Learning From the Future As It Emerges: Being an Adaptive Leader  1 Craig McDowell  Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co....
Challenging people’s reality – taking people outside their comfort zones yet at same time addressing and assessing the tou...
Meanwhile, you still have to lead! Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
<ul><li>Hunker down </li></ul><ul><li>Default to what you know how to do, weathering the storm </li></ul><ul><li>Protect y...
<ul><li>Press reset </li></ul><ul><li>Use turbulence to build on and bring closure to the past, changing rules of the game...
Senge, Scharmer, Jaworski, Flowers (2004)
Leadership: An improvisational and experimental art Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
Foster Adaptation Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
<ul><li>Foster Adaptation </li></ul><ul><li>Developing next practices </li></ul><ul><li>Run numerous experiments </li></ul...
<ul><li>Embrace disequilibrium </li></ul><ul><li>Without urgency, difficult change becomes far less likely </li></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>Embrace disequilibrium </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your eyes on the thermostat </li></ul><ul><li>Depersonalise conflict...
<ul><li>Generate leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge interdependence of people </li></ul><ul><li>Use leadership to ge...
<ul><li>Generate leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge interdependence of people </li></ul><ul><li>Use leadership to ge...
Adaptive Leadership Blurred boundaries Overlapping categories & membership Flexible, dynamic, responsive Uncertain, vulner...
<ul><li>Generate leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilise everyone to generate solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Give up some autho...
<ul><li>Taking care of yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Balance with your own </li></ul><ul><li>thinking and emotions </li></ul>...
<ul><li>Taking care of yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to confidants </li></ul><ul><li>Bring more of your emotional s...
Hunker Down or Press Reset Foster Adaptation Embrace Disequlibrium Generate Leadership Take Care of Yourself Learning From...
References: <ul><li>Heifetz, R., Grashow, A., Linsky, M. (2009) Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis. Harvard Business Revie...
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  1. 1. Learning From the Future As It Emerges: Being an Adaptive Leader 1 Craig McDowell Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz ELF. Wellington. September 2011 1. Heifetz, Grashow & Linsky (2009)
  2. 2. Challenging people’s reality – taking people outside their comfort zones yet at same time addressing and assessing the toughest challenges. Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  3. 3. Meanwhile, you still have to lead! Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  4. 4. Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  5. 5. <ul><li>Hunker down </li></ul><ul><li>Default to what you know how to do, weathering the storm </li></ul><ul><li>Protect yourself from external threats </li></ul>Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  6. 6. <ul><li>Press reset </li></ul><ul><li>Use turbulence to build on and bring closure to the past, changing rules of the game, reshaping the organisation, redefine the work people do </li></ul><ul><li>Process of conservation as well as reinvention </li></ul><ul><li>Targeting specific strands of organisational DNA </li></ul>Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  7. 7. Senge, Scharmer, Jaworski, Flowers (2004)
  8. 8. Leadership: An improvisational and experimental art Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  9. 9. Foster Adaptation Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  10. 10. <ul><li>Foster Adaptation </li></ul><ul><li>Developing next practices </li></ul><ul><li>Run numerous experiments </li></ul><ul><li>Distinguish the essential from the expendable </li></ul>Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  11. 11. <ul><li>Embrace disequilibrium </li></ul><ul><li>Without urgency, difficult change becomes far less likely </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership today involves orchestrating the inevitable conflict, chaos, and confusion of change so that the disturbance is productive rather than destructive </li></ul>Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  12. 12. <ul><li>Embrace disequilibrium </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your eyes on the thermostat </li></ul><ul><li>Depersonalise conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Have courageous conversations </li></ul>Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  13. 13. <ul><li>Generate leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge interdependence of people </li></ul><ul><li>Use leadership to generate more leadership deep in organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Share leadership responsibility </li></ul>From: Center for Creative Leadership: http://ccl.typepad.com
  14. 14. <ul><li>Generate leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge interdependence of people </li></ul><ul><li>Use leadership to generate more leadership deep in organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Share leadership responsibility </li></ul>“ Stability is a liability, not an asset in today’s world. Each view of the horizon is a glance through a different turn of the kaleidoscope” (Egon Zehnder, 2000) Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  15. 15. Adaptive Leadership Blurred boundaries Overlapping categories & membership Flexible, dynamic, responsive Uncertain, vulnerable, contested Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  16. 16. <ul><li>Generate leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Mobilise everyone to generate solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Give up some authority and ownership </li></ul>Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  17. 17. <ul><li>Taking care of yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Balance with your own </li></ul><ul><li>thinking and emotions </li></ul><ul><li>Be both optimistic </li></ul><ul><li>and realistic </li></ul><ul><li>Find a sanctuary </li></ul>Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  18. 18. <ul><li>Taking care of yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to confidants </li></ul><ul><li>Bring more of your emotional self to the table </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t lose yourself in your role </li></ul>Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  19. 19. Hunker Down or Press Reset Foster Adaptation Embrace Disequlibrium Generate Leadership Take Care of Yourself Learning From the Future As It Emerges: Being an Adaptive Leader Learning from as it emerges - adaptive leadership Craig McDowell. Aspire2Lead Ltd. craig@aspire2lead.co.nz
  20. 20. References: <ul><li>Heifetz, R., Grashow, A., Linsky, M. (2009) Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis. Harvard Business Review. </li></ul><ul><li>Senge, P., Scharmer, C.O., Jaworski, J., & Flowers, B.S. (2004). Presence:Human Purpose and the Field of the Future. Cambrigde, MA: SoL (The Society for Organisational Learning, Inc). </li></ul>

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