Organization Development Network of Western New York

Organizational Life Style Analysis – Organization Development Network (ODN) of WNY April 2014

Organizational Development Network (ODN) of WNY April 2014 Meeting
Organizational Life Style Analysis: A Tool for Assessing Organizational

Health and Effectiveness

Facilitator: Dr. Bill Premo

Friday, April 11 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am (8:30 am to 9:00 am – networking; 9:00 am to 11:30 am – meeting)
Canisius Center for Professional Development 300 Corporate Parkway, Suite 130, Amherst, NY 14226

Meeting Overview:

You may be familiar with the Alderian concept of Life Style Analysis, a process by which individuals uncover their assumptions and convictions and learn how those influence they ways in they interpret and control experiences through their goals and behaviors. In a similar way, Organizational Life Style Analysis can assist in explaining an organization’s actions.

The information collected can be used to help ensure an organization is most effectively using its resources to achieve its desired mission. Dr. Premo’s presentation will show you how to use information from a variety of sources (e.g. company brochures, annual reports) in order to:

  • Understand the direction of the company’s movement pattern
  • Recognize themes and convictions the provide “defining statements” for the company
  • Determine if the company is operating in or out of alignment with their goals and values
  • Uncovering both strengths and weaknesses of the company
  • Uncover the deeper organizational ideals and convictions that represent an undercurrent of expectations of the members

Presenter:

Dr. Premo focuses on improved organizational effectiveness, the achievement of specific and measurable goals, and leadership skill development to enhance productivity, retention, morale, and profitability. He has provided organization development assessment and training programs to organizations such as Rockwell International, American Express, Motorola, Dupont, Medtronic, and IBM. He has specialized in coaching senior executives, assessing organizational problems and instituting corrective interventions related to teams, individuals, and the overall organization.

 

Location Notes:

The Canisius Center for Professional Development is located in Amherst, NY. Directions: Take the 290 expressway, and exit on Millersport Highway going north. At the first light (by the Marriott), make a left onto Flint Road. Make a left turn on to Maple Road. At the next signal, make a left turn on to Corporate Parkway. At the stop sign, turn right. The building is on your left side. The parking lot (no charge) is on your right. Complimentary coffee is available.

Executive Coaching

Posted in Coaching, Meeting Notes, Organizational Development by Michael Cardus on March 18, 2014

 

Alan Weinstein shared his presentation from the Executive Coaching in Organization Development workshop.

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From Gallup – State of the American Workplace

Posted in Organizational Development by Michael Cardus on March 3, 2014

"The State of the American Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders report highlights findings from Gallup’s ongoing study of the American workplace from 2010 through 2012. This is a continuation of Gallup’s previous report on the U.S. workplace covering 2008 through 2010. This latest report provides insights into what leaders can do to improve employee engagement and performance in their companies. It includes an overview of the trend in U.S. employee engagement, a look at the impact of engagement on organizational and individual performance, information about how companies can accelerate employee engagement, and an examination of engagement across different segments of the U.S. working population."

http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/163007/state-american-workplace.aspx

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Executive Coaching – Organization Development Network (ODN) of WNY March 2014

Posted in Coaching, ODN of WNY Members, Organizational Development, Programs by Michael Cardus on February 26, 2014

 

Organizational Development Network (ODN) of WNY

March 2014 Meeting Announcement

Executive Coaching

Facilitator: Alan Weinstein

 

Thursday, March 13th from 8:30 am to 11:30 am (8:30 am to 9:00 am – networking; 9:00 am to 11:30 am – meeting)

Canisius Center for Professional Development – 300 Corporate Parkway, Suite 130, Amherst, NY 14226

 

Meeting Overview:

The term coaching can mean different things in different contexts. In this meeting, we’ll discuss coaching as a development tool whereby a coach helps a leader move from their current state to a desired state. In this context, coaching follows a different model than training, mentoring, or giving feedback.

