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May 1, 2009
Creating Agile Learning Games for Coaches & Consultants
McMenamins Kennedy School

Presented by Chris Sims and

Mar 3, 2011
CEO Group Coaching Program
DoubleTree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland - Lloyd Center

Do you want to figure out what’s holding you back from greater profitability, revenue growth and fully engaging your employees in your vision for the company?

The CEO Coaching Program will unlock your power as a leader to achieve these goals and bring about growth for your company, as a direct result of your contributions.

How It Works

  1. . Pick a game-changing project for the company
  2. . Work on it intensively for six months with structured support, making huge strides
  3. . Receive and give coaching among other CEOs from comparable organizations
  4. . Be pushed out of the comfort zone and into the growth zone, by highly qualified coaches

Agenda The SPTLI format involves 12 three-hour group-coaching sessions over a six-month period, meeting bi-weekly. There will also be 30 minute, one-on-one coaching phone calls in the weeks between sessions.


  1. . Introduction to the Process, and Identify each CEO’s Project
  2. . Refine the Project and Get Feedback
  3. . Finalize Project and Create Action Plan
  4. . Metrics and Performance Management
  5. . Uncover Blind Spots, Receive Coaching, Advance the Project
  6. . How a CEO can Coach Direct Reports, Advance the Project, Trouble Shoot
  7. . More on CEO as Coach, Advanced Delegation Skills, Advance the Project
  8. . At least one CEO has a major setback by now; we all use it as a learning tool as we get that CEO back on track – everyone learns from this experience; remaining sessions are highly customized to what emerges in the group
  9. . From Breakdown to Breakthrough – using the setback to illuminate problems and create growth
  10. . Begin to wrap up the project, Delegation trouble-shooting, Empowered work teams
  11. . Further wrap-up and trouble shooting
  12. . Celebration and planning for how to keep up the momentum

As the CEO, you will be asked to bring in a challenge – some burning need, chronic problem or stalled initiative that, if improved, would break you and your company out to the next level.

In the group sessions, you will receive frank, powerful coaching from our facilitators – a former CEO and a highly experienced business coach. You will also get feedback and support from your peers in the room and guest CEO’s who will participate in some of the sessions. You make commitments for keeping your project on track every week and report on results at each session.

Mar 15, 2011
CEO & CIO Executive Coaching Preview
DoubleTree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland - Lloyd Center

In this powerful three-hour session, you will learn and practice a new way to coach your own direct reports, a method you can put to use immediately — while getting a preview into the upcoming “CEO and CIO Group Coaching Programs” from the Portland Transformational Leadership Initiative (PTLI) and Oregon Training Network (OTN).

A recent Portland Development Commission (PDC) survey of the Portland technology community found that the single greatest need is for more effective mentoring opportunities. We are responding to this need by adapting our already successful C-level six-month coaching program – now focused exclusively on CEOs and CIOs. In this three-hour preview session, you will get a taste of the full six-month program while experiencing a highly effective and structured approach to executive and peer coaching.

You will walk away from this first session having new insights into how you work with your direct reports and you will have a stronger sense of areas you’d like to improve in, related to your ongoing work as a CEO or CIO. We do this through illuminating blind spots, building up weak areas, and amplifying your strengths.

Find out if “CEO or CIO Group Coaching” is right for you, and walk out with new tools in this dynamic stand-alone session for coaching your team and helping them coach their direct reports.

May 11, 2011
Technology Executives Group Mentoring Preview
Stoel Rives LLP

May 11, 2011 from 7:45am to 10:30am Sponsored by Stoel Rives


According to a recent Portland Development Commission survey, the most pressing need for this area’s software and high tech leaders is mentoring.

When we gather together, we can create extraordinary breakthroughs for each other. We’re calling you to a gathering of CEOs and top executives from Software, Information Technology Developer and Provider Companies for a morning of exceptional candor, honesty, and mutual assistance on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 7:45 AM to 10:30 AM at the offices of Stoel Rives, 900 SW 5th Ave, 19th floor.

