Organization Development Network of Western New York

Solution-Focused Organizational Development: Using the SOLVED method to find what works and do more of it–Michael Cardus

Posted in Facilitation, ODN of WNY Members, Organizational Development, Programs, Team Development by Michael Cardus on May 17, 2012

Organizational Development Network (ODN) of WNY

June 2012 Meeting Announcement

“Solution-Focused Organizational Development:

Using the SOLVED method to find what works and do more of it”

Michael Cardus

Thursday, June 14, 2012
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

Meeting Overview

Focusing on problems makes you an expert in what’s wrong; to become an expert in what’s right you have to think about and be able to guide others towards solutions.

In this workshop you will learn:image

  • Strategies and tools for improving the performance of any organization.
  • An innovative, proven approach to managing complexity and change in groups.
  • A coaching model that can be applied to organizations, teams as well as individuals.
  • Tips and techniques for facilitating meetings and workshops.
  • Ways to help teams escape from complex and tense situations.
  • How these methods have been applied in leading organizations across the world, including banks, military,  manufacturing, retail, law enforcement, non-profit, and small entrepreneurial businesses.

The Solution-Focused SOLVED coaching method builds on strengths, draws out people’s skilled-knowledge, and enables them to share it effectively, leading to faster results that last within the organization.
Enabling you to draw on individual talents and the abilities of the group, without wasting time and money on unnecessary ‘diagnostic instruments’.
Whether you are employed within an organization or an independent coach or consultant, solutions-focused coaching offers you a way of developing a team sustainably and systematically – even in turbulent situations. You will take away a set of new tools, techniques and tips that you can apply immediately in your work.

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What Others have Said

“Our entire management team found Michael to be energizing, engaging and extremely astute. He helped our team to formulate realistic project plans to enhance our bottom line. Michael is very bright and brings out the best in people. His services were invaluable to our Agency.”

– Tara Vogel: Chief Operating Officer at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo, Inc.

“I learned so much more about my team and what we are capable of. We all leave this experience confident that we can accomplish anything we collectively set our minds to. I want to sincerely Thank You for all of your time, patience, direction, and teamwork.”

Abbott Laboratories Neuroscience Department

“I have attended a few retreats and participated in several team building exercises over the years. Quite frankly, I did not expect much. I am still amazed at how Mike’s fun and engaging personality, his strength-based approach to working with individuals and teams, and his careful choice of exercises that have relevance to the context of the meeting turned me into a believer. We started the weekend as 5 individuals and we left the retreat as a TEAM. Great job Mike.”

George Nasra, M.D.: Medical Director – Acute Psychiatric Services
Unity Health System

About Mike Cardus:

Since 2004 Mike has developed a focused expertise on team building, leadership and organizational change issues, working with a variety of businesses and organizations and individuals. Issues frequently address development of  high functioning teams, retention of talent, innovation of products and profit streams, interpersonal and intergroup conflict, coaching of leaders, and developing systems to drive positive behaviors and use of skills to increase organizational and personal effectiveness. Working primarily with teams and management within these organizations, Mike’s role has been honed to coach, counsel, facilitate and conduct focus group work.

Mike serves on the Organization Development Network of WNY Planning Committee, Education Chair for ASQ Human Development and Leadership Division as well as the Community Liaison for ASQ Buffalo NY Section.

You can find out more about Mike at – and blog

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