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  • 07/31/2015 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Was That My Energy That Just Left?

    July 31st [DATE CHANGED for July - 8:30-10:30 AM - (near Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham)

    This is a fun and insightful mini-workshop Sharon Carrington has presented to groups in many locations around the East Coast. So many of us are "running on empty" with our busy lives!  There really is another way to approach the dilemma of not having enough energy. I developed this workshop to help all of us manage our lives better.  Come and take a fresh look at time and energy. You may use any part of this short workshop with your own clients. Enjoy!

    Sharon's background includes Human Resource leadership roles in both the oil and pharmaceutical industries. She has had 6 different careers and her own consulting practice, which assisted Fortune 100 companies navigate changes in their companies.

    Sharon is now mostly retired, but her last position was with a division of The Washington Post Company.  She coached executive (CIA, FBI, Homeland Security) faculty members to teach online master level courses for George Washington University.

    As a master trainer, she is known for her lively, interactive and common sense approach to her topics.  Come join the fun and take away something to use in your own training tool box.

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

  • 06/26/2015 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
    The Hidden Costs of Unaware and Angry Executives - 8:30-10:30 AM

    The Gallup Organization found “Four times out of five - people don’t leave their jobs they leave their bosses.   From a 2014 survey by Inc. Magazine, “Three out of four people interviewed, reported that their boss is the worst and most stressful part of their job”  “Bad bosses cost the economy over $360 billion in lost productivity every year” (Inc. Magazine) They bring down productivity, engagement and morale of the workforce and negatively impact the bottom line of the organization.

    If you are a coach, trainer, OD practitioner, executive, manager, or on a team experiencing any of the following issues you may want to attend this Change SIG to learn common causes/effects and ways to help these individuals become more aware and effective.

    • diminished productivity or persistent fatigue
    • conflict with and among staff
    • resistance to  leadership
    • staff not meeting business objectives
    • stress interfering with productivity
    • difficulty transitioning or adjusting to greater responsibilities

    Peter Metzner, MA, MPA, PCC, BCC is a Professional, Board Certified Coach and Peoplemap tm Trainer. He has facilitated hundreds of training programs for universities, hospitals, colleges, schools, non-profits, associations, professional offices and businesses. Peter has served as Vice President of Client Relations and Program Development for The Leadership Trust.  Before joining the Trust, he was employed by the Center for Creative Leadership, where he helped customize executive development and training programs for major businesses and corporations.

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

  • 06/06/2015 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    I'll be hosting the 13th Annual Change Management Conference for The Conference Board, June 18-19.  I'm curious if anyone from our community plans to attend.

    This is my fourth year as the program director and it's interesting how the topics and focus have "changed" each year.  Here's a link to our program, http://www.conference-board.org/pdf_free/agendas/993015.pdf

  • 05/22/2015 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
    Intentional Networking: Three Tips to Word-of-Mouth Marketing Greatness
    (Friday 5/22  8:30-10:30 AM -- near Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham)

    Joe Novara strongly believes in the power of Business Networking and Referral Partnerships. Joe has been a sales professional for over 20 years selling both Printing and Real Estate very successfully. He attributes most of the credit for his success to the power of Networking and Referral Partnerships.

    In his talks, Joe shares how he overcame his fears of attending large networking events and the procedures he developed for getting the most out of every networking event. The relationships Joe has developed through networking have always been a great source of referrals and new business.

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

  • 04/24/2015 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    No Texting at the Conference Table! Can We Still Communicate?
    (Friday 4/24  8:30-10:30 AM -- near Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham)

    What would "No texting at the conference table!" be like? We'll look at improving our communication skills by going retro. Electronic devices and their advanced technology are amazing and essential to business. However, they also have an appropriate place and time. Let's change the way we communicate on a personal level - and reconnect by (temporarily) disconnecting.

    Pat (PK) Fontana -- WordsWorking . . .  for you and your business -- Workplace Communications Specialist. Helping businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals develop communication skills that work, through training and writing.

