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AALI Masterclass 2023

The practice of Adaptive Leadership: What is it time for now?

Stream A: 16-18 March 2023

Stream B: 17-19 March 2023

Overview

It is clear we are coming to terms with a different world than expected. We need to adapt and help our clients do the same. Our world, in Australia and beyond, has been buffeted by extraordinary events since the last AALI Master Class in early 2022. The local and global impact of the war in Ukraine, the long tail of Covid-19 and the ever-apparent global consequences of climate change.

Patterns of our work are changing. Attitudes to race, gender and social issues require all of us to reconsider where to place ourselves, let alone what to do.

All of these circumstances lead us to ask, “What is it time for now in our work?

This question is central to the 2023 AALI Masterclass and we will examine the relevance of the question for us individually and collectively. What do you feel called to pay attention to and what is required in your professional role to help others do the same? What needs to be done collectively that can’t be done individually? And given the need for greater collective effort, how do we create shared learning in a time of increasing fragmentation? What is required of us?

These questions have direct implications for our work:

  • How do we partner in a competitive environment?
  • How do we remain a learner while others look to us for our expertise?
  • In a time of turmoil and transition what different and new roles do we need to explore?
  • How do we deal with the opposition and resistance of others?

This Masterclass is an opportunity for both new(er) and experienced Adaptive Leadership practitioners to experiment with and extend their current repertoire, to practice and share with colleagues, and to be part of a uniquely Australasian leadership development profession.

This Master Class will use elements such as large and small group sessions, time for individual reflection, and opportunities to practice facilitation, coaching and adaptive consulting skills. In addition, specialist interest groups will meet concurrently to explore how we can use our knowledge of Adaptive Leadership to address current issues- for example climate change, gender and #Metoo, or reconciliation and the Voice.

We have listened to feedback from earlier participants and in 2023 the Master Class will consist of two streams. This will allow participants with different levels of experience with Adaptive Leadership to reflect, clarify and discuss issues of interest while working to their preferred level.

Stream A: 16-18 March 2023

Intended for new(er) Adaptive Leadership practitioners, this stream will commence on 16 March and provide participants with an initial day together focused on renewing their understanding of foundational Adaptive Leadership concepts, how to bring them to life in the classroom and what this means for Adaptive Leadership facilitators. This day will also provide an introduction to the theme for this year’s Master Class and allow participants to initially explore this theme together.

On Day 2 and Day 3 (17 and 18 March) participants in this stream will combine with participants in Stream B for the core of the Master Class.

Stream B: 17-19 March 2023

Intended for experienced Adaptive Leadership practitioners, this stream commences with the core Master Class (17 and 18 March) together with participants from Stream A. On 19 March the more experienced practitioners in this stream will take part in a final day focused on ‘provocation’; a more challenging and immersive element of the Master Class designed for practitioners seeking to work closer to their ‘edge’.

If you are not sure which stream best meets your needs, contact our Master Class Organising Team on programs@aali.org.au

Venue

Vibe Hotel, 1 Queen Street, Melbourne

Dates
  • Stream A: 16 – 18 March 2023 (3 days)
  • Stream B: 17 – 19 March 2023 (3 days)

Note: 16 & 17 March will commence at 9am and finish at 5pm. 18 and 19 March will commence at 8.30am and finish at 4.00pm.

Accommodation

We strongly recommend booking accommodation as early as possible to achieve the most competitive rates. This particularly applies when Melbourne hosts major events, where accommodation is scarce and prices can significantly increase. If you require further accommodation advice, please contact the Masterclass Organising Team, via programs@aali.org.au

The 2023 Masterclass faculty team will be led by Maxime Fern and Michael Johnstone who have been AALI’s founding faculty since 2017.

Maxime and Michael are known in the Australian Adaptive Leadership community for their contribution to the original Harvard Kennedy School program, the Art and Practice of Leadership Development. They taught in this program with Marty Linsky and Ron Heifetz for over 15 years and have run their own consulting and development practice from Australia since 1988. Recent clients include Google, BHP, Sistema Italy, the APSC, Bank Intesa San Paolo (Italy), AIPM, Cobel Darou (Iran) and the Scottish Government.

