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This is the time of year that allows us all to take a few minutes to reflect on happenings of the year and to be thankful for what we have accomplished.  We at CBODN are thankful for many reasons.  First and foremost, we are thankful for our community - our members, volunteers, supporters, presenters, conference sponsors, association management company, our... the list goes on and on.  We began our 2014-2015 year with many new Board members.  Together, we have a cornucopia of knowledge, experience, talent, enthusiasm, and dedication which, combined with those and other traits of individuals within our community, create a dynamic, successful whole.  We, the Board, are thankful to be part of the larger picture that is our Network, supporting OD practitioners throughout the metro DC area.  We are thankful for the time and effort of our conference committee team that resulted in a fabulous Conference in 2014.  Our 2015 Conference is shaping up to be one that should not be missed! 


We wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving! 


See you soon,
Deanna Larsen






December 16, 2014

Coaching in the Middle:  How Group Coaching Builds Communities of Leaders and Learners

Holly Williams


Building on everyone's understanding of Executive Coaching, the basic structure and methodology of Group Coaching will be shared, along with lessons learned and typical results from group coaching programs.  Participant will walk away understanding group coaching and how they could use group coaching to develop leaders and learners.

Each attendee with receive a FREE copy of the newly released book, Being Coached:  Group and Team Coaching From the Inside written by Ann V. Deaton and Holly Williams.




Location: Westwood College - Arlington Ballston Campus
4420 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203 


*6:15-6:45 PM | Networking & Light Appetizers
*6:45-8:45 PM | Evening Program 



Holly Williams 


Registration Fee:            Before December 16       At the Door
CBODN Members                       $20                            $30
Non-Members/Guests                 $30                            $45


For registration questions, please contact CBODN Support.

*Refunds will not be issued within 48 hours of an event as catering and other event related costs are associated with registration at that time. 



The 2015 CBODN Conference - CULTIVATING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES - will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 with post-conference sessions on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the beautiful College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd., East Hyattsville, MD  20783 (www.marriott.com/wasum).


The 2015 conference will investigate the many ways in which our profession cultivates sustainability. We will explore the triple bottom-line of people, planet and profit across sectors; delve into ways organizations are successfully sustaining the outcomes of OD interventions; and examine new ways to sustain ourselves as practitioners and strengthen our community of practice.
Look for more information on speakers, sessions, sponsors coming soon!  



In 2014, I had the fortunate opportunity of celebrating major milestone anniversaries of both CBODN (30 years) and my current employer, Evans Incorporated (Evans) (20 years). As the Directory of Community Engagement on the CBODN Board, and a Project Manager at Evans, I recognize these anniversary milestones serve as a reminder of what is most important when it comes to building lasting teams, managing projects, and running successful businesses. Celebrating successes big and small, early on and throughout, and especially when a company hits challenging times, is key to motivating individual employees and achieving staying power in the industry.   


As a Project Manager at Evans, I have learned first-hand the challenges of balancing competing priorities, including: exceptional delivery versus timeliness; effective communications versus managing disparate stakeholders; and the approach of collaborative versus directive decision-making. With many priorities to manage, it can be easy to lose sight of the human component behind what truly drives projects. 'People', often viewed as a collective group, has become a ubiquitous term as amorphous as 'organization'.  To effectively lead and manage projects, I have learned the value of deconstructing 'people' into 'individuals', by focusing on celebrating who each individual person is.  I consider the following questions: "Who are the individuals on my team, on my project, and within my circle of influence? What celebrations are important to each one of them?" By understanding what drives each person-and celebrating these drivers - I am able to discover their unique talents, skills, and interests.  This allows me to align them with the right role on our engagement and keeps them motivated to be successful. 
With that in mind, I have developed a list of my favorite ways to celebrate successes. Some ideas are original, and others are ideas I've picked up along the way.

The Collective Resume: When forming new teams, create a large resume template using flipcharts to capture topics of interest to the team. Examples may include: education, work experience, skills, hobbies, and unique traits. Ask each team member to fill in the chart. Once completed, you will have one resume containing collective experience and pertinent details of your team. Have fun debriefing!




Team Snacks: Remember what it was like to trade snacks in the school cafeteria? The excitement of acquiring chocolate chip cookies for your bologna sandwich was too awesome an experience to leave behind in grade school. Bring the spirit of sharing to work by asking team members to trade their favorite snacks. This is a great way to energize the team following a post-lunch slump and lends itself to interesting stories behind each snack. Also consider celebrating small wins by providing smoothies for your team or other afternoon treats. For more significant celebrations, collaborate with the rest of the management team to serve and cook plated breakfasts for your staff. Adding aprons and chef hats is a definite crowd pleaser! 




Peer-to-Peer Recognition: Hands down one of the most effective and well-received celebrations of success is a peer-to-peer recognition program. At Evans, we celebrate individual contributions during our monthly staff meetings. Anyone can nominate a peer for demonstrating any one of our core values. The nominee is then recognized at the staff meeting with a certificate describing their contributions and a gift card to a retailer of their choosing. Similarly, sending handwritten thank-you notes to staff members and clients is a low-cost method to celebrating achievements, both big and small. 




Knowledge Sharing: In my experience, asking teammates to share something they are good at, or just simply weigh-in on a debated topic, has been a great motivator and avenue to celebrate their talents and contributions. To celebrate this during project close-out, my team and I complete a world café on lessons learned.  In the table set-up, we keep a spot reserved for team recognition. In this space, every team member has a personalized card that states "[Name's] best contribution to the project was..." Each person then completes the sentence for all the cards which is a great avenue for highlighting individual talents.

These are just a handful of opportunities to infuse celebrations into your daily operations. In the spirit of success, please share your favorites, too! 


Iliana Alvarado, PMP, MSOD, MSKM

For more information and registration, click on the SIG name below. Also, check our SIG page on the CBODN website.   

Organization Constellation SIG | Fri. Nov. 28 | 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM 

Topic: "Systemic Coaching"
Location: Washington, DC
Leader: Harrison Snow | teambuilder@msn.com  


Coaching SIG | Tue. Dec. 2 | 6:40 PM - 9:00 PM 


Topic: "Discover Your Juicy Work"
Location: Bethesda, MD
Leader: Peggy Linden | peggy.linden@gmail.com 


OD Book Discussion SIG | Wed. Dec.3 | 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 


Topic: "Open Mic" Book Discussion
Location: McLean, VA
Leaders: Paula Pierce (VA) | paula.pierce@peridonastrategies.com 


New OD Practitioners SIG | Thu. Dec. 4| 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM 


Topic: "Constellations - A Sea Change in Change Methodologies"
Location: Bethesda, MD
Leader: Mark Sachs | ma.sachs@verizon.net 


Baltimore-Washington SIG |  Wed. Dec.17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Topic: "Oganizational Culture:  Hidden Truths That Impact Performance"
Location: Columbia, MD
Leader: Pat Foye | 410-703-0983 (c) | patricia.p.foye@gmail.com

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