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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, February 18, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Thursday, June 17, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online via Zoom and MURAL

    The lessons from the past may not be enough in the new “post-COVID” world. Our leaders find themselves confounded by accelerated change in the already complex public sector, education, and global business environment.

    The call to action for leaders at all levels “post-COVID” is to use this moment to break from the inertia of the past by dispensing with any suboptimal old habits and systems. To be successful, we need to shake up the “culture of the industrial age mindset” to catalyze a more fearless, inclusive, and agile way of leading - Leading Beyond the MASKS (TM)

    Several members of ISPI Potomac were selected to serve on the core team as part of the Presencing Institute’s ulab2x program. You are invited to join us on this 4 month action learning project to help re-imagine Leadership Beyond the MASKS using advanced agile, design-thinking, and remote facilitation tools and techniques.

    Here’s an outline of the program:

    2/18 Prep for Co-Sensing I: 3D Mapping presented by Presencing Institute

    In the co-sensing module your team begins mapping and co-sensing the system you are collectively trying to change through your initiative. 

    Use the methods and guidelines below to co-create a 3D model of the system in question. After creating the model, you go out into the real world—to the edges of the system—to gather the key observations and insights. 

    Learning Objectives 

    During this module you will establish a better shared understanding of how all stakeholders experience current reality - but in particular, the ones who are most marginalized or excluded from conversations about changes that will impact them. 

    3D Mapping Workshop Scheduled Separately

    3/18 Prep for Co-Sensing II: Stakeholder Interviews & Sensing Journeys presented by Presencing Institute

    Rather than a workshop, this module takes team members into the system, either in person or virtually. For that reason, the format differs from other modules. As a core team, you will decide whether your extended team members join you as interviewers or are themselves interviewed. If you are in a context that allows the team to design and take a Sensing Journey, we highly recommend it. If this is not possible, try to reach out to a wide variety of stakeholders, including those on the margins, to see the issue or system as a whole. 

    Stakeholder Mapping, Stakeholder Interviews, and Sensing Journeys Scheduled Separately

    4/15 Prep for Presencing presented by Presencing Institute

    In the Presencing Module, your team will come back together for a deep dive that brings together the horizontal connection of co-sensing with the vertical connection to our inner sources of knowing in order to connect with the social field of the system you are working to change. 

    Learning Objectives 

    During this module, you will transition from looking at the system from the outside to exploring what it looks and feels like from within. This will surface deeper leverage points for change and prototyping possibilities. 

    By the end of this module, your team will generate: 

    • A new shared perspective and language for moving from current reality to an emerging future reality. 
    • A further revised set of driving forces that shape the system you are collectively trying to change, along with core questions and insights into opportunities related to each of them. 
    • Prototyping ideas that you can explore together in the weeks ahead.

    4D Mapping Workshop Scheduled Separately

    5/15 Prep for Crystallizing & Prototyping presented by Presencing Institute

    Vertical Prototyping is an awareness-based practice for translating an idea or a concept into experimental action. In the Crystallizing & Prototyping module, you will bring together the learning from your 4D mapping and your sensing activities to crystallize and evolve your prototype idea. The exercises below guide you through this process. You will then design and explore your prototype ideas by doing: taking concrete actions that generate feedback from relevant stakeholders and help you to iterate. 

    Learning Objectives 

    • Learn to explore the future by doing 
    • Listen to the feedback the universe is offering to you 
    • Develop a living microcosm of the future that is wanting to emerge 
    • Iterate, iterate, iterate

    Vertical Prototyping & Storytelling Workshop Scheduled Separately

    6/17 Prototype Demos and Celebration

    It’s our moral obligation and legacy as leaders to cultivate the superpowers people - Leading Beyond the MASKS TM.

    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

Thursday, October 15, 2020 Using Chatbots for Learning and Performance
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Accelerating Team Performance with Emergenetics and HeartMath Online Workshop $450.00
Friday, August 07, 2020 Leading Beyond the MASKS
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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