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For more than 55 years, the Potomac Chapter of International Society for Performance Improvement has been on the leading edge of evidence-based professional development in the fields of Human Performance Innovation and Organizational Health & Effectiveness in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  We focus on performance innovation that accelerates organizational health and agility, cultivates high performing teams, and liberates the superpowers of our members.

About you:

You believe that being better matters. As consultants, educators, and leaders in Federal, State, and Local Government, Education, Non-Government Organizations, Non-Profits, and Commercial Businesses you want to make our world of work a better place. You want to make a bigger impact in your world of work and want to learn, practice, and share evidence-based, "best-of-the-best" tools and mindset shaping performance innovation practices.


Upcoming Events

    • Thursday, July 23, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Thursday, August 27, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Four Sessions Online via Zoom or In-Person if Social Distancing Conditions Permit. Registration for the first session registers you for the 4 session series.
    • 10

    Accelerate Team Performance with Emergenetics

    Draft OPM SF182, Section B - Training Course Data: SF182 Accelerating Team Performance DRAFT.pdf 

    This 4-part "leadership lab," aligned with OPM Executive Core Qualification: 2 (Leading People), equips leaders to create high-performing teams by utilizing Emergenetics to align team members with the mission of their organization.

    In this workshop, leaders will gain the tools they need to strengthen collaboration, alignment, and inclusion to achieve results.

    This is not your average series on leadership. Unlike the ever growing number of webinars that seem more like a monologue; we will explore a dynamic digital multilogue powered by MURAL.

    Tap into your employee's innate strengths with this hands-on “leadership lab” we will:

    • Strengthen your ability to lead and align remote distributed and non-distributed teams
    • Recognize and maximize the benefits of Thinking and Behavioral diversity
    • Integrate a WE approach (cognitively inclusive approach) with Emergenetics to enhance team outcomes.
    • Examine individual and team interactions, relationships, engagement, and results.
    • Adapt behavior to improve communication, productivity, customer services, and culture
    • Align team actions and outcomes to the priorities of your organization and your unique mission
    • Identify and leverage your leadership superpowers to quickly adapt to changing team and organizational dynamics
    • Learn to spot the friction that may be derailing your efforts and pick up a few tips to help get back on track
    • Identify changes in the collaborative leadership landscape as it’s being shaped by the pandemic and technology
    • Develop a personal leadership action plan to apply your new skills immediately with your teams

    Multilogue with Peter, Angela,Teresa, and Zikiria as we examine the new realities of collaborative leadership and apply your Emergenetics strengths to create inclusive high-performing teams. During the webinar we will be immersed in the multilogue so please join on a device with a full size screen such as a tablet or laptop. If social distancing protocols at the time of the workshop permit & all participants agree, sessions may be conducted in-person in the metro Washington D.C. area.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Using the Emergenetics Spectrum Report and Emergenetics+ Digital App, create a leadership action plan to strengthen team alignment with your organizational mission, improve team and customer collaboration, and ensure inclusion in traditional/distributed work teams. (OPM ECQ: 2 Leading People)
    • Assess team dynamics to proactively reduce unproductive conflict resulting from patterns of cognitive bias and integrate appropriate actions in a team charter using the WE Canvas for Teams. (OPM ECQ: 2 Leading People, Conflict Management)
    • Create a psychologically safe and trusting team culture that fosters productive collaboration, transparency, and commitment to excellence in meeting your organizational mission (OPM ECQ: 2 Leading People, Team Building)
    Participant Toolkit and Resources (you will receive):
      • Digital participant guide
      • Pre & Post Session eLearning
      • Individual Roadmap and Action Plan
      • Digital We Canvas for each team member
      • We Canvas for Teams for each team

      Leadership Labs will be held:

      • Thursday, 23 July 2020
      • Monday, 27 July 2020
      • Thursday, 20 August 2020
      • Thursday, 27 August 2020

      These sessions are presented by Ventivia, LLC

      Peter Baverso, PMP®, ACP®, CSSBB®, is on a mission to help 10,000,000 people liberate their potential. Peter is an experienced thought leader, active in the organizational development and lean/agile performance community since 1996. Peter leads Ventivia, LLC; is President of the Potomac Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement; served as the human performance lead for the US Marine Corps Systems Command and as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Phoenix, John Sperling School of Management; and is Board Member of the Innovation and Organizational Change Management Institute. Peter helps leaders at all levels achieve smarter communication, faster collaboration, and stronger commitment with evidence-based tools and practices that accelerate innovation and impact. He is the author of the EX5 Innovation Framework, Human Performance Architecture Framework, and Agile from the Heart™ Leadership Development & Coaching Program.

      Peter is also certified trainer and mentor with the HeartMath® Institute and is a core member of "Activating the Heart of Teams," Global Cohort. Peter is also an Emergenetics® Certified Associate, bringing the neuroscience of teams to organizations around the world.

      Angela Low is a Senior Workforce Development professional at the Department of Homeland, Office of Inspector General in Washington D.C. She has 14 years experience in mission support capacities with the Department of State and Department of Defense domestically and abroad. She holds a B.A in Government and International Politics from George Mason University, a B.S in Instructional Design and Technology from Texas A &M University and is a PhD in Education Candidate at George Mason University. Angela is also an Emergenetics® Certified Associate, with a research interest in applying Emergenetics in the Federal workforce.

      Teresa Valais, MA is a Learning Architect and digital learning designer with strong project management skills. As an eLearning instructional design specialist, she is experienced in the full instructional design life cycle and multiple methods of training implementation. Her projects include leadership development, train-the-trainer, and workforce development in higher education, government, and non-profit institutions.

