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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - Having Fun Learning: Team Development Games That for Some Reason Work Around the World

  • 01 Jun 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room B, 4805 Edgemoor Lane Bethesda, MD 20814


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DC Area OD Practitioners Community of Practice

Topic: Having Fun Learning: Team Development Games That for Some Reason Work Around the World

Session Description:  One of the biggest challenges I have faced in my career as a trainer, facilitator, and OD practitioner has been how to make learning not only fun and interesting, but also applicable and useful. I don’t mind some silliness so long as it results in ah-ha moments or thoughtful discussion.  But adults can be tough critics. How can we provide an experience that they might enjoy, learn from, and even possibly change a behavior or attitude as a result of that experience?

Over the years I have filled my tool box, perhaps more commonly known as a bag of tricks, with a wide range of games/exercises that I have found adults enjoy, find challenging and not so silly, and have provided an opportunity for self-reflection.  Did they ultimately change behaviors?  In some cases I can say yes, in others I can only hope that long term change for the better really did happen.

What is so exciting about these games/exercises I will be sharing (and you will be playing) is that they have been successful in numerous countries around the world.

Join us for an evening of learning and laughter and fun and games. Experience a variety of games/exercises some of which will be new, some maybe well known, that have worked around the world, for developing teams.  Make your best guess to figure out what these games/exercises have in common that make them successful across cultures, languages, age, and gender.

Presenter:  Ellen Eiseman is a public health professional who has focused on healthcare management and supervision, capacity building, and organization development for more than 30 years. Her experience includes working in more than 25 countries in both the public and private sectors and all levels of the health systems helping NGOs, Ministries of Health, Hospitals, and Clinics improve the quality of the services they deliver. Currently the health practice director in Chemonics’ Global Health Division Ellen contributes to setting and attaining Chemonics’ vision for health programs. She also serves as co-chair for the SID/W International Health and Nutrition Workgroup. She holds an MSOD from AU/NTL and an MPH from UCLA. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.    

CoP Leader:  Mark Sachs, ma.sachs@verizon.net.

Cancellation policy: Registrants should contact Mark if they need to cancel.

Additional notes:  A $5.00 per person contribution is requested to help pay for rental of the room.

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