Come join Richard Lazar, four-time CEO and serial entrepreneur at this Oregon Training Network event. Facilitating will be Tom Cox and Gabe Fasolino of the Portland Transformational Leadership Initiative (PTLI), creators of the CEO Group Coaching Model

You’ll get four primary benefits from attending this meeting:

  1. The chance to address a problem you’re facing — maybe one you don’t think is solvable
  2. The opportunity to receive support and connect with other CEOs
  3. The opportunity to give support to other CEOs
  4. Hands-on experience using a powerful organizational-change tool you can take back to the office and use with your team, thereby multiplying their effectiveness

More info:

Mar 9, 2015
PDX Women Founders Forum
Tonkon Torp LLP

Hi All -

Our own Liz Bacon - co-founder of the Women Founders Forum - will talk about the story of her startup, from beginning to a very successful end.

This event is kindly sponsored by Tonkon Torp and TIE Oregon - thank you!

Topic is: "The Story Arc: Fireside chat with Liz Bacon", with the awesome Liz Bacon.

FindWellness founder Liz Bacon will talk candidly about her journey from inception to product launch, all the way up to her company's recent acquisition. Can't wait to see you all!

Oct 19, 2016
Agile Coaching Network - Online Meeting

Welcome to the nuCognitive Agile Coaching Network.

Do you need help with your Agile adoption? Or, would you like to give advice to others on what worked or did not work as you were doing an adoption in your own company? If so, then than I am excited to invite you to attend the Agile Coaching Network. It’s an online community and a bi-weekly webcast that allows you to learn and share with other Agile practitioners.
​ Ray Arell will be the moderator of the bi-weekly event. The agenda and format are very simple, we are using a park bench chat style where everybody can participate. The goal is to get and provide help with adoption of Agile and other related topics. If no topic is introduced, then as the moderator I may propose a topic to get the group talking.

The ground rules are simple: · Keep it conversational. Jump in if you have something new to say. · One person talks at a time. · No shameless promotion. · Generate light not heat. Our goal is to support people. · Lastly, we will be recording the call for podcast. Remember you manners

Our facebook chat group is here:

It’s completely free and safe. Just subscribe below to join the mailing list.

Propose and vote on topics for this week's meeting at - meeting #9488

Sep 17, 2018
Agile Practitioners' Book Club: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery

Join us for a beer (or beverage of your choice) and a snack at the Rogue Eastside Pub to discuss Patrick Lencioni's book "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team". If you work with teams and team success, this book may be an interesting addition to your library.

Lencioni tells the story of a troubled Silicon Valley firm and the new CEO faced with uniting and guiding a team of leaders with the aim of making the company a success. Through this business fable, Lencioni highlights the common dysfunctions that he claims can cripple any team: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. He offers ways to assess a team and provides actionable steps on how to overcome each of the 5 dysfunctions.

Food for thought:

  • This book tells the tale of a CEO refashioning the dynamic of an executive committee. Do fables apply to everyone?
  • Is Lencioni right? Does he name the most important dysfunctions that challenge the teams you work with?
  • What can we learn from this representative tale about development teams? Where can we add our own wisdom to Lencioni's model?

We look forward to learning what Agile mindsets bring to the table! Tip: It's worth reading some online book reviews for critical perspectives.

Please visit our Meetup link to RSVP:

Dec 5, 2018
Learn to Coach: Tech Managers & Teams

Learn to Coach: Tech Managers & Teams is an immersive workshop that breaks down the fundamentals of coaching for managers in startup and technical environments. Over the course of the morning, we'll learn the elements of effective coaching and have time to practice, too!

This isn't your average coaching conversation - it's hands-on, no slides, and really fun (we promise - you get to build things, make stuff, and break stuff!) It's also not a leadership development class! This workshop is about actionable, real-world techniques that you can apply in your daily work immediately.

