Complexity based leadership: navigating adaptive challenges

This presentation below was one of four that I designed for the EARCOS Leadership Conference in Bangkok last month (the others are available under "Presentations and Publications").  
Slide 5 refers to the distinction that is often drawn between technical challenges that can be solved with knowledge and procedures that have been tested, and fine-tuned in another context and imported into this current situation versus adaptive challenges which are far more complex, do not readily respond to direct interventions and require completely new solutions to be created.  Unfortunately our collective track record of successfully and sustainably solving these adaptive challenges is under 30%

In this workshop we explored the following 5 questions that a leader of adaptive change could consider (slide 4);
1) Why are we changing? (Is the opportunity and/or threat worth the risk)
2) Where are we heading to? (What future vision is guiding us?)
3) How do we design our change journey? (What underlying design principles could be helpful?)
4) Who do we collaborate with? (How we engage others on this change journey?)
5) What steps do we take?  (What would an change leadership action plan look like?)

Lets explore each of these questions in more depth over the next month or two.....
...have a great Christmas :) 


  1. Thanks Chris, always thought provoking. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Tony Keatley

  2. Well merry Christmas to you too and the article was much needed for some of my research papers and the slideshow you have given really helped in understanding the topic.

  3. Thanks for a wonderful share. Your article has proved your hard work and experience you have got in this field. Brilliant .i love it reading.


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