Organization Development Network of Western New York

Problem Solving Styles – OD of Western NY January Meeting

Posted in Facilitation, Meeting Notes, ODN of WNY Members, Organizational Development, Team Development by Michael Cardus on December 7, 2009


January Meeting Announcement

Problem Solving Styles

Friday, January 15
9am to noon (meet at 9, begin at 9:30)
New Era Cap, 160 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202

Meeting Overview

Problem solving styles are defined as consistent individual differences in the ways people prefer to deal
with new ideas, manage change, and respond effectively to complex, open-ended opportunities and
challenges. This session will focus on better understanding your preference in three areas: your general
orientation to change, your preference for manner of processing, and your preference for ways of

To accomplish this, prior to attending this session attendees will complete VIEW, on online tool that can
be used to become aware of how your individual style plays out in the workplace and in your personal
lives. It also can be used to appreciate the style of others in order to build teamwork and effective
communication. Having and using the language of VIEW can provide a framework within which to
address tense issues in a more objective way.

The cost to complete the VIEW assessment is $3.00 and should be paid at the January 15 meeting.
Instructions for completing the assessment are on the second page.

Speaker Notes

Barb began her consulting career more than 20 years ago with KPMG Peat Marwick managing projects in
the OD, IT, and financial services fields, for global as well as emerging businesses. She moved on to the
FDIC during the “first” banking crisis, where she served on a national task force creating and
implementing policy for the subsidiaries of failed banks.

She married and moved to Canada, shifting back to an OD and behavioral focus. While COO for a
distributor of decorative hardware, Barb drove initiatives in strategic management, workforce planning
and development, employee and labor relations, and HR policy.

The author of a number of articles and presentations on creativity, leadership and change, her academic
credentials include an MSc in Creative Studies, and an MBA in Accountancy. Barb is a CPA (though not a
creative accountant), and a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Barb also serves on several
not-for-profit boards on both sides of the border.


if you are interested in attending please contact


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