Organization Development Network of Western New York

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., 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.


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