Donna Kaye just retired from being a Director at UNC Healthcare's Learning & Organizational Development department.  She will be sharing an approach she found helpful in holding end of life conversations which facilitate a dignified death and good family relationships.

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

  • 03/17/2017 2:06 PM | Anonymous

    Hi Folks,

    Please check out my Total Focus Workshop via the following link:

    Please feel free to share this link with family and friends!


    Short, sharp and powerful!

    This workshop is delivered to you as a call to action to get the results in life and business that you desire. The focus is on beating procrastination, self-analysis to determine your strengths, mind mastery to help you think above the crowd, an A-Z action planning process and emotional management tools to empower you to meet the challenge of change.

    Audiences from major corporations, small businesses, government agencies and community groups have benefited from Total Focus. Participants find this workshop to be inspirational and in many cases, a defining point in their lives.

    Part 1: Self-Analysis and Action Planning (Tuesday, April 11th from 5:30 - 8:30pm)

    Part 2: Mind Mastery and Emotional Management (Tuesday, April 25th from 5:30 - 8:30pm)

    Part 3: Challenge to Change! (includes 3 free 45-minute coaching sessions with Nicole)

    Note: when you register for this event, you are committing to attend both workshop days.  The cost includes both workshops and the coaching sessions. Be sure to block your calendar for April 11 and 25.

  • 01/27/2017 7:26 PM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Feeding Your Brain for a Change - 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.

    The original 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.  And we look forward to hearing updates regarding your own brain health experiences. 

    In addition, if you have stirred up any brain healthy snacks and treats, please bring them to share at the meeting, along with a recipe handouts (enough for 20 people); and you could also include on your handout some information about resources you have found valuable.  Your guides, resources gatherers, and presenters for the meeting will be the core four:  Mary Charles Blakebrough, Fay Krapf, Hope Hills PhD, and Marguerite Lawn.

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

  • 01/27/2017 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Exploring Your Missions for 2017, Large & Small

    Vision” is a great word to get us thinking about what we see for our “next”, but how does our vision shape our reality? Utilizing the cultural impetus of the new calendar year to jumpstart participant’s reflective planning, Dr. Tyler Townsend will facilitate a program of mind-bender continuums, peer learning/coaching, and process challenges that foster personal and organizational health.

     Tyler Townsend holds a doctorate in adult education from NC State University, and thrives on connecting theory to practice across many fields. Fields like psychology, education, and spirituality are particularly close to home for Tyler, and they underpin his perspective in group facilitation. With an atypical resume that includes stay-at-home-dad, organizational strategy consultant, coach, chaplain, pastor, computer tech, mechanic and carpenter; you can expect some atypical answers to “what next…?” and “what about…?”

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

  • 12/02/2016 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
    What Was a Big 2016 AH-HA for You? Annual Tips & Tricks Exchange
    This is our annual SIG Holiday TIPS & TRICKS EXCHANGE (Joint Nov/Dec meeting)  The agenda is one that we have had for sixteen years. We gather to share something that has impacted us either professionally or personally during the year.

    ---  You can share your tip or trick with the group by telling us about it and/or making copies for everyone. We've found this to be one of our best programs - always full of surprises and a real GIFT to all of us!

    ---  We ask that you bring a book, a tip, a technique, a brain-friendly recipe, a picture, a poem, a great quote, or anything else that has inspired, pleased or touched you in the past year. If it has been surprisingly successful that's even better.

    NOTE: Join us for 2nd Annual Post-SIG lunch at Bocci's (5850 Fayetteville Road -- about a mile away) to celebrate all that we have learned/done in 2016.

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

  • 10/28/2016 11:29 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Facilitative Leadership: 7 Practices for Involving and Empowering Others

    Chris Williams of Interaction Associates will walk us through the 7 practice areas of Facilitative Leadership, a learning experience used to transform managers into leaders who bring out the best in others when, despite heroic efforts, they encounter roadblocks, lack of cooperation, and unforeseen delays. The content is organized around Seven Practices for involving and empowering others. A “practice” is a repeated action or behavior that leads one to proficiency and high performance

    Chris William's experience includes work in operations, recruiting, and complex research. He has supported senior-level executives in a variety of industries including economic development, government contracting, and strategy consulting.  Chris holds a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He has done pro bono work with The Interaction Institute for Social Change, Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity Boston

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

  • 09/30/2016 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Fierce Conversations - "What gets talked about in organizations determines what happens"
    "A fierce conversation is one in which we come out from behind ourselves, into the conversation, and make it real" - Susan Scott, Author, Fierce Conversations, A Wall Street Journal Best Seller
    When you think of a Fierce Conversation . . . think passion, integrity, authenticity, and collaboration. Think Leadership -- It is easier to give answers than to ask good questions, yet that is not the most effective way to grow talent and build ownership. People support a world they help create.

    Learn to have conversations that:

    • Help people think for themselves and identify their own solutions
    • Allow people to share their ideas and "truths" with confidence
    • Find a way to say what needs to be said for change to occur
    Molly Breazeale is the owner of AlignED, LLC. She brings 25+ years of facilitative and consulting experience to the field of leaders development and organization effectiveness. She is a Master Facilitator for Fierce, Inc., facilitating their courses since 2006. Formerly she was AVP, Learning and Development at Nationwide Insurance, the Global Talent Developer for ING Financial Services, and the Director of Product Design and Delivery for Dale Carnegie Training.

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

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