What's your idea of perfect?

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  • November 21, 2015 12:31 PM
    Message # 3652914
    Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    If you could wave a magic wand and make Chicago ISPI Downtown Community Meetings perfect, what would that look like to you?

  • December 02, 2015 12:03 PM
    Reply # 3671199 on 3652914
    Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    Time of day:

    • Lunch? 
    • Before work? 
    • After work?  
    • Saturday morning?

    Meeting length: 

    • 1 hour? 
    • 1.5 hours? 
    • 2 hours?


    • Where you work?
    • Chicago Public Library?
    • Restaurant?
    • Other ideas?
    What is important to you?
    • Why do you want to be part of this group?
    • What do you want to get out of it?
    • What interests you?
    • What professional growth do you want to work on?
    And, maybe most important - tell us about you!

    Last modified: December 02, 2015 12:18 PM | Ann Battenfield (Administrator)
  • December 03, 2015 12:33 PM
    Reply # 3673097 on 3652914

    Hi, this is Dan Johnson.  I am a performance consultant/executive & team coach/trainer who has resonated with ISPI's approach on desired outcomes and sustained performance improvement for 20 years.  I'm also a musician (trumpet) and big fan of Chicago's architecture.

    Here are my thoughts:

    Time of day: 

    • During work hours, lunch, immediately after work (in that order of preference).  As long as I have enough advanced notice, I can schedule my work around a daytime ISPI meeting.

    Meeting length:  

    • 1 to 1.5 hours


    • Library or someone's place of work, somewhere we can focus on the meeting content and attendees and not be distracted by having to eat at the same time.  If we do a lunchtime, I'd prefer to have lunch first, then formally start the meeting after a designated lunch time.

    What's important to me:

    • Learning and growing professionally with new tools, techniques, and ideas - what new approaches and technology are colleagues using or seeing their clients use
    • Connecting with, and building relationships with, other professionals who share the ISPI perspective on performance improvement whom I might call on to work with me on large scale projects
    • Continuing to expand my business
    • Having fun!

  • December 18, 2015 3:47 PM
    Reply # 3709369 on 3652914
    Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    Hi Dan - let's pick a date!  Library sounds perfect - I can call and reserve a room. Shall we say end of day - like 4 PM?  People could leave work a bit early and come, but still get home at a reasonable hour. 

    I'll throw out a couple dates: Jan 11th, 18th, 20th, 21st, or 28th. Any of those work for you?

  • December 19, 2015 4:40 PM
    Reply # 3710679 on 3652914

    Monday or Wednesday is good for me. I could also set up a GotoMeeting session for those who can't travel.


  • December 20, 2015 1:11 AM
    Reply # 3710863 on 3652914
    Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    Of Mondays and Wednesdays, Mondays work almost the best for me. I have few other things to compete with on Mondays - usually very quiet for me in that regard.

  • December 21, 2015 3:44 AM
    Reply # 3712209 on 3652914
    Dan Johnson

    I'm scheduled pretty tightly in January but could plan around regularly scheduled meetings beginning mid-February.  If you set up a date in January, let me know if attending virtually might be an option.  If not, I will see folks in February.

  • January 10, 2016 4:13 PM
    Reply # 3751012 on 3652914
    Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    Holidays and my mom's surgery got the best of me... Mom is fine and holidays are over, so back to Chicago ISPI!

    I contacted the library - 9 people is the max for the free study rooms. We can try that. I contacted Cindy Miller to see if Grant-Thornton would host on a Monday or Wednesday at 4 PM; waiting to hear. If they cannot, I'll schedule something for early Feb and early March at the library and we'll see what happens.

  • January 14, 2016 9:41 AM
    Reply # 3758519 on 3652914
    Cindy Miller

    Hi All - We usually have space at Grant Thornton and if we don't, the State of Illinois Building food court is just across the street. I can't imagine the food court would be that busy in the afternoons. Once we have set dates I can look at our reservation system and see what's available. We also have a great new informal gathering space where we could meet also.


    Time of day:

    • Lunch? yes
    • Before work? probably not
    • After work?  yes
    • Saturday morning? no

    Meeting length: 

    • 1 hour? yes
    • 1.5 hours? yes
    • 2 hours? depends on the timing - after work or late afternoon I could do 2


    • Where you work? sure
    • Chicago Public Library?
    • Restaurant? sounds good too
    • Other ideas?

    What is important to you?

    • Why do you want to be part of this group? Connect with other HPI professionals and share ideas
    • What do you want to get out of it? learn more about how others are doing development, etc.
    • What interests you? translating the research into the learning; leveraging more informal (non-training) ways for people to learn - yet making sure that they get the most out of it; change management
    • What professional growth do you want to work on? I need to get comfortable leading teams again, so just the opportunity to contribute to a group such as this will help me exercise that muscle again

    And, maybe most important - tell us about you!

    I am a manager in the Learning and Organization Effectiveness group at Grant Thornton. We are going through a transformation right now with a new leader and firmwide culture initiative. My goal is to find a landing spot where I can have an impact on my clients and support them in their roles to be the best that they can be.

    Outside of work, I love yoga and cooking and spending time with my family.

    Looking forward to getting to know everyone and have great exchanges.


  • January 15, 2016 1:18 AM
    Reply # 3760034 on 3652914
    Ann Battenfield (Administrator)

    OK - let's just go for it. The food court could work out OK - late in the afternoon we might find a relatively quiet space - and for the first meeting, it's definitely OK.  And, if GT has space, works great, too.

    I say we go for Feb 1 or Feb 8, then March 7, then April 2, all at 4 PM. We'll see how it works.

    Anyone have a preference over Feb 1 or Feb 8?

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