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  • 07/27/2018 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
    The Artist as Leader: How Renowned Artists Lead in Turbulent Times
    In these uncertain times, alternative leadership strategies are needed to achieve useful, inclusive progress. The generative arts world provides a fresh perspective for enhancing prosperity in today’s environment. When issues such as “innovation, disruption, creativity, and design thinking are already inherent in a system (i.e. the arts), what does it look like to lead change in that world, and what can we learn from it?

    Over the past two years, Rob Kramer (presenter), in partnership with the Kenan Institute for the Arts, has been conducting a series of interviews with famous artists to explore this question.  In this conversation, we will discuss how successful artists such as T Bone Burnett (musician and producer), Jane Chu (NEA Chairperson), Krista Vernoff (Executive Producer of TV’s Grey’s Anatomy), Vivian Howard (chef and James Beard award winner), and Susan Jaffe (former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and “quintessential ballerina of the 20th century”) use the creative process to develop and achieve leadership success. This fascinating discussion will provide unique insight into how successful and creative people lead today.  Published interviews can be seen here:

    For more information on the Change SIG, contact the leaders, Vickie Bevenour or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573,

  • 06/29/2018 1:33 PM | Anonymous

    We invite you to join our upcoming workshop on 7/26/18! The Business Imperative of Kindness of Equity in the Workplace.

    Check out our EVENT LINK!

    What is the role of kindness and equity in the context of today’s fast-paced and competitive business environment? Incorporating kindness and equity into your business and people practices is not easy, but we believe it is increasingly necessary for organizations to maintain a competitive edge and survive in today’s world. We will share our definition for kindness and equity within a business context and provide practical examples for building a kind and equitable workplace that has a direct impact on business productivity and innovation. You'll leave with specific actions you can take to build an organization that is kind, equitable, AND profitable. 

    Our speakers are partners at Paradox Consulting Partners. The Paradox team includes MBAs, PhDs, and other advanced degrees in organizational psychology, business, and human resources. They share many decades of national consulting experience to successful organizations including Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. 

  • 06/29/2018 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Designing Your Life: Apply Design Thinking Tools
    Come learn how to apply the tools of design thinking to build toward a life you love. Based on the book "Designing Your Life" by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. An ongoing question many of us face is "What am I going to be when I grow up?" It is asked by those from high school to retirement. One of the tools proposed by these two outstanding Stanford University professors is to think like a designer, meaning to skip thinking your way forward but instead building your way forward, prototype by prototype. 

    Dr. Leigh Shamblin's background includes 20+ years of global leadership experience in education, international development, technology, and healthcare. Her current teaching, practice and scholarship focus areas include: leadership, design thinking, innovation, executive education, business/life coaching, change management, evaluation/assessment and sustainability. Leigh is currently a professor of practice at NC State University.  

    For more information on the Change SIG, contact the leaders, Vickie Bevenour or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573,

  • 05/25/2018 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    I Didn’t Sign On for This: Dealing With Constant Change in the Workplace
    Won’t it stop?! Today’s increasing pace of change can create a personal and work life that mirrors the experience of standing on the baseline at a tennis court and having your opponent fire balls from a tennis cannon at you. This type of change seems constant; before you can assimilate one change another comes along. The phenomenon has become known as “Repetitive Change Syndrome (RCS).” 

    Moving through change, and especially leading in times of change, takes time and energy; it’s extremely stressful. In this program, Mike will lead us through an interactive, lighthearted, and fast-paced session on one of these:

     -- How to recognize the change effects on you and the organization
     -- Why we resist change and how to lower resistance
     -- How to more easily embrace and work within the change
     -- How to use practical time and management strategies to better deal with the stress of change.
     -- How to move on to the new reality

    Change isn’t going to slow down; if anything, it’s going to speed up. Accepting and addressing change isn’t complicated it’s just hard; this program makes it simpler.

    --  Mike Collins has presented, “I Didn’t Sign On for This!” for a wide range of corporations, associations and government agencies. He is president of The Perfect Workday Company and author of The Perfect Workday Book.
    -- For more information on the Change SIG, contact the leaders, Vickie Bevenour or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-656-9573).
  • 04/27/2018 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Last month's CALL FOR SPEAKERS for 2018 Change SIG programs resulted in speakers for April, May, June, and Oct. Nov/Dec will be annual Gifts Program 12/7. If you are interested in presenting July 27, Aug 24, Sept 28 let us know. THX!

    Conversational Intelligence® and the Neuroscience of Conversation
    In every aspect of our lives, our ability to connect—to be in relationship—is vital to our well-being. Building quality relationships means establishing a foundation of trust and safety, courageously exploring ideas openly and honestly, genuinely seeking to understand and grow with others. As coaches and consultants we know that the ability to build relationships starts with emotional intelligence, and the only way to put that intelligence to work is through conversation.

    Conversational Intelligence® is a coaching and consulting framework developed by Judith E. Glaser, and based upon a growing body of neuroscience research. We are now able to understand much more about what’s really going on in our brains during conversation. We become aware of the power of words to trigger positive or negative responses, and Judith has provided us with a wealth of conversational skills, tools, and rituals for us and for our clients to become better, more competent communicators.

    At this Change SIG, Carol Brainard will give you a brief introduction to the C-IQ framework and the neuroscience of conversation, introduce you to some of the C-IQ essential skills, and lead you in activities that will enable you to experience the value of C-IQ tools.

