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Leading Adaptive Change<br />Geoff Higgins<br />
Adaptive Leadership<br />?<br />What does ‘adapt’ mean?<br />What could ‘adaptive leadership’ mean?<br />
Conventional Leadership<br />Directing activity<br />Providing authoritative expertise<br />Protecting the workers<br />‘l...
Heifetz’ EPA Story<br />William Ruckelshaus re-energising EPA<br />Pollution – Asarco copper plant near Tacoma<br />EPA ex...
Conventional or Adaptive?<br />Conventional Leadership<br />The exercise of authority<br />Maintenance of norms<br />Givin...
Conventional or Adaptive?<br />Conventional Leadership<br />The exercise of authority<br />Maintenance of norms<br />Givin...
The Adaptive Challenge<br />aspirations<br />GAP<br />reality <br />
The Adaptive Challenge<br />GAP<br />Image sources:  backtogeek.com & Thomas Connor at flickr.com<br />
The Adaptive Challenge<br />GAP<br />Image sources:  mindflash.com & getentrepreneurial.com<br />
The Adaptive Challenge<br />aspirations<br />reality <br />GAP<br /><ul><li>Friendships
Habits
Mindset
Lifestyle</li></ul>Not Drinking<br />“drinking is  killing me”<br />
Adaptive Leadership<br />Understand that change will be difficult.<br />
Adaptive Leadership<br />Understand that change will be difficult.<br />Find out WHY the gap exists.<br />
Adaptive Leadership<br />Understand that change will be difficult.<br />Find out WHY the gap exists.<br />Work with others...
Adaptive Leadership<br />Understand that change will be difficult.<br />Find out WHY the gap exists.<br />Work with others...
To Do’s for the Leader<br />Identify ‘the adaptive challenge’<br />Regulate distress<br />Maintain disciplined attention<b...
1. Identify ‘the adaptive challenge’<br />Diagnose the situation & clearly communicate the challenge.<br />
2. Regulate distress<br />Expose people to the real issues, while giving them attention and support.<br />
3. Maintain disciplined attention<br />Keep people focussed on the work.<br />
4. Give the work back to people<br />Involve people (as per Ricardo Semler).<br />
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Adaptive Leadership - Leading Adaptive Change

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A short presentation on Heifetz's 'adaptive leadership'.

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  1. 1. Leading Adaptive Change<br />Geoff Higgins<br />
  2. 2. Adaptive Leadership<br />?<br />What does ‘adapt’ mean?<br />What could ‘adaptive leadership’ mean?<br />
  3. 3. Conventional Leadership<br />Directing activity<br />Providing authoritative expertise<br />Protecting the workers<br />‘leadership by solution’<br />
  4. 4. Heifetz’ EPA Story<br />William Ruckelshaus re-energising EPA<br />Pollution – Asarco copper plant near Tacoma<br />EPA expected to make a ruling based on available science (& maybe a bit of politics)<br />Science cannot answer: health vs livelihood<br />Controversial new approach: ask the community<br />New possibilities – diversification <br />EPA & the Tacoma community adapted<br />Source: Heifetz, 1994<br />Image source: ft.com<br />
  5. 5. Conventional or Adaptive?<br />Conventional Leadership<br />The exercise of authority<br />Maintenance of norms<br />Giving directions<br />Used when you are confident your directions will result in useful outcomes<br />Working within organisational competencies<br />
  6. 6. Conventional or Adaptive?<br />Conventional Leadership<br />The exercise of authority<br />Maintenance of norms<br />Giving directions<br />Used when you are confident your directions will result in useful outcomes<br />Working within organisational competencies<br />Adaptive Leadership<br />Addressing adaptive challenges<br />Challenging norms<br />Involving primary stakeholders<br />Used in situations of complexity & uncertainty<br />Working outside organisational competencies<br />
  7. 7. The Adaptive Challenge<br />aspirations<br />GAP<br />reality <br />
  8. 8. The Adaptive Challenge<br />GAP<br />Image sources: backtogeek.com & Thomas Connor at flickr.com<br />
  9. 9. The Adaptive Challenge<br />GAP<br />Image sources: mindflash.com & getentrepreneurial.com<br />
  10. 10. The Adaptive Challenge<br />aspirations<br />reality <br />GAP<br /><ul><li>Friendships
  11. 11. Habits
  12. 12. Mindset
  13. 13. Lifestyle</li></ul>Not Drinking<br />“drinking is killing me”<br />
  14. 14. Adaptive Leadership<br />Understand that change will be difficult.<br />
  15. 15. Adaptive Leadership<br />Understand that change will be difficult.<br />Find out WHY the gap exists.<br />
  16. 16. Adaptive Leadership<br />Understand that change will be difficult.<br />Find out WHY the gap exists.<br />Work with others to figure out HOW to close the gap.<br />
  17. 17. Adaptive Leadership<br />Understand that change will be difficult.<br />Find out WHY the gap exists.<br />Work with others to figure out HOW to close the gap.<br />Have the COURAGE to experiment & implement!<br />
  18. 18. To Do’s for the Leader<br />Identify ‘the adaptive challenge’<br />Regulate distress<br />Maintain disciplined attention<br />Give the work back to people<br />‘Get off the dance floor & onto the balcony’<br />Source: Heifetz et al, 2009<br />
  19. 19. 1. Identify ‘the adaptive challenge’<br />Diagnose the situation & clearly communicate the challenge.<br />
  20. 20. 2. Regulate distress<br />Expose people to the real issues, while giving them attention and support.<br />
  21. 21. 3. Maintain disciplined attention<br />Keep people focussed on the work.<br />
  22. 22. 4. Give the work back to people<br />Involve people (as per Ricardo Semler).<br />
  23. 23. 5. Get off the dance floor…<br />Frequently stand back from the detail and analyse what you see.<br />
  24. 24. References<br />Heifetz, RA & Laurie, DL (2001) ‘The Work of Leadership’ in Harvard Business Review December 2001.<br />Heifetz, RA, Grashow, A & Linsky, M (2009)The Practice of Adaptive Leadership, Harvard University Press.<br />Heifetz, RA (1994) Leadership Without Easy Answers, Belknap Press, Mass.<br />
  25. 25. www.performancepeople.com.au<br />
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