      Ms. Valais combines expert knowledge and application of adult learning and instructional design principles. She has extensive background designing the blueprints for graduate level courses in higher education and managing large-scale government online and blended professional development projects involving complex communications with diverse constituencies across the globe. Interculturally competent, Teresa offers a high tolerance for ambiguity and proven ability to manage diverse, cross-functional teams using strong analytical and problem solving skills.

      Zikiria Chaudharyis an Agilist with experience connecting stakeholders to deliver value and empower organizations. He develops innovative products by working with organizations from ideation to delivery. His client work has focused on product management, program/change management, strategic analysis, and training. This work has culminated in a modified mapping technique resulting in rapid prototype, design, and development of products. Zikiria’s clients span the Financial Services, SaaS, Consumer Products, Government, Education, and International Development industries. Currently, he serves as President and Chief Agilist of CITAZ LLC, where ideas become reality. He also serves on the board of the International Society of Performance Improvement - Potomac Chapter as Director of the Innovation Institute. 

      It’s our moral obligation as leaders to cultivate the superpowers of our people for the 4th Industrial People Re-Evolution.

      ISPI Potomac: We are the professional home for innovative leaders, educators, consultants, and designers in Federal, State, and Local Government; International Development; Education; and Non-Government Organizations around the world. Our people share a commitment to community, collaboration, and co-creation to help make our world a better place for all.

      ISPI Potomac, founded on the Native American lands of the Piscataway, Nacotchtank (Anacostan), and Manahoac peoples of North America.

    Past Programs

    Monday, December 02, 2019 2019 Holiday Celebration
    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Thinking Forward, Applying the Science of Group Performance to Liberate Agility, Part Two
    Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Thinking Forward, Applying the Science of Group Performance to Liberate Agility, Part One
    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Thinking Forward: Using Neuroscience to Build Agile Teams
    Tuesday, May 21, 2019 New Masterclass Webinar: Cultivating creativity, compassion, and social intelligence with Maria Lineger
    Tuesday, March 19, 2019 IMPROV as a leadership competency to enable an agile 21st century workforce with Andres Marquez-Lara
    Monday, December 10, 2018 Holiday Celebration & Design Challenge Demonstration
    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Design Thinking for Innovation in Government Series with Wilson Claure
    Saturday, July 21, 2018 ISPI Summer Storytelling Institute
    Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Modernize the Customer Experience for the 21st Century, Design Thinking with Wilson Claure
    Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Coaching the 21st Century Workforce, Evidence Based Coaching with Dr. Jennifer McCullough
    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 think small, move fast, and embrace agility: Agile Teams with Zikiria Chaudhary
    Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Training for Agile Teams, Essentials to create outstanding Training Sessions - Learn brain-based techniques to let the learners Learn with Nash Tripathi
    Saturday, March 03, 2018 ISPI Potomac Design Thinking In Action Summit
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Roll up your sleeves session - new performance innovation research
    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Next Generation Performance Analytics
    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Free Webinar - Performance, Organizational and Environmental Analysis
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Leveraging the Basics to Design High Performing Work Systems
    Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Agile Government is not an Oxymoron: Helping Agencies Sense and Respond in Today's Environment
    Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Introduction to Human Performance Technology (HPT) - Presentation & Recorded Webinar Now Available
    Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Disrupting Ignorance - What is Our Role?
    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Creating Project Alignment through Team Symbols and Visual Metaphors with Deep Insight Visualization
    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 ISPI International Conference Magic Moments and the promise of Credentialing
    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Exploring the Learning Experience Canvas™ (Limited Seating)
    Tuesday, April 11, 2017 1M Data Points - Using Behavioral Analytics to Improve Learning Outcomes (Members-Only Webinar)
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Creating Momentum Matters: Intervention Design with Practice-based Solutions
    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Applying a Network Lens to Performance Improvement
    Monday, December 05, 2016 2016 Chapter Holiday Mingle
    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Mobile − Advances That Support Human Performance
    Tuesday, October 11, 2016 The Hint of Leadership: Advice for the Change Weary Leader
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016 The vision statement: The single most overlooked factor in the HPT Model
    Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Government Transformation: Treading Water or Riding the Wave
    Tuesday, July 12, 2016 From Average to Awesome Team Centered Performance Improvement
    Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Performance at the US Coast Guard
    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 2016 ISPI Conference Debrief
    Wednesday, March 16, 2016 ISPI CPT Certification
    Tuesday, February 09, 2016 What are Needs?
    Tuesday, December 08, 2015 ISPI Potomac Mingle 2015
    Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Learning through Electronic Performance Support (EPS)
    Tuesday, October 13, 2015 The Metrics of Any Kind of Performance
    Tuesday, September 08, 2015 The Resilient Leader
    Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Talent, Performance and a Costly Assumption
    Tuesday, June 09, 2015 Accelerating your Career with the ISPI CPT Certification
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Mindful Innovation: Using the HPT Model to Facilitate Sustainable Transformation
    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Let's Talk About Employee Development
    Tuesday, March 10, 2015 Your Performance Improvement Questions Answered
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015 ISPI Potomac Mingle
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Strange Bedfellows: Data and Behavior in the Change Diagnostic Index
    Tuesday, December 09, 2014 Best Places to Work and Employee Engagement
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Organizational Analysis: What is it...and why should I care?
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Coaching and feedback: Research and practices that you can actually use
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Managing and Motivating Millennials: The secrets to engaging the next generation
    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Using LinkedIn to Learn From and Grow Your Professional Network
    Tuesday, July 08, 2014 2014 ISPI Conference Debrief
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Exposition: Keynote Presentation by Rick Rummler plus mini sessions
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Rick Rummler presents Rediscovering Value

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