This course is designed for new and mid-level managers who have teams of 1+ people. It can also be a great tool for HR and people managers who are looking to add coaching skills to their toolboxes.

Dec 12, 2018
Agile Practitioners Book Club: Flat Army
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery


Join us for a beer (or beverage of your choice) and a snack at the Rogue Eastside Pub to discuss "Flat Army" by Dan Pontefract. He says he has the strategy to solve the challenges of unhappy and uncommitted employees, and it's based on empowerment:

"Your people are your most valuable asset, and if you want them to excel (and your profits to soar), you'll need to abandon your traditional command-and-control management style and adopt a collaborative, open leadership approach―one that engages and empowers your people. While this isn't a particularly new idea, many leaders, while they may pay lip service to it, don't really understand what it means. And most of those who do get it lack the skills for putting it into practice. In Flat Army you'll find powerful leadership models and tools that help you challenge yourself and overcome your personal obstacles to change, while pushing the boundaries of organizational change to create a culture of collaboration."

Let's discuss the pros and cons of his approached and compare it to our real-world experiences and experiments.

We look forward to your creative insights!

Tip: It's worth reading some online book reviews for critical perspectives.

Jan 18, 2019
OEN Coaching Program

OEN’s new Coaching Program is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to share their goals, challenges, insights, and advice in an intimate and confidential setting. Limited to 15 participants, this Program is supported by a certified Coach and a network of mentors with expertise in various topics. Participants will meet monthly for a period of six months, though we expect the connections you make will endure long after the program ends.

Coaching and leadership development can often be inaccessible for entrepreneurs at this stage, which is why OEN is partnering with Geffen Mesher, one of Portland’s local accounting firms, and Industrious, Portland’s newest co-working space, to pilot this coaching experience. Participants will be assigned a small group of partners within their cohort to connect with between sessions to tackle pressing and emerging issues. All participants will be able to contact everyone in the cohort and all the mentors on an ongoing basis.

Entrepreneurship is hard, but it’s much harder if you try to go it alone. You need the support of other founders and startup executives who can “feel your pain” and help you solve real-life problems in real time. You also need experienced mentors who can help guide you on your path.

Eligibility: Founders and/or leaders of companies currently experiencing significant growth who want to learn how to scale up their business from an experienced coach, a peer cohort, and a network of mentors/experts in various fields. This is the perfect “next step” after our Startup Series.

Program: This six-month pilot program will kick off with a half-day session with subsequent sessions running for three hours. Participants will be also be matched up with a small Pod cohort to discuss emerging issues, homework, and other matters as they arise in between monthly meetings.

Given that many startups face similar challenges, we have curated a group of mentors, each with expertise on topics relevant to leaders of companies at this stage, including legal, accounting, sales, marketing, leadership, finance/fundraising, and more. These mentors have agreed to provide advice and support to the participants for the duration of the program. They will attend the first and last session and may appear as guest speakers when appropriate.

Prior to the first session, participants will be invited to take the Clifton Strengthsfinder Assessment to identify their Top 5 Strengths so that over the course of the Program, participants can expand their effectiveness, learn to leverage others’ strengths, and extend the collective strengths of their team.

The format of the monthly meeting will have one mentor present for the first 1-1.5 hours with a facilitated group discussion to follow. The discussion will be customized to the specific needs of the participants.

