Organization Development Network of Western New York

Stories from the Trenches: Experiences and Observations as an OD Practitioner. October 2011 ODN Meeting

Posted in ODN of WNY Members, Organizational Development, Programs by Michael Cardus on October 3, 2011

ODN of Western New York

October Meeting Announcement

“Stories from the Trenches: Experiences and Observations as an OD Practitioner"

Presenter: Denny Gallagher
Friday October 14, 2011
8:30 am to 11:30 am (8:30 am to 9:00 am – networking; 9:00 am to 11:30 am – meeting)
New Era Cap, 160 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202

RSVP to Kate Kane at
Parking is available in the New Era visitor’s lot, on the street, or in various lots/ramps located within a block of New Era. Refreshments are available for purchase in the New Era cafeteria by requesting a visitor’s pass from the lobby receptionist.

Meeting Overview

Are you new to the field of OD and curious about the types of situations an OD practitioner might encounter? Or are you an experienced OD practitioner looking to engage in dialogue with a fellow OD colleague about OD-related challenges and solutions in organizations? Either way, this session is for you.
Denny Gallagher, an OD practitioner with 40 years of experience in OD field, will facilitate an interactive session in which he shares his stories about working in OD and asks for yours. His aim is to help you increase your awareness of situations you may face in the world of OD and identify possible solutions to those challenges. It will be enjoyable and, hopefully, will cause some moments of reflection about your practice.

Presenter Bio

Over the past 40 years, Denny has worked on organizational change issues with a variety of different organizations and industries. The issues frequently deal with rapid growth or decline, changes in personnel, the impact of technology on the work force, interpersonal and intergroup conflict, coaching of executives and mentoring of newer people in the Organization Development field. 

A great deal of his time has been spent in technically oriented organizations working with executives, managers and supervisors who have been promoted to their positions primarily because of their technical abilities. Many of these people are lacking good “people skills”.

The result is that he does a great deal of coaching, counseling, mentoring and small group work with his clients. Denny earned his B.A. in Psychology and History from Heidelberg College, his M.A. in Comparative and Physiological Psychology from Bryn Mawr College, and his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University.  He is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Training Laboratories, and the Organizational Development Network.

Denny’s recent publications include “Is Coaching OD?” and “Know thyself: Coaching for leadership using Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory”.


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