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Why is change so difficult? Why do we keep ending up in political gridlock? What can YOU do to make change, when it feels like everything is volatile and unpredictable?

If questions like these matter to you, join KONU for our open enrollment Leadership Intensive, a series of workshops designed to deepen your understanding of leadership in a complex world.

The workshops can be booked individually or as a full series. They are targeted at change agents practicing leadership within and beyond their organizations and communities.

March 23-25, 2020

Washington D.C.

An experiential workshop for change agents 

The Adaptive Leadership Lab

Why is change so difficult? Why are the people in power not addressing the problems that need the most attention? How can I mobilize people to change even if everything feels unpredictable and everyone is standing their ground? - If these questions sound familiar, the Adaptive Leadership Lab is for you.

The need for progress and change on difficult systemic issues is all around us: digitalization, issues of diversity and inclusion, political uncertainty, conciliation of social impact and financial sustainability, necessity for environmental sustainability, the list goes on. These are only a few in the range of complex political, technical and social challenges that organization and communities face. People are increasingly called on to lead their teams through significant operational and cultural reforms. The attributes that served our management well in the past - technical expertise, respect for functional and industry boundaries, and deference to hierarchy - are no longer sufficient. To fulfill our organizations’ mission, other, more adaptive approaches are needed.

During this two-day program, you will develop capabilities and learn about tools to affect change in your organizations through small and large group exercises, presentations, and peer-consultations on your own leadership challenges and dilemmas. In these workshops, we will use your own cases and stories to understand the complexity of the dynamics in your work environment and to create paths for progress on the issues you care about.

If you have any more questions about the Adaptive Leadership Lab please contact us here.

January 29, 2020

5.30-7.30 PM, Washington DC

Leadership Intensive - Skills and Drills for Leading Change

Real Leadership: Leading With and Beyond Your Authority

Reboot your understanding of leadership and authority and learn how to engage in the dance of real leadership in a complex world

Today’s volatile and unpredictable world cannot be navigated by a single hero who promises to save us all. We need people to exercise leadership in every sphere of society, no matter what their roles are. Organizations, businesses and communities require leadership that is ongoing, systemic, inclusive, and courageous.

But if you’re going to lead change that is impactful and sustainable, you need to properly understand  the resources at your disposal, while also identifying the constraints and limits of your authority. This knowledge is critical to help your community learn and make progress together.

March 5, 2020

5.30-7.30 PM, Washington DC

Leadership Intensive - Skills and Drills for Leading Change

The Hard Truth: Withstanding the Pressure for Quick Fixes and Easy Answers

Learn how to look deeper and address the underlying leadership challenges facing your community

Have you ever tried to fix a problem only to have your solution backfire? Have you ever spent weeks crafting a 7-point strategic plan with your team, only to see it filed away while business continues as usual? Or maybe someone in a position of authority in your community consistently over-promises and under-delivers?

This session will help you discover why.

MARch 13, 2020

5.30-8.30 PM, New York

Leadership Intensive - Skills and Drills for Leading Change

The Inner Struggle: Introduction to Immunity to Change

Why is change so hard?  

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution? Several years in a row? With no success?  Have you ever received the same feedback several times? Have you ever faced other people’s resistance as you work to drive an important change initiative in your community?

The Immunity to Change process underscores why our most stubborn and persistent behaviors are difficult to change by illuminating our competing commitments and big assumptions. Only once those blocks have been identified can we truly develop strategies for overcoming resistance and pushbacks.

May 1, 2020

5.30-7.30 PM, New York

Leadership Intensive - Skills and Drills for Leading Change

Charting a Course: Systems Thinking and Political Strategy

Learn how to step back from a challenge to get a bird’s-eye view. How to step up to the balcony to observe the whole dance floor.

Exercising real leadership demands rigorous diagnostic work. You must chart the political landscape to successfully mobilize people for change and make long-lasting progress.

But once you have a diagnosis, how do you act? What moves should you make? What roles do you and others in your community need to play to tackle the challenge and move the work forward? This session offers a concrete approach to mapping the key players so you can engage them in the difficult work of adaptive change.

CominG Up Again in 2020

5.30-7.30 PM, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, DC

Leadership Intensive - Skills and Drills for Leading Change

Don’t Do It Alone: Partnership and Alliances

Bust down silos and build bridges to form partnerships across different factions

As society increasingly fractures into narrow partisanship, cultural silos, and social media filter bubbles, more and more people are feeling disconnected. This atomization increases the diversity and variety of adaptive challenges, while at the same time reducing our ability to work together to solve them. We need leaders willing to work across these boundaries and open space for true dialogue and partnership. Leaders who appreciate both the strengths and constraints of diverse cultures and groups, and who can mobilize action in the midst of that diversity.

Coming up Again in 2020

5.30-7.30 PM, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, DC

Leadership Intensive - Skills and Drills for Leading Change

Resist the Temptation: Leadership and Seduction

Know your personal tuning and learn to avoid common traps that endanger your valuable work

There’s a reason why leadership is so damn attractive. Power and influence appeal to almost everyone on a primal level, drawing us towards the people who wield it. At the same time, those people in authority roles are often lonely and desperate for intimacy. Unfortunately, these needs and temptations often result in disastrous consequences.

You have seen it before: A supposedly funny innuendo devolves into egregious behavior, or even an indecent assault. Or an innocent flirtation morphs into inappropriate affair. Or office gossip pollutes the social atmosphere, distracting people from important work and negatively impacting morale.

Coming up Again in 2020

5.30-7.30 PM, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, DC

Leadership Intensive - Skills and Drills for Leading Change

Staying Alive: Sustaining Leadership in the Face of Challenge

Reconnect to the practices, spaces, and mindsets you need to sustain yourself for long-term leadership.

Leadership is a difficult act. Too often we see acts of brave leadership end in burnout, firing from a position, becoming more about ego than purpose, marginalization or even assassination. To avoid these requires deep stability in the face of uncertainty. It requires creativity, patience, and persistence in the face of constant setbacks and challenges. To sustain in this way requires a set of ongoing practices for self-care and reconnection to purpose.

If you’re going to lead change for the long-term, you need anchoring practices and mindsets to keep you going. This session will help you gain new understandings of your role in leadership and take actionable steps toward sustaining yourself for the long term.