Alan’s presentation will be largely based on material from his recently published book “Executive Coaching and the Process of Change: A Practitioner’s Guide”. He will share some of his reasons for writing the book as well as insights into effective executive coaching including:

  • What is executive coaching and why is it important?
  • What are the attributes of an effective executive coach?
  • What specific methods can coaches use to help their clients change their behaviors?
  • What is a “personal balance sheet” and how is it used in the coaching process?

 

Presenter:

Alan Weinstein is a coach to CEOs, a college professor, a consultant and an entrepreneur. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Wayne State University. He has held professorships at Carnegie-Mellon University, Oakland University and Canisius College. He is the co-founder of Lasertron, a manufacturer and operator of a game and sports complex headquartered in Amherst, NY. In 1992, Alan started the first TEC/Vistage group in Western New York. He chairs two CEO groups and a KEY group.

Alan’s consulting company, Alan G. Weinstein & Associates, has served clients in the areas of organizational development, corporate training, team building, group facilitation, team building, and strategic planning. He has served on several Boards of Directors including Perry’s Ice Cream, Lasertron, Stride Tool, EGW Associates, and North American Health Plans. He was twice a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work in supporting entrepreneurship. The Price Babson Fellowship recognized Alan by presenting him the prestigious Edwin A. Appel Award for his work in Entrepreneurial Education. At Canisius College, Alan was selected the 2003 and 2007 Donald Calvert Outstanding Professor by his MBA students.

For several years, Alan co-wrote a news column in Business First titled “Owner and Coach” with Jim Cipriani Jr. Alan’s book, “Executive Coaching and the Process of Change: A Practitioner’s Guide” was published in 2013. His blog, executivecoachingandtheprocessofchange.com, is published weekly.

 

Location Notes:

The Canisius Center for Professional Development is located in Amherst, NY. Directions: Take the 290 expressway, and exit on Millersport Highway going north. At the first light (by the Marriott), make a left onto Flint Road. Make a left turn on to Maple Road. At the next signal, make a left turn on to Corporate Parkway. At the stop sign, turn right. The building is on your left side. The parking lot (no charge) is on your right. Complimentary coffee is available. 

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Advice for Internal Organization Development Consultants

Posted in Organizational Development by Michael Cardus on February 18, 2014

The Organization Development Network of Western NY has a healthy blend of internal consultants OD people who work for and are internal to a company and external consultants OD people who are independent and may work with multiple companies at once. Each requires many overlapping and different skills, competencies and behaviors.

In this 2 page article Fred Nickols shares the ‘Consulting Success Triangle

Organization Development techniques for internal consultants

Listing 6 areas of sameness and difference:

  • Diplomacy & Politics
  • Long Term Relationships
  • Living with Consequences
  • Subject to Authority
  • Assigned Projects
  • In-Depth Knowledge

This article is helpful for any Organization Development professional to read and reflect upon their impact and how they work with and navigate the 6 areas listed above.

 

What do you think?

Based upon the article and your experience what makes a successful internal consultant? How is this different if you are an outside consultant?

 

by – Michael Cardus

Positive Psychology Implications for Organization Development–Organization Development Network (ODN) of WNY February 2014

Posted in Meeting Notes, ODN of WNY Members, Organizational Development, Programs by Michael Cardus on January 22, 2014

Organization Development Network (ODN) of WNY

January 2014 Meeting Announcement

Positive Psychology implications for Organization Development

Presenter: Nancy Lynch

Friday, February 14 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am (8:30 am to 9:00 am – networking; 9:00 am to 11:30 am – meeting)

Canisius Center for Professional Development 300 Corporate Parkway, Suite 130, Amherst, NY 14226

 

Meeting Overview:

Positive Psychology implications for Organization Development

In the past decade or so, there has been an explosion of research, books and courses on positive psychology,  happiness (from Harvard of all places), and positive approaches to leadership, culture and change management. There is evidence that being in a positive frame of mind can improve cognitive ability, creativity, energy and performance. Too much negativity tends to drain energy and confidence, and makes it harder to see alternative solutions to problems. Positive approaches can help generate the focused energy needed to make changes and improve organizational performance.

