Commonwealth Centers For High Performance Organizations


Inaugural Networking Session 10/18/2013 0830 to 1030


Next Session November 15th 0900 – 1100 focused on 10-15 minute short presentations around ‘key learnings/insights from your experiences’ at the High Performance Learning Center (Suite 8, 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard, Ballston Spa NY 12020 (Exit 12, East Side near Fairfield Inn))



1.    Schedule next session (November 15th 0900 – bring an interesting friend/ colleague)

2.    Prepare 10-15 minute short presentations around ‘key learnings/ insights from your experiences’ – bring copies & send to Julie Gage or Phil Harnden if you want posted or shared before the session


Conversation Flow

1.    Introductions

a.    Name, Brief Biography, Areas of Current Expertise / Interests

2.    What are you interested in doing in the future?

3.    Thoughts on Next Steps?


We held the inaugural session of ‘interesting’ people interested in potential collaborative efforts in organizational effectiveness / performance improvement / technical (data warehousing, etc.) attended by nine folks. One of us had some experience in California with a similar group of people who would get together to share experiences, make connections, create opportunities with others, etc. That group had a basic mantra of ‘there’s more than enough interesting work to go around’ so we should collaborate instead of competing.


Our experiences range from

·      Narrative capture (and analysis, story-listening, etc.) to

·      Data warehousing (all things database and interesting real time applications) to

·      Writing RFPs to

·      Performance improvement frameworks (and coaching individuals and groups) to

·      Performance measurement to

·      Toyota Production System (and all things lean, re-engineering, process mapping, lean for leaders, change management, creating the structure for black belt efforts, etc.) to

·      Taking advantage of social media/ marketing / mentoring young students to

·      Graphic design (including branding, logos, mixed media, etc. and promises of a link to a relevant blog) to

·      Supporting volunteer and non-profit organizations in complicated regulatory discussions.


We talked through a number of potential collaborative and partnering opportunities framed loosely around ‘what do I want to do when I grow up’ and general interests. We had two folks from Lake Sacandaga (and learned about how regulating the lake has changed) and most others between Albany and Saratoga Springs with a number in Burnt Hills, Clifton Park and Latham area.


We also talked just a bit about the Malta Business Professional Association and the Consulting Alliance and how we might interface/ partner/ network with those groups going forward—discussion for the next session, for sure. We (sort of) agreed to give a LinkedIn group a try (as an experiment) with a range of experiences (and successes) with social media connections. There were also mixed reviews on the utility of web sites as a source of connections and work opportunities.


One of the most interesting tidbits to emerge was a factoid that one of the local school districts is the 13th WORST school district in the United States and the conversation swung to how might we get involved to assist given our backgrounds and experiences. More information to follow, I’m sure.


After the session a few us worked on a potential name for the group (should we continue) – how about something around Collaborative Consulting Network. Other options??




















Ronald (Buzz)




Let me know of any needed changes and we'll hopefully see you in November!
Dr. Phil Harnden
Commonwealth Centers for High Performance Organizations (CCHPO)
21 Deer Run
Gansevoort NY 12831
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(cell) 518-265-2899 (home) 518-583-1720
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