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    Making Correct Assumptions about Others: Climbing the Ladder of Inference

    Date: August 4, 2016, 7:30am
    Jackson Lewis
    10701 Parkridge Blvd # 300
    Reston, VA 20191
    Event Type:
    Discussion Group Meeting
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    The Ladder of Inference is a very simple concept.  We often make assumptions  or we draw conclusions about others based on incomplete information or preconceptions.  Think about a time when you made an assumption about someone or a situation and it proved to be wrong.  Doing this can have very serious consequences for ourselves and others at work and in our personal lives. 

    The good news is that by understanding and putting to use the principles of the Ladder of Inference, you will increase the likelihood you will make decisions that will benefit yourself and others.    

    This workshop will be very interactive, experiential, and fun.  It will be an opportunity for you to reflect on times when you and others have made correct and incorrect assumptions and what the effects have been in doing so. 

    It will help you better understand how climbing the Ladder of Inference too quickly can be problematic, and it will include specific techniques that can help you make more successful decisions. 

    Our facilitator for this discussion is Mark Sachs, MS, MA, PCC, Organization Consultant and Executive Coach at Mark Sachs and Associates.

    Mark-2-6-14-e1402420697961.jpgAs a consultant and executive coach for more than 15 years, Mark has had extensive experience helping organizations and their staffs reach their full potential.

    Before opening his consulting and coaching firm, Mark was director of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Management Consulting Service. He was manager of Station Relations for National Public Radio prior to his work with CPB.

    He earned his MS degree in Organization Development from the American University/ NTL Institute. He also received MA and BA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University. Mark is a graduate of Coach University and he is an International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

    Mark is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory, Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Inventory, and Culture Transformation Tools.

    Mark is also an Air Force veteran.


    Please join us for this lively discussion. You are welcome to extend an invitation to interested colleagues.  No fee is charged for attending.  However, registration is required on-line, at least 24 hours in advance, via the Dulles SHRM web site ( -- Chapter Discussion Groups. If you have questions, contact Gus Lawson at 571.425.2115 or Participation may be limited to the first 25 people who sign up.