Despite the advantages, positive thinking is difficult to maintain using will power alone. Human beings have a built-in negativity bias. Our brains are hard-wired to be alert to threats, so that we can avoid danger. We remember negative feedback and mistakes far longer than positive feedback and success; we pay more attention to flaws in job candidates than strengths; and negative attitudes are more contagious than positive attitudes. If we want to counteract this bias, we need to develop tools, habits, systems and support to make it easier to generate the positivity we need.

In this session, we will explore a variety of ways that positive psychology has influenced organization practices, and discuss how to apply these techniques to our own work.

Examples include: Strength-based management, appreciative inquiry, emotional intelligence, positive leadership and coaching, happiness training, culture programs, stress management, positive deviance, and positive energy networks.

We’ll also discuss “The Happiness Advantage,” leadership behaviors that promote happiness and well-being (energizers versus de-energizers, power of appreciation), and the business case for happiness. In honor of Valentine’s Day (if time allows) we’ll discuss the 5 languages of love and how you can show appreciation to the people in your life.

Some questions to think about:

  1. What can we do to counteract the negativity bias that appears to be hard-wired into human beings?
  2. What can leaders do to energize others to work toward positive change? (Are you an energizer or a de-energizer?)
  3. How do some organizations maintain a positive culture with high engagement, while others are mired in negativity?
  4. What is one area of your work or life that could benefit the most from positivity?

 

Presenter

Nancy G. Lynch – Lynch-Pin Consulting – Canisius College

Nancy has more than 20 years’ experience in organization development, human resources, and leadership development. She provides consulting, training and coaching services in a variety of areas such as leadership development, culture, performance management, engagement, emotional intelligence, harassment, communication, conflict, and facilitation. Her mission is to help leaders to develop healthy high performance organizations that bring out the best in people.

She also teaches MBA courses in Leadership, HR, Organizational Behavior, and Organization Change and Development. Her education includes degrees in Psychology, Human Resource Management and Organization Development.

 

Location Notes:

The Canisius Center for Professional Development is located in Amherst, NY. Directions: Take the 290 expressway, and exit on Millersport Highway going north. At the first light (by the Marriott), make a left onto Flint Road. Make a left turn on to Maple Road. At the next signal, make a left turn on to Corporate Parkway. At the stop sign, turn right. The building is on your left side. The parking lot (no charge) is on your right. Complimentary coffee is available.

Games Organization Development People Play–Program Notes

On January 9th I had the pleasure of presenting one of my favorite Organization Development topics and techniques to the group.

Games Organization Development People Play

We had discussions about:

  • Using and not using activities
  • How to avoid making the activities too child like
  • Presenting the use of activities to executive managers & university professors
  • How to work through a sequencing process to determine which activities to use and how to set them up to be most useful
  • Ways in which activities can be used to increase the implementation of work processes and procedures
  • And some other stuff.

 

Organization Development Network of Western New York Create Learning Team Building and Leadership (1)

We started the workshop with some opening activities. Framing these activities in a manner to reinforce the purpose and objectives of the workshop and development process.

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I2U2ME2WE worked well for that purpose.

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Using the Organization Development Network to illustrate the 1st step in Team Building activity sequencing … Why are you / I here? Defining a shared purpose and letting everyone know what each person is looking for in the process OR why they are in attendance today.

Organization Development Network of Western New York Create Learning Team Building and Leadership (8)We moved to Hard Edges Soft Middles. Sequencing to explore how team work and collaboration becomes more complicated the larger the team and goals. 

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Framing the 7 Steps in High Performance Teams and Sequencing of development with groups.

