Organization Development Network of Western New York

Organization Development for Capacity Building by Mike Cardus

Organization Development for Capacity Building and Defining Your Value Through Data. OD case study and process sharing with Mike Cardus

Organization Development Network of Western New York Organization Development for Capacity Building and Defining Your Value Through Data. OD case study and process sharing with Mike Cardus What is it? In 2013, the ODN of WNY met with the Health Foundation of Western and Central NY to discuss organization development consultants to be a part of a 2-year OD process called GetSET. GetSET is a two-year, team-based approach to capacity building to help mid-sized health, behavioral health, and human services organizations strengthen their internal infrastructure while identifying their value proposition and responding to new business opportunities. (https://hfwcny.org/program/getset/) Organizations invited to participate in GetSET receive limited capacity building grants while: • Working with an organizational development consultant for two years; • Completing an online organizational self-assessment to measure the organization’s strengths in six core competencies; • Development and implementing a capacity-building plan based on assessment results; • Participating in group education sessions and peer learning with other GetSET organizations. In this workshop, Mike Cardus one of the GetSET consultants will share OD processes, tools, outcomes, challenges, and what is sustaining within the organizations that worked with Mike. While this OD process was with non-profit organizations, Mike has used the same tools and methods with for-profit, government, and military clients. The content shared applies to most organizations. Why does this matter? Within the GetSET process, an area that was beneficial to the OD consultants was the external evaluation company contracted to evaluate and determine what is working and not working within the process. The evaluators proved to be a valuable piece to inform the consultants and organizations in the design and implementation. In this workshop, Mike will share the evaluator's reports and how the feedback was used to improve the organizations. We will discuss, explore, critique, and find ways to apply the OD work within your organization. What are the areas of focus? In this interactive and discussion-based workshop we will focus on: a. Planning and implementing a 2-year organization development process, with the expectation that the organization will continue the work when the consultant contract has ended. b. Determining what areas to focus on, and how to support progress within a busy organization. c. OD tools and methods that stemmed from the GetSET work. d. How the organizations that went through GetSET are continuing to apply the OD work. How will we make progress? In our time together you will gain: a. Several OD tools that can be used within your organization to enhance capacity and determine the value your managers, teams, people, and organization bring to customers and how those customers are better off from your work. b. Ideas for how to evaluate and increase what is working plus decrease what is not working within an OD process. c. Understanding, discussion, and knowledge sharing of how to frame and support OD processes within your organization. About Mike Cardus: What Mike Believes: Some consultants feel as if they are heroes called in to fix something broken, like the knight on the horse. That is quite tragic – to treat people as if they are broken when the teams, leaders, and people have done so much to get to where they are. Mike forms a partnership with all clients to accept where you are, listen to what’s working and understand what isn’t to create a process with you to improve your company’s profitability. He believes that all work he implements is intended to help your organization through helping you. Mike wants to help you and ensures the organization benefits just as much. Learn more at https://mikecardus.com/

When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, from 8:30 to 11:30 am

Where: UB Downtown Gateway, 77 Goodell Street, Buffalo, NY …

This meeting will be hosted by the UB Center for Leadership and Organization Effectiveness (CLOE) downtown.  We have a large room, so feel free to invite your friends/colleagues. In this meeting, Mike will demonstrate that OD includes a lot more than training!  RSVP to Nancyglynch@gmail.com


How will we make progress?

In our time together you will gain:

  1. Several OD tools that can be used within your organization to enhance capacity and determine the value your managers, teams, people, and organization bring to customers and how those customers are better off from your work.
  2. Ideas for how to evaluate and increase what is working plus decrease what is not working within an OD process.
  3. Understanding, discussion, and knowledge sharing of how to frame and support OD processes within your organization.

What is it?

In 2013, the ODN of WNY met with the Health Foundation of Western and Central NY to discuss organization development consultants to be a part of a 2-year OD process called GetSET.

GetSET is a two-year, team-based approach to capacity building to help mid-sized health, behavioral health, and human services organizations strengthen their internal infrastructure while identifying their value proposition and responding to new business opportunities. (https://hfwcny.org/program/getset/)

Organizations invited to participate in GetSET receive limited capacity building grants while:

  • Working with an organizational development consultant for two years;
  • Completing an online organizational self-assessment to measure the organization’s strengths in six core competencies;
  • Development and implementing a capacity-building plan based on assessment results;
  • Participating in group education sessions and peer learning with other GetSET organizations.

In this workshop, Mike Cardus one of the GetSET consultants will share OD processes, tools, outcomes, challenges, and what is sustaining within the organizations that worked with Mike. While this OD process was with non-profit organizations, Mike has used the same tools and methods with for-profit, government, and military clients. The content shared applies to most organizations.

Why does this matter?

Within the GetSET process, an area that was beneficial to the OD consultants was the external evaluation company contracted to evaluate and determine what is working and not working within the process. The evaluators proved to be a valuable piece to inform the consultants and organizations in the design and implementation.

