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2017  Six Boxes Summer Institute

Bainbridge Island, WA        June 18 - 22,  2017                 

Save these dates!  We're still working on the program for our 8th Annual Six Boxes® Summer Institute, but descriptions below from our 2016 Six Boxes Summer Institute will give you a good basis for deciding whether this is for you.

 We'll have final pricing soon, with details of the program to follow. 

Looking for a chance to learn and network with like-minded professionals, with the time and relaxed setting to reflect on new ideas and their implications? The Six Boxes Summer Institute is a unique blend of user conference, hands-on workshop and professional retreat. We bring together performance professionals with all levels of experience, some new to Performance Thinking and some very experienced, then we build an agenda with opportunities to learn, to practice, to question and discuss, and we do it all in a beautiful location tucked into the woods on an island in the Puget Sound. It’s unlike any event you’ve been to.

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The Summer Institute brings together individuals from many roles, many industries, and often diverse countries, but everyone shares a passion for performance improvement. Whether your interest is as broad as strategic planning or as focused as peer coaching, whether you’re a team leader or an HR executive, whether you’re an internal or external consultant, the program will address your needs and interests. There will be plenty of others who have faced the same challenges. We keep the institute small enough so you can get to know almost everyone, but big enough to include a diversity of perspective and experience. We promise to send you home with new ideas, new capabilities, and a list of new colleagues.

Resource > IWentrance.jpg by:Our venue is Islandwood, an outdoor educational facility on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. The facilities are rustic but comfortable (yes, there's wifi), the food is fresh and delicious, and the 255 acres of forest offer miles of trails for hiking, strolling, or running. We strive to create an environment where you can learn and interact more deeply, in a focused and relaxed way.

Here’s what a few participants from years past had to say:

"Amazing experience. Fun, educational, universal approach that you can apply to most situations and environments. Very engaging - learned a lot."

"A great environment to learn about, discuss and explore the applications of the Performance Thinking-Six Boxes approach. Good balance between thought leadership and application. Small enough so that you don't feel like "just another conference participant". Truly have an opportunity to engage with Dr. Binder and Cynthia, and thought provoking conversations with other participants. All in a great atmosphere - peaceful, quiet, away from the busyness of the city/work, with great food and accommodations."

"The networking was incredible and the learning never stopped!"

"Well designed content and presentations by the developers of the models; incredibly smart participants from diverse backgrounds who are inspired to contribute with their own examples, experiences, questions and insights."

“Loved the relaxed atmosphere coupled with the intensity of ideas.”

You'll find below:

Program: Two Ways to Participate

We're again offering two ways to participate, one for those new to Performance Thinking and one for experienced users. We aren’t calling them tracks because you will at times be together and at other times be in separate sessions. This will allow those who have never completed one of our programs to acquire a practical capability — coaching with the Six Boxes Approach — while learning the basics of Performance Thinking.  Those with experience will have opportunities to learn advanced applications with and from each other.

Option 1: Six Boxes® Performance Coaching  

(Monday through Thursday)

The easiest on-ramp to Performance Thinking is learning to have a performance coaching conversation with another individual. This program will break down the elements of the approach in a simple but comprehensive way, and then show you how to conduct a conversation about performance leading to agreed-upon action steps for improvement. This program is equally valuable for leaders and managers or performance professionals working with clients and stakeholders, while providing a solid foundation for other applications of Six Boxes Performance Thinking.

We’ll spread the workshop over 3 days, starting with a full day on Monday, then work Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Afternoons and Thursday will be in combined sessions with experienced participants where you’ll have the opportunity to practice with them and be mentored. This path is required if you have not already completed either the Six Boxes® Practitioner Program or one of our programs for leaders and managers. Experienced users who are considering Six Boxes Performance Coaching for their companies, or who would like to learn the application for themselves, are free to register for the program as well (please contact us if you're interested).

Option 2: Mini-Workshops and Special Presentations

(Monday evening through Thursday)

For experienced users who have completed either the Six Boxes Practitioner Program or one of our Coach-Manage-Lead programs, we've organized a 2-day series of sessions on selected topics to explore applications in greater depth, share case studies and insights, and learn from one another based on the group’s diversity of experience and roles.  In the afternoons you'll participate with the full group, sometimes having the opportunity to mentor and coach those learning the approach for the first time.

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General Sessions – From our 2016 Program (updated soon)

The following are some of the sessions that will include everyone regardless of the program you choose. These may be updated as we refine the agenda and confirm speakers.

Not Another Coaching Model

There are so many out there. Instead we’ll show you how Performance Thinking Coaching works with the other models and how you can integrate its unique capabilities with what you already have.


Executive Performance: Accountability versus Contribution

What happens when you try to define the performance of a CEO? We’ll share with you a case study and how that work produced new insights about the performance of senior management and an unexpected new tool for performance planning.

What’s to Be Done? Goals, Reviews & Performance Development

Whether you’ve done away with annual reviews or are looking to create a new structure, we’ll explore alternatives that integrate what you know about performance from The Six Boxes Approach. How do we set meaningful, actionable goals? How do we plan and develop performance with effective follow through? What would a continual performance evaluation and improvement cycle look like?

Applying Performance Thinking in a Company Merger

A user of the approach will take us step by step through how they used the approach to plan for and execute a merger, then drive performance improvement once integrated.

Sustaining Performance Improvement

What does it really take? A panel of users will share their experiences, their tools, and lessons learned.

Packaged Implementation Planning

One of the great applications of Performance Thinking is planning for implementation of any change initiative or new program. We’ve accumulated a lot of experience and helpful tools and will share what we’ve learned. 

Logistics & Costs


Islandwood Educational Center
Bainbridge Island, WA
(a 35-minute ferry from downtown Seattle)

Accommodations & Meals

The Summer Institute is a residential program. The program cost includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and beverages. Meals are healthy and delicious (you will rave about the food, we guarantee it), and include vegetables from their organic garden. They gladly accommodate any adjustment you might request (vegetarian, non-gluten, non-dairy, etc.) Lodging is provided in simple but comfortable rooms with a private bath. 

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Program Costs

Early registration discount ends in Early May (TBD)

Option 1: Six Boxes Performance Coaching  + General Sessions  (4 days)      

Option 2: Special Topics + General Sessions (3 Days)

If you are a non-profit or a small organization, please contact us about discounted pricing. We have limited spaces available for select clients.

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Single room   price TBD
Shared double room   Price TBD
Shared triple room   Price TBD

 "I stay at hotels far too often and prefer something a bit different. IslandWood met this criteria perfectly. Food was healthy and delicious. Staff was friendly and welcoming. I was able to get outside to run, walk, and enjoy nature."



The deadline for the early registration discount will be in early May. Please note that we have a limited number of  rooms available so we recommend registering early.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call 206-780-8578 . 

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