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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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