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


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.

Human beings are hard-wired problem-solvers. Since the earliest days of humankind, we have thrived by successfully developing solutions to difficult challenges. From the first human-made fire to the first airplane to modern-day computing, we continue to create increasingly sophisticated tools that mold the world around us.  

But our history is also rife with conflict, and all too often, the ‘solution’ to a problem, particularly a problem between groups of people, involves violent struggle and difficult loss. This kind of conflict is often accompanied by an intense pressure on people in positions of authority to offer a quick fix even if there truly is no easy answer at hand.

What does this mean for as aspiring and practicing leaders?

In this session, we share methods for diagnosing problems that feel like a boomerang. A thorough analysis enables you to  generate a variety of interventions and solutions, and to apply them more effectively. We will also explore what it means to lead by ‘giving the work back’ to your community, rather than succumbing to the pressure to take it off their shoulders. It requires you to get on the balcony, see more and then help people to learn.

In this course, you will learn about:

  • The distinction between technical problems with clear solutions and adaptive challenges with no obvious solution

  • A systemic approach for identifying adaptive challenges and diagnosing the underlying causes

  • The biological and social pressures that make adaptive change so difficult

  • Methods for addressing and overcoming those pressures by applying our understanding of formal authority, informal authority, and leadership

  • The optimal social and mental conditions for learning and change

  • Strategies to manage, and in some cases, instigate conflict as a way to produce new ideas and solutions

Wherever you are in your leadership development journey, this session will provide you with actionable and impactful ideas and insights that help you look past the surface to identify the underlying challenges so you can begin to exercise true leadership.

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