Organization Development Network of Western New York

Let’s Stop Meeting Like This!: Tools to save time and get more done–ODN of WNY September 2014 Meeting

Organizational Development Network (ODN) of WNY

September 2014 Meeting Announcement

“Let’s Stop Meeting Like This!: Tools to save time and get more done”

A Workshop based on the just published book by Dick & Emily Axelrod

Presented by Barbara Bunker, their colleague and co-conspirator


Meeting Overview:lest stop meeting like this

The Meeting Canoe is a tested model for designing and planning meetings that is user friendly and can be taught in any organization to change the organization culture of meetings. Dick and I used it extensively in our work with Disney where they adopted it as their own and taught it extensively to OD and HR folks. It has just been published by Berrett Kohler in a new “how to” book that is very user friendly. I will have copies available for purchase at below the Amazon price ($ 12 cash or check while they last!)

Plan for our workshop

  • Getting connected around our experience in meetings
  • Meeting Canoe explained with handouts
  • Groups generate types of activities that work for each stage of the Meeting Canoe (we’ll take photos
    and you will have the complete list as a reference)
  • Sharing of activities appropriate for each stage and our own wisdom about designing meetings that
  • Using the Meeting Canoe to plan a real meeting (If anyone would like to get help thinking about a
    real meeting situation please contact me before Sept 10th)
  • Books available for sale. If you want me to save you one, send me an email:


Barbara Benedict Bunker (Ph.D. Columbia University) is an organizational social psychologist and Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).

Her activities in the area of planned organizational change span more than 40 years. She has been a partner in the Portsmouth Consulting Group since 1981. She has taught in leadership development and Organizational Development programs at American, Pepperdine, and Harvard Universities. She also was faculty (with Dick Axelrod) for Principles and Practices of Organization Development (PPOD) at Columbia University.

Barbara Bunker with her colleague Billie Alban has become nationally and internationally known for her work systematizing Large Group Methods of organization and community change. She has presented invited seminars (with Billie Alban) on Large Group Interventions across the world.

She was a Fulbright Lecturer in Japan in 1984 and 1990 at Keio University and at Kobe University. Her books include Conflict, Cooperation, and Justice (1995) with Jeffery Rubin, and Large Group Interventions: Engaging the whole system for rapid change (1997) and The Handbook of Large Group Methods: Creating systemic change in organizations and communities. (June 2006) with Billie Alban and Innovations in Inclusion: The Purdue Faculty and Staff Diversity Story, 1997- 2008 (2009) with Janice Eddy.


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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