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The Practice of Adaptive Leadership : Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World - Ronald A. Heifetz

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership

Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World


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When change requires you to challenge people's familiar reality, it can be difficult, dangerous work. Whatever the context--whether in the private or the public sector--many will feel threatened as you push though major changes. But as a leader, you need to find a way to make it work.

Ron Heifetz first defined this problem with his distinctive theory of adaptive leadership in Leadership Without Easy Answers. In a second book, Leadership on the Line, Heifetz and coauthor Marty Linsky highlighted the individual and organizational dangers of leading through deep change in business, politics, and community life. Now, Heifetz, Linsky, and coauthor Alexander Grashow are taking the next step: The Practice of Adaptive Leadership is a hands-on, practical guide containing stories, tools, diagrams, cases, and worksheets to help you develop your skills as an adaptive leader, able to take people outside their comfort zones and assess and address the toughest challenges.

The authors have decades of experience helping people and organizations create cultures of adaptive leadership. In today's rapidly changing world, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership can be your handbook to meeting the demands of leadership in the midst of complexity.



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    Prefacep. xi
    Acknowledgmentsp. xv
    Introduction: Purpose and Possibility
    How to Use This Bookp. 5
    Overviewp. 8
    Adaptive Challenges and Adaptive Capacityp. 10
    The Theory Behind the Practicep. 13
    The Illusion of the Broken Systemp. 17
    Distinguishing Technical Problems from Adaptive Challengesp. 19
    Distinguishing Leadership from Authorityp. 23
    Living in the Disequilibriump. 28
    Observe, Interpret, Intervenep. 32
    Experiment and Take Smart Risks Smartlyp. 36
    Engage Above and Below the Neckp. 37
    Connect to Purposep. 38
    Before You Beginp. 41
    Don't Do It Alonep. 41
    Live Life as a Leadership Laboratoryp. 42
    Resist the Leap to Actionp. 44
    Discover the Joy of Making Hard Choicesp. 45
    Diagnose the System
    Diagnose the Systemp. 49
    The Elegance and Tenacity of the Status Quop. 49
    Discover Structural Implicationsp. 54
    Surface Cultural Norms and Forcesp. 57
    Recognize Default Interpretations and Behaviorp. 63
    Diagnose the Adaptive Challengep. 69
    Determine the Technical and Adaptive Elementsp. 70
    Listen to the Song Beneath the Wordsp. 76
    Four Adaptive Challenge Archetypesp. 77
    Diagnose the Political Landscapep. 89
    Uncover Values Driving Behaviorp. 91
    Acknowledge Loyaltiesp. 93
    Name the Losses at Riskp. 96
    Realize Hidden Alliancesp. 97
    Qualities of an Adaptive Organizationp. 101
    Name the Elephants in the Roomp. 102
    Share Responsibility for the Organization's Futurep. 103
    Value Independent Judgmentp. 103
    Build Leadership Capacityp. 104
    Institutionalize Reflection and Continuous Learningp. 105
    Mobilize the System
    Make Interpretationsp. 113
    Notice When People Are Moving Toward the Left Side of the Chartp. 116
    Reframe the Group's Default Interpretationsp. 118
    Generate Multiple Interpretationsp. 120
    Audition Your Ideasp. 122
    Generate a Diversity of Interpretationsp. 122
    Design Effective Interventionsp. 125
    Get on the Balconyp. 126
    Determine the Ripeness of the Issue in the Systemp. 126
    Ask, Who Am I in This Picture?p. 128
    Think Hard About Your Framingp. 128
    Hold Steadyp. 129
    Analyze the Factions That Begin to Emergep. 130
    Keep the Work at the Center of People's Attentionp. 130
    Act Politicallyp. 133
    Expand Your Informal Authorityp. 133
    Find Alliesp. 136
    Stay Connected to the Oppositionp. 138
    Manage Authority Figuresp. 142
    Take Responsibility for Casualtiesp. 144
    Protect and Engage the Voices of Dissentp. 145
    Orchestrate Conflictp. 149
    Create a Holding Environmentp. 155
    Select Participantsp. 158
    Regulate the Heatp. 159
    Give the Work Backp. 161
    Build an Adaptive Culturep. 165
    Make Naming Elephants the Normp. 166
    Nurture Shared Responsibility for the Organizationp. 168
    Encourage Independent Judgmentp. 169
    Develop Leadership Capacityp. 170
    Institutionalize Reflection and Continuous Learningp. 171
    See Yourself as a System
    See Yourself as a Systemp. 181
    Your Many Identitiesp. 182
    Identify Your Loyaltiesp. 187
    Prioritize Your Loyaltiesp. 189
    Name Your Unspeakable Loyaltiesp. 191
    Know Your Tuningp. 195
    Know Your Triggersp. 200
    Hungers and Carrying Waterp. 201
    Broaden Your Bandwidthp. 205
    Discover Your Tolerancesp. 206
    Understand Your Rolesp. 209
    What Roles Do You Play?p. 210
    Identify Your Scope of Authorityp. 215
    Articulate Your Purposesp. 221
    Prioritize Your Purposesp. 225
    The Story You Tell Yourselfp. 228
    Deploy Yourself
    Stay Connected to Your Purposesp. 233
    Negotiate the Ethics of Leadership and Purposep. 233
    Keep Purposes Alivep. 236
    Negotiate Your Purposesp. 239
    Integrate Your Ambitions and Aspirationsp. 242
    Avoid Common Trapsp. 244
    Engage Courageouslyp. 247
    Get Past the Pastp. 247
    Lean Into Your Incompetencep. 252
    Fall in Love with Tough Decisionsp. 255
    Get Permission to Failp. 258
    Build the Stomach for the Journeyp. 260
    Inspire Peoplep. 263
    Be with Your Audiencep. 264
    Speak from the Heartp. 269
    Run Experimentsp. 277
    Take More Risksp. 280
    Exceed Your Authorityp. 282
    Turn Up the Heatp. 284
    Name Your Piece of the Messp. 286
    Display Your Own Incompetencep. 287
    Thrivep. 289
    Grow Your Personal Support Networkp. 289
    Create a Personal Holding Environmentp. 292
    Renew Yourselfp. 295
    Notesp. 299
    Glossaryp. 303
    Indexp. 309
    About the Authorsp. 325
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    ISBN: 9781422105764
    ISBN-10: 1422105768
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 352
    Published: 14th April 2009
    Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 19.1  x 3.2
    Weight (kg): 0.7