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

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

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