In 2022, Maxime and Michael released their long-awaited book titled ‘Provocation as Leadership. A roadmap for adaptation and change’. Amazon.com describes the book as follows: “Provocation as Leadership offers a blueprint for people who, using provocation, want to ignite change and help their organizations, group, or community break through to a better future. This book provides a vehicle to see provocation in its potential for necessary disturbance, to lay bare its anatomy, and give access to its possibilities, including how to enable provocateurs to live another day.”

In the 2023 Master Class Maxime and Michael will work together with a small adjunct faculty team consisting of experienced Adaptive Leadership development practitioners.

Greater Melbourne Metropolitan area residents: $1,900+GST

Regional & interstate participants, and organisations registering 3+ people: $1,750+GST.

(Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea).

Note: For participants working in the not-for-profit sector who find these prices prohibitive, please contact the Masterclass Organising Team, via programs@aali.org.au to discuss how we might accommodate your attendance.

We will provide a full refund to you if we cancel the event.  If you cancel your attendance 30 or more days prior to the event, we will refund your ticket price less $150 to accommodate fixed event costs. There are no refunds for participants cancelling later

Past Events

The question on the minds of so many as we approach 2022 is: “when will life get back to some semblance of normal?”. Or what will the ‘new normal’ be? Answering this for ourselves and our clients, is complex, in part because we cannot know the answer. But we can look for the most useful questions and these will become the focus for the 2022 Masterclass:

  • How do you get ready for something that is as yet undefined?
  • Where is your well of renewal?
  • Where will you start? With problems and challenges, or with people and their hopes and aspirations? Or both?

Past Masterclasses have emphasised the external challenges we all face and the facilitation skills needed to undertake leadership and adaptive work. This time we will identify our internal challenges as part of being ready to respond fully to our professional and personal life challenges. We will take an inside-out perspective and invite you into an exploration of:

  • Who am I becoming, as a person and as an adaptive practitioner?
  • What am I holding onto and what can I reshape?
  • Your best way to build your capacity to maintain presence and dexterity in the face of so many unknowns
  • What will I celebrate about my impact, influence and my own adaptive skills? What am I willing to be pleasantly surprised about?

This will be a different Masterclass. It will be more of a collaborative, just-in-time, co-learning experience as the faculty see themselves in the same boat. We will share some of our ideas and draw on yours. We will provide some structure and will also let go. We will use reflection activities and invite you all to exchange feedback. And we will connect all of this to the practice of leadership education.

Explore, reflect, renew and reinvigorate.

In 2020 AALI continued building an active nucleus of adaptive leadership practitioners.

In an increasingly fractured world, individual and group identities play a powerful role in social change and politics, within nations and communities. We see groups of people prioritising the concerns most relevant to their own racial, religious, ethnic, gender, sexual, social or national identity to the exclusion of the concerns of others in order to defend their group’s interests. Problem solving and adaptation across identity divides becomes ever-more challenging and important.

This Masterclass presented an opportunity for both new and experienced Adaptive Leadership practitioners to experiment with and extend their current repertoire, to practice and share with colleagues and to be a part of a uniquely Australasian leadership development profession.

AALI’s 3 day workshop provided an introduction to Adaptive Leadership, building on ideas developed at Harvard’s Kennedy School over the past thirty-five years, and explored the application of several core principles and skill-sets required for leading adaptation and change in a range of organizational and community settings. Adaptive Leadership is a powerful framework, and set of tools and practices, for navigating the complex social, economic and political problems of our times. The approach combines understandings of adaptation and change, systems theory, group dynamics and adult learning.

Adaptation and leadership are to all organisatons if they are to survive and thrive in our current demanding and changing times. Business as usual will not be sufficient and everyone will need to adapt: to examine practices, values and ways of doing business ensuring we are “fit for purpose”.

This workshop will provided the participants with insights into several key adaptive capacities that effective organizations need to develop including:

  • The diagnostic skills needed to determine when a challenge is predominately adaptive, not technical;
  • Overcoming the tendency to conflate Leadership and Authority;
  • The relationship skills needed to mobilize others to action and;
  • The experimental skills required to test new ideas that lead to innovation.