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The teams spent time processing and reflecting upon their shared experience. We talked about using open ended questions to have people transfer learning from activities to their work.

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We ended sharing what was useful to each person and how they can apply what was learned and shared today back at their work.

If you are looking for a train-the-trainer team development and experiential learning program, contact me. I’m happy to see how I may support your work.

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Games Organization Development People Play – Organization Development Network (ODN) of WNY January 2014

 

Organization Development Network (ODN) of WNY

January 2014 Meeting Announcement

Games Organization Development People Play:

Using activities & simulations to turn serious problems into playful activities

Presenter: Mike Cardus

 

Thursday, January 9th from 8:30 am to 11:30 am (8:30 am to 9:00 am – networking; 9:00 am to 11:30 am – meeting)

Canisius Center for Professional Development 300 Corporate Parkway, Suite 130, Amherst, NY 14226

 

Meeting Overview:

Organization development requires departments, teams and people to work together to define goals and what the solutions will look like once the goals are achieved. This requires effort from the people involved and you as the facilitator. This effort does not have to be you telling them what to do or them telling you what is wrong. The effort is finding exceptions to problems and determining how the team and person cooperate best – quickly finding what works and doing more of it.

Using activities is an interactive and engaging way to make things happen.

Using activities creates:

  • shared experience and language
  • metaphor for development
  • small signs of progress, that the team achieved themselves
  • successes and examples of ‘what works’
  • models for organization development
  • greater personal ownership of the work and what it takes to achieve goals

 

What will this session look like?

  • The sharing of activities that can be used within your organization and teams.
  • An overview of sequencing activities to enhance your meetings, development, and efforts. Sequencing: the purposeful ordering of group activities based on the group’s needs, goals and setting.
  • Discussions with peers about how these activities can be used in your work.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone who needs and works with other people to achieve goals and sustainability of change.

What are the outcomes?

  • 3 to 5 activities you can use immediately in your meetings and add emphasis to development programs and can be used with teams
  • Knowledge of how to add activities to your existing content
  • Steps to transfer the learning and content from an activity to areas of focus within the organization, team and people
  • Content packet with 10+ OD activities, complete with ‘how to’ guidelines and steps to process the learning and connect it to work
  • Fun and interaction

This workshop may draw on these articles:

 

Presenter:Making Teams Better. Create Learning Team Building and Leadership

Mike Cardus has a focused expertise on leadership, OD and team building, working with a variety of businesses, teams and individuals. He is frequently asked to create pragmatic solutions to address the development of high performance teams, retention of talent, innovation of product and profit streams, interpersonal and intergroup conflict, coaching of leaders, and development of systems to drive positive behaviors and development of skilled knowledge to increase organizational and personal effectiveness. Working primarily with teams and management, his role has been to coach, counsel, facilitate and conduct focused group work.

Mike is the principal consultant of Create-Learning Team Building & Leadership, Inc., www.create-learning.com Create-Learning believes that people want to do their best work, and that systems drive behavior. Improve the systems, and unleash the capacity of people to do great work and love what they do.

Location Notes:

The Canisius Center for Professional Development is located in Amherst, NY. Directions: Take the 290 expressway, and exit on Millersport Highway going north. At the first light (by the Marriott), make a left onto Flint Road. Make a left turn on to Maple Road. At the next signal, make a left turn on to Corporate Parkway. At the stop sign, turn right. The building is on your left side. The parking lot (no charge) is on your right. Complimentary coffee is available.

Meeting Your OD Objectives Through Effective Facilitation Skills – Organizational Development Network (ODN) of WNY November 2013

Organizational Development Network (ODN) of WNY

November 2013 Meeting Announcement

Meeting Your OD Objectives Through Effective Facilitation Skills

Presenter: Mary Beth Debus

Friday, November 22nd from 8:30 am to 10:30 am (8:30 am to 9:00 am – networking; 9:00 am to 10:30 am – meeting)

Canisius Center for Professional Development 300 Corporate Parkway, Suite 130, Amherst, NY 14226

Meeting Overview:

When we surveyed the members of ODN of WNY a few months ago, our members indicated that learning more about facilitation skills was a primary area of interest. Accordingly, one of our members and an experienced facilitator, Mary Beth Debus, will join us to present on that topic.

