Organization Development Network of Western New York

What leaders need to know to make innovation teams work ODN of WNY February 2016 Meeting

Organization Development Network of Western New York (ODN of WNY)

February 2016 Meeting Announcement

What leaders need to know to make innovation teams work

– Dr. Suzanne M. Piotrowski


  • When: Friday February 12, 2016 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am (8:30 am to 9:00 am – networking; 9:00 am to 11:30 am – meeting)
  • Where: Canisius Center for Professional Development 300 Corporate Parkway, Suite 130, Amherst, NY 14226


Workshop Overview

Regardless of industry and across the globe, organizational teams are the primary mechanism by which ideas are birthed and recombined into innovations for maintaining or achieving competitive advantage. We know that resources of people, time and funding impact team effectiveness in innovating. We also know that factors such as individual traits of talent, expertise, and collaboration skills also matter greatly. Less understood is the role of innovation team leaders in fostering environments in which teams can successfully innovate for competitive advantage.

Suzanne is an OD practitioner who has conducted recent research seeking to better understand the dynamics of innovation teams. She will share her research examining 145 innovation teams and kick off a discussion exploring team innovation capacity and the unique ecosystems such teams represent within established organizations.

OD practitioners will have the opportunity in this session to build/extend their understanding of the unique dynamics specific to innovation teams. They will explore factors present on teams that successfully innovate and discuss findings related to high performing innovation team leadership competencies that are oft ignored or overlooked.


About the presenter

Dr. Suzanne M. Piotrowski is a facilitator, coach and organizational change agent. In addition to her work with established leaders and organizations, she enjoys working with aspiring global leaders and entrepreneurs to develop adaptive and sustainable organizations. She is a dynamic facilitator, creative in her designs of individual and group development experiences and pioneering in her approach to unleashing creative thinking, challenging entrenched mindsets and building healthy and resilient teams.


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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