In addition to exploring key ideas relevant to adaptation and change, the workshop also provided an opportunity to apply a new skill set to real challenges that participants, their organisations, clients and partners face, and to test prevailing attitudes and beliefs about leadership, including barriers to progress.

Overall, Adaptive Leadership opens up new ways to think about and make progress on complex problems and to contribute to the deep desire leaders have to make Australia and the world at large, a better place.

Case in Point (CiP) teaching is a powerful methodology helping leaders learn about adaptation and leadership by experiencing it directly in a workshop setting, team or coaching session. The method enables you to identify moments where participants experience a leadership dilemma directly and then to learn from the shared experience. CiP builds the critical leadership capacities necessary  for holding people to challenging work while learning together and in so doing, building new leadership “muscles”.

Masterclass Outcomes

This comprehensive program will give you:

  • Improved skills in facilitating, teaching and consulting and an enhanced diagnostic and intervention capacity
  • Greater insights into the way human interaction and group dynamics shape behaviour during learning An expanded range of tools and interventions used in keeping groups in a learning zone
  • A peer group and network of committed practitioners from a wide variety of professional settings Certification from Australia’s only professional body of adaptive leadership practitioners.

 

 

The 2019 Masterclass continued AALI’s focus on encouraging participation and growth of our community of practice, and forming an ‘active nucleus’ of adaptive leadership practitioners within Australia.

AALI’s 3 day workshop provided an introduction to Adaptive Leadership, building on ideas developed at Harvard’s Kennedy School over the past thirty-five years, and explored the application of several core principles and skill-sets required for leading adaptation and change in a range of organizational and community settings. Adaptive Leadership is a powerful framework, and set of tools and practices, for navigating the complex social, economic and political problems of our times. The approach combines understandings of adaptation and change, systems theory, group dynamics and adult learning.

Adaptation and leadership are to all organisatons if they are to survive and thrive in our current demanding and changing times. Business as usual will not be sufficient and everyone will need to adapt: to examine practices, values and ways of doing business ensuring we are “fit for purpose”.

This workshop will provided the participants with insights into several key adaptive capacities that effective organizations need to develop including:

  • The diagnostic skills needed to determine when a challenge is predominately adaptive, not technical;
  • Overcoming the tendency to conflate Leadership and Authority;
  • The relationship skills needed to mobilize others to action and;
  • The experimental skills required to test new ideas that lead to innovation.

In addition to exploring key ideas relevant to adaptation and change, the workshop also provided an opportunity to apply a new skill set to real challenges that participants, their organisations, clients and partners face, and to test prevailing attitudes and beliefs about leadership, including barriers to progress.

Overall, Adaptive Leadership opens up new ways to think about and make progress on complex problems and to contribute to the deep desire leaders have to make Australia and the world at large, a better place.

AALI’s 3 day workshop provided an introduction to Adaptive Leadership, building on ideas developed at Harvard’s Kennedy School over the past thirty-five years, and explored the application of several core principles and skill-sets required for leading adaptation and change in a range of organizational and community settings. Adaptive Leadership is a powerful framework, and set of tools and practices, for navigating the complex social, economic and political problems of our times. The approach combines understandings of adaptation and change, systems theory, group dynamics and adult learning.

Adaptation and leadership are to all organisatons if they are to survive and thrive in our current demanding and changing times. Business as usual will not be sufficient and everyone will need to adapt: to examine practices, values and ways of doing business ensuring we are “fit for purpose”.

This workshop will provided the participants with insights into several key adaptive capacities that effective organizations need to develop including:

  • The diagnostic skills needed to determine when a challenge is predominately adaptive, not technical;
  • Overcoming the tendency to conflate Leadership and Authority;
  • The relationship skills needed to mobilize others to action and;
  • The experimental skills required to test new ideas that lead to innovation.

In addition to exploring key ideas relevant to adaptation and change, the workshop also provided an opportunity to apply a new skill set to real challenges that participants, their organisations, clients and partners face, and to test prevailing attitudes and beliefs about leadership, including barriers to progress.

Overall, Adaptive Leadership opens up new ways to think about and make progress on complex problems and to contribute to the deep desire leaders have to make Australia and the world at large, a better place.