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

  • 03/27/2015 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    How Does FEEDING YOUR BRAIN Change Your Life, Memory- and Other-wise? (8:30-10:30 AM near Streets at Southpoint in Durham)

    NOTE: RESCHEDULED from 2/27 (ice day)

    Help SELECT January 23rd SOCIAL MEDIA TOPIC
    There is an incredible amount of neurological brain research going on, especially in the area of using food to improve memory, change auto-immune disease quality-of-life, lose weight, and other good things. Fay Krapf, Marguerite Lawn, Hope Hills PhD, and Mary Charles Blakebrough are pooling their collective experience with food plans, coconut oil, Tapping, and extensive reading of books, blogs, and attending online Summits with leading experts. Three books they are currently excited about are: (in 2014) Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet by Jimmy Moore with Eric Westman, MD (at Duke), (in 2013) Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure? by Mary T. Newport, MD, and (in 2014) The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine by Terry Wahls, MD.

    Join us for a discussion of new ideas in changing our clarity, productivity, and outlook using current research and experience. Bring along anything you have discovered to add to our brain food "stone soup."

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

  • 01/23/2015 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Social Media Expert Answers Questions #ChangeSIG (8:30-10:30 AM near Streets at Southpoint in Durham)

    Vickie Bevenour's first book Unleashing Your Inner Leader is due out in February and to prepare she went to social media expert Dr. Nannette Stangle-Castor, President & Founder of InnoVector Tech to learn about Twitter. Vickie was so happy with the results, she asked "Net" if she would do a Social Media program for us. Net responded by asking us what we wanted to hear -- which, after polling, is:
    • Twitter -- Why do we care about it? What is the value of Tweeting to us professionally? What do the hashtag and @ indicate?
    • Facebook -- How do we differentiate between personal and business accounts? Is it worth it to have a Facebook business account if we already have our own website?
    • How can you be authentic on social media?
    • What information would I want to share on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter?
    • What’s the value of listening to social media chatter? Is it worth my time?

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

  • 12/05/2014 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
    What Was a Big 2014 AH-HA for You? Annual Tips & Tricks Exchange  (8:30-10:30 near Streets at Southpoint in Durham).

    This is our annual SIG Holiday TIPS & TRICKS EXCHANGE and the agenda is one that we have had for fourteen years. We gather to share something that has impacted us either professionally or personally during the year. 

    We ask that you bring a book, a tip, a technique, 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: Check out January 23rd SIG - what topic would you like social media expert Dr. Nannette 'Net' Stangle-Castor to focus on??? Let Mary Charles know

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).
    (8:30-10:30 AM - near Streets at Southpoint Mall, Durham) 
    (8:30-10:30 AM - near Streets at Southpoint Mall, Durham)
    What Was a Big 2014 AH-HA for You? Annual Tips & Tricks Exchange 
    What Was a Big 2014 AH-HA for You? Annual Tips & Tricks Exchange 
  • 10/24/2014 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)
    Adventures in Facilitation: What's Hot and Happening?
    (8:30-10:30 AM - near Streets at Southpoint Mall, Durham)

    In this session, we will explore and share advances in collaborative team facilitation – the theory and practice.

    • Is it true that brainstorming doesn’t work?
    • How is technology being used to help cross-functional/cross-geographical collaboration?
    • Is it possible for entire organizations to adopt collaboration as an operating system instead of hierarchy?  
    • Is there a maturity model for an organization’s capability to do collaborative problem-solving?     
    Let’s share what we know about the frontiers of working together.

    Debbie Morris has been facilitating all kinds of groups, for all kinds of reasons, since 1985.  She has been studying what’s new in the practice this year. She’ll share her findings as a springboard for discussing what we’re learning from our own experiences as well. 

    For more information, contact SIG leaders, Vickie Bevenour  or Mary Charles Blakebrough (919-493-5424).
    Adventures in Facilitation: What's Hot and Happening?
    Adventures in Facilitation: What's Hot and Happening?
  • 09/26/2014 8:30 AM | Mary Charles Blakebrough (Administrator)

    Talent – On The Brink?
    Friday, September 26th - 8:30-10:30 AM

    Recently returned from Los Angeles, Richard Jordan is leading an interactive discussion on Talent Acquisition and Talent Management based on his work most recently in CA and in the UK, and on the gathering ‘perfect storm’.

    Richard Jordan is known for leading successful change, building and leading high-performing teams and for sourcing, securing and strengthening scarce global talent in Europe, North America and Africa.

    He has a passion for helping organizations to develop talent strategies and position themselves successfully for future business success. Richard has multi-sector experience; Sports & Entertainment, Enterprise Software, IT Services, International Development, Airline, Financial Services, Transportation, Global Health, Higher Education, and Consulting.

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


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