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Jul 24 2017
Feedback from The 2017 Six Boxes® Summer Institute


We had a great group of participants at our 2017 Six Boxes® Summer Institute. People were bubbling over with new ideas, great questions, and a lot of fun.

We filled up  the rooms this year and expect that will happen even earlier next year. We love it small – under 50 participants – to keep things friendly and human-sized. That’s part of what makes it so good. 

You always leave with  new friends!

2018 Dates and Fees

The 9th Annual Six Boxes® Summer Institute will be June 17-21, 2018.  Please mark your calendar, even if you don't yet know you can attend. It'll prompt you to ask for budget and plan for time away. We’ll maintain the same pricing for 2018, so you can submit your budget request accordingly. This is a great development opportunity for you and your team.

While the theme and specific topics will change in 2018, we’ll keep the same overall design. We'll announce more details in coming months. If you’ve never been, check out the schedule and pricing for 2017 to get a good overall idea of what happens.

Many New Ideas!

Participants recorded new ideas during the program. One of my mentors, Dr. Ogden Lindsley, used to write down new ideas at conferences, and say he was having a "good" conference if he came up with 10 or 12 good new ideas.

This year, our top ideas person recorded 61 new ideas!  The average was in the mid-20s. People came away with a lot to think about and many practical ideas to apply.

Feedback from 2017 Participants

Here are a few comments from participants:

Staff Trainer:  "Top-notch experts. A beautiful and comfortable rural setting. Knowledge-hungry and driven participants. All from different backgrounds, with a common goal of furthering the culture of Performance Thinking."

Organizational Behavior Management Specialist:  "The Six Boxes Summer Institute taught me techniques and terms that I can apply to my job that help turn average performers into great performers. Performance Thinking helps you remember that your organization is set up to produce exactly the results that it produces now, and that we often need to change the system to change performance."

Program Manager:  "I found my time at the Summer Institute valuable for learning, professional development and networking with a variety of bright people –  all passionate about improving performance in their chosen field."  

Learning Business Partner:  "When attending conferences I've always felt they were worth my investment of time and money if I return to work with at least one great idea per day to try that will make me more effective. During three days at the Summer Institute I captured 25 new ideas from which to choose.  Talk about exceeding expectations!  And the whole experience nourished my soul." 

HR Business Consultant:  "You need to attend, even as a seasoned practitioner.  It proved more valuable than any ATD or ISPI conference I have attended, plus the food is really good. I really liked the mix of scholarly research-based, and anecdotal material presented.  The Summer Institute was the best conference or seminar type of learning opportunity that I have ever attended."

For the 8th year in a row, someone told us that the Six Boxes® Summer Institute was the best professional development experience of their careers. We must be doing something right!

We hope you can attend in 2018.  Please be sure we have your email address (form at the bottom of our home page ), and we'll let you know as our plans develop for the 9th Annual Six Boxes Summer Institute, June  17-21, 2018, at beautiful Islandwood on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. 

I think it's safe to say that we'll have another really good one!

- Carl Binder, CEO


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