In this workshop, Mike will share the evaluator’s reports and how the feedback was used to improve the organizations. We will discuss, explore, critique, and find ways to apply the OD work within your organization.

What are the areas of focus?

In this interactive and discussion-based workshop we will focus on:

  1. Planning and implementing a 2-year organization development process, with the expectation that the organization will continue the work when the consultant contract has ended.
  2. Determining what areas to focus on, and how to support progress within a busy organization.
  3. OD tools and methods that stemmed from the GetSET work.
  4. How the organizations that went through GetSET are continuing to apply the OD work.

About Mike Cardus:

What Mike Believes: Some consultants feel as if they are heroes called in to fix something broken, like the knight on the horse. That is quite tragic – to treat people as if they are broken when the teams, leaders, and people have done so much to get to where they are. Mike forms a partnership with all clients to accept where you are, listen to what’s working and understand what isn’t to create a process with you to improve your company’s profitability.

He believes that all work he implements is intended to help your organization through helping you. Mike wants to help you and ensures the organization benefits just as much.

Learn more at https://mikecardus.com/

Supercharge Your Improvement Initiatives ODN of WNY March 2016 meeting

Posted in Organization Development Tools, Organizational Development, Programs, Team Development by Michael Cardus on February 18, 2016

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

April 2016 Meeting Announcement

How to Supercharge Your Improvement  Initiatives by Ensuring Top to Bottom Alignment

John Hogg

  • When: Thursday March 10, 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

Program Description

  • Are you frustrated that your improvement initiatives don’t seem to have any sustainable momentum?
  • Struggling to get involvement from your workforce?
  • Are your people “burned out” from one more ‘flavor of the day?’ approach to improvement?

With roots in the supply chain, but applicable to almost every type of process and organization, this approach provides a direct linkage between the strategic objectives of an organization and its improvement projects.

It will challenge you to think differently about your organization, and how you align your workforce. This methodology provides you and your leadership team a proven best practice to drive your continuous improvement efforts.

Benefits to attendees:

  1. Attendees will learn new ways of aligning resources to strategy.
  2. They will be challenged to think about what is really important to their customers, and consider different ways to execute their processes and measure the process performance.
  3. Most importantly, they will learn how to make process improvement a sustainable competitive advantage.

About the presenter

John Hogg has over twenty eight years of experience in delivering Supply Chain Excellence and Process Transformation. John began his consulting career following a successful 20-year career at Rich Products, a $3 billion food company, where he held leadership positions in all supply chain disciplines, including Inventory Control, Materials Management, Demand Planning, Supply Planning, ERP Implementation, Business Process Transformation, and Lean Manufacturing.

John decided to leave Rich Products in 2008 to leverage his supply chain and process expertise for a broader market. John created Straight-Forward Consulting to strengthen the regional economy by bringing his unique combination of supply chain, process, and lean skills to other companies. His Process Transformation engagements include clients in Aerospace and Defense, Healthcare, Government, Automotive, Construction, Industrial, Food, Precious Metals, and Consumer Goods verticals. Supply Chain Excellence engagements include clients in Consumer Goods, Food, Industrial, Apparel, and Life Sciences.

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.

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.

Games Organization Development People Play–Program Notes

On January 9th I had the pleasure of presenting one of my favorite Organization Development topics and techniques to the group.

Games Organization Development People Play

We had discussions about:

  • Using and not using activities
  • How to avoid making the activities too child like
  • Presenting the use of activities to executive managers & university professors
  • How to work through a sequencing process to determine which activities to use and how to set them up to be most useful
  • Ways in which activities can be used to increase the implementation of work processes and procedures
  • And some other stuff.

 

Organization Development Network of Western New York Create Learning Team Building and Leadership (1)

We started the workshop with some opening activities. Framing these activities in a manner to reinforce the purpose and objectives of the workshop and development process.

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I2U2ME2WE worked well for that purpose.

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Using the Organization Development Network to illustrate the 1st step in Team Building activity sequencing … Why are you / I here? Defining a shared purpose and letting everyone know what each person is looking for in the process OR why they are in attendance today.

Organization Development Network of Western New York Create Learning Team Building and Leadership (8)We moved to Hard Edges Soft Middles. Sequencing to explore how team work and collaboration becomes more complicated the larger the team and goals. 

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Framing the 7 Steps in High Performance Teams and Sequencing of development with groups.

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The teams spent time processing and reflecting upon their shared experience. We talked about using open ended questions to have people transfer learning from activities to their work.

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We ended sharing what was useful to each person and how they can apply what was learned and shared today back at their work.

If you are looking for a train-the-trainer team development and experiential learning program, contact me. I’m happy to see how I may support your work.

michael cardus is create-learning team building and leadership

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., www.create-learning.com 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.