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THE 2010 SIX BOXES® SUMMER INSTITUTE - June 21 -24, Bainbridge Island, WA


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Just 35 minutes by ferry from downtown Seattle, the Six Boxes Summer Institute offers a retreat from your usual work environment to learn new ways of developing exceptional performance across your organization. Whether you come for a day or two to sample one or both programs, or dive into certification for the full four days, you’ll come away with practical, actionable new ideas for improving performance in any organization.  This residential program affords opportunities for structured learning, informal after-dinner discussions, and optional programs to connect you to the outdoor beauty of Bainbridge Island.

You’ll learn how to:

  •  Accelerate out of the recession with higher productivity
  • Achieve greater team alignment and increased employee engagement
  • Build a common language and understanding for improving performance across all levels and functions, and
  • Maximize return on your organization’s investments in people.

You should attend if:

  • You’re responsible for improving productivity and engagement. Come experience the simple but powerful way to unleash the potential in your organization.
  • You’re interested in developing more effective managers. Consider SixBoxes Management Development as a foundation program for accelerating development of individuals and teams through performance-based management and coaching.

  • Your organization is considering adoption of the SixBoxes Approach. Take this rare opportunity to sample one or both of two key programs – Introduction to Performance Thinking and Six Boxes® Management Development.
  • You’re an experienced performance professional. If you want to bring this powerful but easy-to-communicate methodology into your professional tool box and marketing message, come for the full four days to become a certified SixBoxes® Coach or Workshop Facilitator

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Monday June 21

Introduction to Performance Thinking

Our foundation program introduces the models and plain English language of The Six Boxes Approach.  It provides a framework for improving performance that can be shared across all levels and all functions in an organization. Learn more

Fireside Chat: Organizational Leadership and Performance Thinking

Irada Sadykhova
Senior Director of Leadership Development, Engineering Excellence 
Microsoft Corporation.

Detailed daily agenda

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Tuesday June 22

Six Boxes® Management Development

This program teaches managers and leaders to define performance in a clear, actionable way and to create individual or team development plans. It helps managers improve goal setting, expand team capability, do succession planning, and build greater alignment and employee engagement.  It establishes a framework for integrating an entire management and leadership development curriculum, built from existing in-house programs and custom tailored modules. Learn more

Please note: This program is usually delivered in 2 half-day workshops with assignments in between, combined with individual coaching sessions scheduled over the following weeks. We will compress the workshop component into one day for those interested in adopting or customizing the program.

Fireside Chat: Self-directed Development and Performance-based Culture

Cynthia Riha and Carl Binder, Co-Founders
The Performance Thinking Network

Detailed daily agenda

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Six Boxes Certification Accelerator

We certify colleagues to coach others using the Six Boxes Approach (either performance professionals or managers and leaders) and to deliver our workshops. Depending on who attends, we will tailor a high-paced series of tutorials and application exercises to ramp you up to complete certification requirements following the Institute. This will be a small, selective gathering of highly motivated colleagues.  These days will include both day and evening sessions, to be determined based on interests and needs of attendees.  Learn more

Optional Environmental Programs

There will be opportunities each day to experience some part of the amazing 255-acre environmental education facility in which we’ll be staying. We will allow time in the program to enjoy the outdoors, take a docent-led nature walk, climb the tower to the top of the canopy, or learn about the sustainable architecture and design. How about the sustainable eating part?

Program Facilitators

The Summer Institute will be facilitated by Dr. Carl Binder and Cynthia Riha, co-founders of The Performance Thinking Network, assisted by invited guests. Their energetic instruction, leadership and coaching will give you plenty to do and a lot to take home. Experienced users from client companies will also be on hand to share their experiences. More about Carl and Cynthia. 



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Islandwood Educational Center
Bainbridge Island, WA

Accommodations & Meals

Single and double rooms are available.
For those staying overnight, 3 meals a day will be provided.
For those coming only for the day, lunch and dinner will be provided.
Sessions will end in the early evening.

Program Costs

Early Registration Discount: If you register by June 1st, a 15% discount will be applied on workshop fees.

Monday June 21 Introduction to Performance Thinking
$425 (including materials, lunch and dinner)

Tuesday June 22 Six Boxes Management Development Program
$425 (including materials, lunch and dinner)

Monday – Thursday June 21-24 Six Boxes Certification Accelerator
$1250.  Please contact us for details and to apply for the program.


Single room and breakfast
$175 per person

Double room and breakfast
$125 per person

How to Register

Capacity will be limited, so please inquire now if you are interested. Those wishing to attend either or both of the first two days can register here

If you are interested in the certification program, please call (206-780-8578) or email Dr. Binder to set up a telephone interview.

For more information, please call 800-358-3629 or write us at info@sixboxes.com.

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Monday June 21, 2010

7:00 – 8:00     Breakfast for residential participants
7:30 – 8:30      Registration
8:30 – 12:00    Introduction to Performance Thinking

12:00 – 12:30  Lunch

12:30 – 1:30    Optional nature hike or tour of facility
1:30 – 5:00      Introduction to Performance Thinking, cont’d
5:00 – 6:00     Time to relax and debrief with wine, beer and appetizers

6:00 – 7:00     Dinner

7:00 – 8:30      Fireside Chat: Organizational Leadership and Performance Thinking
                            Irada Sadykhova, Senior Director of Leadership Development, Engineering                                          Excellence, Microsoft

Tuesday June 22, 2010

7:00 – 8:00      Optional expert-led nature walk
7:30 – 8:30       Breakfast for residential participants
8:00 – 9:00      Registration
9:00 – 12:30     SixBoxes Management Development

12:30 – 1:30      Lunch

1:30 – 5:00        SixBoxes Management Development
5:00 – 6:00       Time to relax and debrief with wine, beer and appetizers

6:00 – 7:00       Dinner

7:00 – 8:30       Fireside Chat: Self-directed Development and Performance-based Culture
                             with Carl and Cynthia

Daily agendas for Wednesday and Thursday will be developed based on the needs and experience of the participants.

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