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  • 15 Feb 2019 12:12 PM | Kristen Thomason (Administrator)
    May 6-7-8, 2019 in Toronto, Canada A 3 Day Workshop with Dorothy E. Siminovitch, PhD, MCC and Dost Deniz, MBA, MCC 

    $200 discount for TODN Members! 

    Coaching has emerged as a distinctive competency and a professional calling. It is an important function that supports learning and intentional change. This workshop will outline, experimentally explore, and practice the skills that constitute effective intervention from a Gestalt perspective. Organizational consultants, coaches, business and human service professionals will find this workshop particularly useful in learning: Gestalt theory, concepts and methods; tools for facilitating individual and small group change and development; and data based-based observations about one’s use of self and the impact of one’s presence as an intervener and coach. Extensive skill building sessions, with faculty consultation and feedback are built into this workshop.

    Participants are supported in practicing the methods and tools that lead to effective coaching interventions to promote client awareness and enhanced choice. This is an intensive introduction to the larger ICF-accredited Gestalt Coaching Program (GCP) sponsored through the Gestalt Center for Coaching.

    Participants are guided in exploring and practicing the methods and tools which lead to effective and masterful coaching interventions. The rich feedback environment of the workshop provides a rare and rich environment supporting transformational learning.

    The goals of this 3-day workshop are to:

    • Foundational Gestalt principles, concepts, and methods
    • The differences and links between coaching presence and coaching use of self
    • Intervention skills for in-the-moment opportunities
    • Strategies for developing Awareness IQ
    • The 7 dimensions of Awareness IQ
    • Feedback skills

    Special Price of $800 CAD for TODN Members ($200 discount)

    For inquiries contact 

    See the flyer here: Gestalt Coaching_D9.pdf

  • 11 Feb 2019 8:29 PM | Jane Watson (Administrator)

    Business Coaching Advantage Certification Program™

    Part 1: Coaching Essentials  

    Next offerings in April: 

    1.     Blended Format 3 days in-person (April 10-12, downtown Toronto) + 8 weeks virtual practicum (April to June)

    2.     Fully Virtual Format begins April 25th and runs to September

    $200 discount for TODN Members! Early Bird pricing also available.  

    BCA Coaching Essentials is a 6-month program offered in either a fully virtual or blended format.  The program introduces you to the essentials of leadership coaching through a highly interactive and experiential approach – ideal if you are an HR or OD specialist, an aspiring leadership coach, and/or a leader with a significant focus on developing other leaders.  

    You will gain the competence, credibility and confidence to support the leaders you work with to lead and execute through times of unprecedented change. 


    • Part 1 is WABC Accredited -- graduates earn the designation: Registered Corporate Coach™
    • Continue on with Parts 2 & 3 (Advanced) to earn your ICF ACC or PCC credential.

    Gain the Business Coaching Advantage, created by PeopleDynamics Learning Group:

    Our Purpose: To support coaching and leadership development through positive appreciation, mindful engagement and a deeper connection with our humanity. 

    Our Advantage: Providing the theory, tools and practice for leaders to coach, and leadership coaches to succeed in complex work environments. 

    To learn more, please contact Maggie DiStasi at or call 416-988-5115.

  • 10 Feb 2019 12:32 PM | Jane Watson (Administrator)

    NeuroLeadership Institute’s Brain-Based Coaching Toronto

    Wednesday, May 1st - Friday, May 3rd

    Early-bird pricing on the Certificate program expires March 6, 2019. Don’t wait. Register today.

    Earn ICF credits and broaden your professional development through NeuroLeadership Institute’s Brain-Based Coaching; a dynamic training program that uses the latest in neuroscience research to help you quickly facilitate behavior change in others.

    The BBC has helped thousands of senior leaders, managers, coaches, and consultants develop new skills and generate measurable results. Learn effective, science-based ways to drive coaching conversations, set goals, and build new habits. Even if you have never coached before, the BBC can help you sharpen your workplace interactions and improve performance.

    The Brain-Based Coaching program is available in two variants: Coaching Skills and Coaching Certificate.

    Brain-Based Coaching Skills

    (3 Day Face-to-Face Workshop, May 1 - 3): $2590 USD

    Earn 24 hours of ICF-accredited live contact training and 12 self-study hours

    Brain-Based Coaching Certificate

    (Skills Portion + 16 x 90min weekly online classes): $5590 USD (or $4990 at the Early-bird rate)

    Earn 48 hours of ICF-accredited live contact training and 28 self-study hours

    Early-bird pricing on the Certificate program expires March 6, 2019. Don’t wait. Register today.

  • 02 Feb 2019 9:25 AM | Jane Watson (Administrator)

    Thursday, February 21, 2019 12 - 1pm EST

    Leading Strategic Innovation and Change Webinar with Al Blixt

    by International Society for Organization Development & Change (

    Register online


    In this webinar, Al Blixt, coach, consultant, author, and expert on innovation and change, will share with us how to lead strategic innovation and change. We will look at the benefits of truly leading innovation and change, not just talking the talk.

    Leading strategic innovation and change provides people with critical knowledge and skills important for success in encouraging and managing innovation. We will learn how to develop effective skills for the managerial and executive levels and what it means to create accelerated adaption for the demands of tomorrow. We will also look at how you change your infrastructure to an innovation hub!

    We will examine the three leadership roles of strategic innovation:

    1. The Leader as a Visionary

    2. The Leader as an Architect

    3. The Leader as a Change Champion

    Finally, we will discuss the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) as a key factor in your ability to be effective as a leader. The four elements of EQ are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. The good news is that you can learn to improve your proficiency in each of these areas. Al will discuss how to use Emotional Intelligence when you are in the roles of visionary, architect, and change champion.

    We look forward to your participation in this much-anticipated webinar!

    Albert B. Blixt (shown below) has more than 25 years' experience designing and implementing rapid strategic change in complex organizations. Mr. Blixt is a developer of the Whole-Scale Change methodology as Senior Partner at Dannemiller Tyson Associates. His area of expertise includes strategic planning, work process, and organizational redesign, leadership coaching, team development, training and the facilitation of whole system change. Al also serves as the Managing Partner of New Campus Dynamics, a firm that specializes supporting innovation and change in higher education. He is the author of four books including being co-lead author of Leading Innovation and Change: A Guide for Chief Student Affairs Officers on Shaping for the Future (NASPA 2015). Here is the link to his latest book:

    Register online

  • 26 Jan 2019 9:45 PM | Jane Watson (Administrator)

    The Toronto Organization Development Network is calling for board member nominations at our upcoming Wednesday February 13th AGM for the following four positions:

    • President
    • Director for Programs,
    • Director of Communications
    • Marketing Director.

    The TODN Board is a small and effective team, focused on creating great community and learning experiences for our members, and having fun along the way. Please feel free to contact us at if you want to know more.

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