Facilitation skills are significant during many OD-related deliverables including training, meetings, discussion groups, and coaching. This interactive presentation will focus on best practices in facilitation.

Together, we will explore:

  • When facilitation is the best choice
  • Small group and large group facilitation practices
  • Breaking up groups and giving directions
  • How to handle questions
  • Balancing your own sharing
  • Developing questions to generate discussion
  • Preparing to facilitate

Presenter:

Mary Beth Debus is a participating member of ODN of WNY. She has worked in the fields of training, facilitation, program development, OD, creative problem solving, and change management for over 25 years in for profit, not for profit, and collaborative programs.

Mary Beth currently has three professional roles:

1) She recently formalized her business, Program Savvy Consulting, and is dedicating more time to it. She is currently working as an OD Consultant for the GetSET Project, and is developing training for a local not for profit.

2) Now in a part time role, Mary Beth is in her 9th year with EPIC – Every Person Influences Children. As the Senior Vice President of Programs and Capacity Building, a major component of her role is developing and providing training on facilitation skills for individuals who deliver EPIC’s programs.

3) For over a decade, Mary Beth has been teaching Business and Professional Communication at the University at Buffalo.

Mary Beth’s website is under development. In the meantime, you can connect with her and learn more of her background on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/marybethdebus/

 

Location Notes:

The Canisius Center for Professional Development is located in Amherst, NY. Directions: Take the 290 expressway, and exit on Millersport Highway going north. At the first light (by the Marriott), make a left onto Flint Road. Make a left turn on to Maple Road. At the next signal, make a left turn on to Corporate Parkway. At the stop sign, turn right. The building is on your left side. The parking lot (no charge) is on your right. Complimentary coffee is available.

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An Introduction to HoganLead Assessments. ODN of WNY October Meeting

Organization Development Network (ODN) of WNY


October 2013 Meeting Announcement

An Introduction to HoganLead Assessments

Presenter: Mary Ebaugh Hershey

Thursday, October 24th from 8:30 am to 10:30 am (8:30 am to 9:00 am – networking; 9:00 am to 10:30 am – meeting)

Canisius Center for Professional Development 300 Corporate Parkway, Suite 130, Amherst, NY 14226

Meeting Overview:

Hogan Assessments Systems, Inc. started 25 years ago with the mission of using personality assessments to improve workplace performance. Hogan started with one assessment tool, the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), and now offers over a dozen different tools to help organizations hire the right people, develop talented employees, and impact the bottom line.

Mary will focus on one of those tools, the HoganLead assessments.

Amongst other things, she will cover the following:

  • What are the Hogan Lead Assessments and what do they measure?
  • Why would I want to know more about them when there are already so many assessment tools available?
  • Do they add value to some of the more commonly known indicators such as DiSC and MBTI?
  • How can they be used (e.g. for development, for selection)?

 

Presenter Bio:

Mary has over twenty years of experience in organizational development and human resources in Fortune 1000 through Fortune 10 companies within the automotive, chemical, financial, and medical diagnostics industries. Her services are primarily in the areas of leadership development, increasing organizational capability to address current and future challenges, and team effectiveness.

Location Notes:

The Canisius Center for Professional Development is located in Amherst, NY. Directions: Take the 290 expressway, and exit on Millersport Highway going north. At the first light (by the Marriott), make a left onto Flint Road. Make a left turn on to Maple Road. At the next signal, make a left turn on to Corporate Parkway. At the stop sign, turn right. The building is on your left side. The parking lot (no charge) is on your right. Complimentary coffee is available.

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