    Carol Brainard is an executive coach and OD change consultant who specializes in trust- and relationship-building skills for senior leaders and their teams. She is a Conversational Intelligence® Certified Coach, having been a member of the first cohort of the Core and Enhanced programs in 2016.

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

  • 03/23/2018 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Image result for free irish icons This month we are also putting out a CALL FOR SPEAKERS for Change SIG programs this year, all on 4th Friday's 8:30-10:30 AM except June (4/27, 5/25, 6/29 [5th Fri], 7/27, 8/24, 9/28, 10/26). Nov/Dec will be annual Gifts Program 12/7.

    How Going with the FLOW Can Lead to Enhanced Leadership Performance 
    Flow was initially designed to promote the enrichment and happiness of individuals. A large body of research has shown that maintaining a Flow-promoting workplace is a win-win proposition for owners, managers, as well as for the workforce, irrespective of whether the organization is a business, government agency, or non-profit.

    The “Leadership and Flow” research is based on the lifetime work of Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihályi who has contributed pioneering work to the field of Positive Psychology (a fun trick to remember his name is “Me high? Cheeks send me high!”).

    In recent years, the concept has been extended to organizational performance improvement and leadership development. The study and application of Flow theory has become a comprehensive research program and a global network of academic and corporate partners.

    ​In partnership with Csikszentmihályi, Zsadány​ (Zad) Vecsey​, a fellow economist​ , developed a ​global-award-winning serious management game called FLIGBY.

    The mission of the game FLIGBY is to identify, measure, and help develop leadership skills that, if applied, would help create a Flow-promoting work environment.  

    Susan Hasty will present what she's learned about Flow and how she uses FLOW theory​ and FLIGBY in her work to ​ help leadership teams understand how they can design their infrastructure to enable peak performance. 

    We'll explore ways you can incorporate Flow into your life and FLIGBY into your practice working with organizations.  

    Susan has completed the Flow Fundamentals course offered by The Flow Genome Project and is a certified partner of ALEAS Simulations, Inc., the developers of FLIGBY.

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

  • 02/23/2018 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Feeding Your Brain for a Change - 2018 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 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.  A new twist will be about social media's impact on the brain. 

    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: Fay Krapf, Hope Hills, Marguerite Lawn, Mary Charles Blakebrough and Mindy Schrager.

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

  • 01/26/2018 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Create Your Offer with Authentic, Clutter-Free Communication
    How do you talk or write about your work? All of us, no matter how much success or experience we've accumulated, can be better at communication.

    Julie Mitchell, CoachWalks® founder, will guide us on a path to clear, compelling messages about who we are and what we do.

    • Explore your true voice, so interactions reflect your gifts and talents.
    • Free yourself from verbal weeds, over-used words, anxiety, and other pitfalls to connection with those who need your help.

    This program is open to all, including consultants, coaches and creative solopreneurs who want to show up at their best.

    About the facilitator:

    Julie Mitchell, MA, has devoted her career to teaching and learning integrated, effective communication skills. She is humbled by her work, as mutual understanding may be "simple," but it isn't easy! She supports clients' curiosity, courage and confidence as they find their voices, discover opportunities, and navigate change. She's also a part-time musician and an occasional blogger. 

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

  • 12/01/2017 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Big 2017 AH-HA for You? 17th Annual Tips & Tricks Exchange

    This is our annual SIG Holiday TIPS & TRICKS EXCHANGE. It is a joint Nov/Dec meeting and the agenda is one that we have had for 17 years. We gather to share something that has impacted us either professionally or personally during 2017. 

    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.

    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!

    NOTE: Our third annual after-SIG lunch will be at a nearby restaurant open for lunch. Feel free to join us (last year we went to Nantucket-Sutton Station, 5826 Fayetteville Road).

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

  • 10/27/2017 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Epigenetic Coaching: Optimizing Human Performance and Potential

    • Are you familiar with the emerging fields of genomics and epigenetics or curious about what they mean?
    • Would you like to learn how epigenetic coaching can help individuals optimize performance in all aspects of life?
    Epigenetics involves the study of how lifestyle choices and environmental factors significantly impact the way our genes are expressed and ultimately our health and well-being. As health-conscious individuals seek new ways to improve their performance, the demand for coaches in this field is growing rapidly. 
    By assessing an individual’s unique genetic blueprint, their lifestyle and environment, epigenetic coaches provide clients with customized, actionable plans and coaching to take charge of their human potential
    In this session, you will learn the key concepts of epigenetics and epigenetics coaching, and view a sample client profile and plan. You will learn how changes in one’s lifestyle can maximize quality of sleep, improve mental acuity and facilitate stress resiliency. Finally, you will leave with an understanding of how to learn more for yourself and your clients

    Janet McGillicuddy has over 20 years of diverse experience as a senior HR Leader and certified executive coach for Fortune 500 firms. Janet is most passionate about helping others achieve their highest potential by aligning their strengths and passions and by practicing a whole-person approach to coaching.  To strengthen her background, Janet has pursued a unique Epigenetic Coaching Certification Program through the Apeiron Center for Human Potential.  This program enables Janet to assess each client’s unique genetic blueprint, their lifestyle and environment and create customized coaching plans to help them optimize their lives.
    Janet holds a BS Degree from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations and a Graduate Level Certificate in Executive Coaching from William James College.  She is certified as an MBTI Instructor and Leadership Brand Instructor. 

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

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