Topics: Topics will focus on issues the group identifies, but we expect to include:

Developing a Sales Pipeline Marketing Accounting/Finance/Fundraising Legal: IP, entity issues, HR, raising capital Teaming Leadership Presence and Culture Outcomes: Participants should expect the following outcomes:

Accelerate the growth of their companies Build a winning culture Collaborate with and build lasting relationships with trusted peers Connect with expert resources Become a better leader Dates Jan 18 Feb 8 March 8 April 12 May 10 June 14

May 30, 2019
"Coaching for Results with the Agile Fluency™ Game" Workshop
through Agile Fluency Project

Only a few seats left and only a few days left to sign up for “Coaching for Results using the Agile Fluency Game” workshop in Portland OR, May 30-31. Play the simulation of 2.5 years in the life of a software team. How much benefit can you earn? Learn many ways to share the game experience with teams, product people, managers & leaders, scrum masters, and more. Register now. More details at

Oct 17, 2019
Coaching for Results with the Agile Fluency™ Game

Play the Game

Join James Shore and Diana Larsen, authors of "The Agile Fluency™ Model: A Brief Guide to Success with Agile," for a two-day Coaching for Results with the Agile Fluency Game Workshop at the Agile Fluency Project offices in Portland, Oregon.

The Agile Fluency Game provides a rich platform for learning about the benefits and trade-offs of adopting agile practices. You can use this physical, euro-style board game simulation to create stand-alone exercises or as part of a coaching/consulting practice, engineering leadership programs, or a larger training course. Learn how, as you create your own custom play-book from a series of mini-workshops using the game materials.

You will receive your own copy of the Agile Fluency Game and learn its secrets. Then you’ll move beyond game facilitation as you gain the knowledge to design powerful interactive learning experiences. For more about the game, visit: .

Feb 21, 2020
"An Introduction to the Agile Fluency Model" workshop
Agile Fluency Project LLC

Curious about the Agile Fluency Project? This is the place to start!

Learn about the Agile Fluency Model, the Agile Fluency Lifecycle, and play the Agile Fluency Game.

You’ll gain new insights into what Agile can look like in your organization and how to invest in change.

May 11, 2021
Peer Pressure: A Peer Coaching Event
Virtual Zoom Webinar

Looking to meet new professional contacts but want to skip the small talk? Interested in getting help in facing work challenges head on? Ready to learn the best way to have positive and supportive professional relationships to become a better leader?

Welcome to the power of peer coaching.

Peer coaching is awesome! It's a mutually supportive, powerful form of learning and development where peers work together to reflect, share ideas, teach one another, or solve problems in the workplace through deep inquiry, accountability, direct feedback, and encouragement.

Peer coaching also helps build emotional intelligence, which is indispensable when stepping into leadership positions. The best leaders take the time to learn and practice skills like active listening, empathy, open communication and effective feedback, which can all be learned through practicing successful peer coaching relationships.

Join StartOut for a 1-hour peer coaching event where attendees will:

Learn basic peer coaching strategies like active listening, asking open questions and giving/getting effective feedback Get matched with 3 new people and meet 1:1 together for 15 minute breakout sessions Get to know each other by sharing your story with conversation prompts, practice your new peer coaching strategies, and create meaningful connections Have the opportunity to stay in touch and continue supporting your new contacts throughout the year

About the host:

Hi! I'm Tracy (they/she), a StartOut programming board member. I design strategic programs for client companies who focus on community. In the past I've built experiences for Airbnb, Girl Scouts, Ketel One, the Alliance for Downtown New York, the Brooklyn Museum and more.

I'm also an independent creator, building events and programs like Lady Boss (curated talks and speed mentoring for womxn and non-binary people), Radical Sabbatical (a creative retreat to take a break and make some progress) and Queer Future (a community for LGBTQIA+ folx to talk about work).

I've also participated in many group coaching, peer-led or cohort-based learning experiences over the years, so I know a lot about collaboration, active listening, asking honest questions, and giving/receiving feedback.

StartOut, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the largest national organization to support LGBTQ entrepreneurs with 17,000 members nationwide. Its mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ entrepreneurs and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of the community. StartOut helps aspiring LGBTQ entrepreneurs start new companies; supports current entrepreneurs as they grow and expand their existing businesses; and engages successful entrepreneurs as role models and mentors, on its online portal and through targeted events nationwide.