Leadership is more important than ever in a world where change itself is changing and is no longer an event but a way of working. Today’s increasingly complex and disruptive world demands leaders that can empower their teams and organizations that adapt and thrive by effectively diagnosing the essential from the expendable, disrupting the status quo, innovating and optimizing personal and organizational capabilities (and capacity) to deliver business and customer value. Adaptive Leadership is a set of principles and practices that creates deep change and mobilizes organizations (and all of the people in them) to break through obstacles, continuously learn, adapt and develop new capabilities to thrive in complex, competitive, and challenging environments where there are no easy answers. Leadership like this is rare, but can be learned.
Imagine a one day, deeply experiential workshop where you can learn the mindset, princples and practices to craft a path to mastery toward this level of leadership and thrive in uncertainty and change.
This workshop examines what it means to be truly adaptive in today's dynamic environment. Drawing on the latest business innovation thinking and neuroscience, and influenced by the proven adaptive leadership theories that have emerged over 20 years of research at Harvard and MIT, this class provides a solid foundation for participants to understand how to develop and apply systematic frameworks, techniques and tools to resolve some of their most pressing and perplexing challenges, drive organizational change and create learning organizations to drive outcomes in an unpredictable future. During two highly immersive days, participants learn to recognize themselves and their work environments as complex systems and sharpen their awareness of their leadership, business and political landscape. Starting with deepening their understanding of their own mental models, participants learn and apply techniques to rapidly assess both internal and external threats, diagnose by doing, and experience new ways of thinking and working in teams.
Throughout this one day course each participant produces a personalized adaptive leadership toolkit, and field guide and shared language for deepening internal relationships, prepare for unknown external threats and enable them to address the most pressing adaptive challenges in their work environments today. They will also learn how to craft an effective strategy map to guide them on their Adaptive Leadership Journey and develop the capabilities critical to their personal and organisational adaptability and create an environment for continuous learning.
Pat is a principal consultant and co-founder of iHoriz Inc, instructor at UC Berkeley with an impressive VC as Agile executive, coach, transformational leader, teacher, trainer and entrepreneur with proven success transforming large Agile organizations and developing world class Business Agility processes and practices. Pat has deep domain expertise in enterprise Agile Accounting, PMO, Portfolio Management, Dev Ops, Change Leadership, Compliance, Performance Management, Artificial Intelligenceand Adaptive career processes and practices and has a proven track record of delivery, leading and coaching teams that have transformed Fortune 100 companies. Pat excels in leveraging cutting edge technology, delivery and project management methods to solve challenging business problems with impressive results across a wide range of industries including her work as Executive Director for 15 years at the Walt Disney Company, 5 years at Universal Studios / GE and 8 years at Gap Inc. Pat is passionate about creating healthy, high performing and learning teams.
She designed, co-created and currently teaches the Agile Management Certificate program for UC Berkeley extension and has over 40 years of experience in teaching technical and business process improvement and Artificial Intelligence at the undergraduate, graduate and extension level as an adjunct professor. She is a popular speaker with numerous keynotes and Agile Conference sessions and workshops; and co-founded the Agile Alliance Executive Forum with Jim Highsmith. Pat is equally passionate about advancing agile practices and previously led the PMI Agile Community of Practice Council Leader with over 42,000 global members; directs the Agile Accounting Program for the Agile Alliance and co-developed the Agile Alliance Value Model.
Pat graduated with honors from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Behavioral and Clinical Psychology and an MBA from Woodbury University and is devoted to promoting lifelong learning.
Jean Richardson is principal consultant and founder of Azure Gate Consulting. Through more than 25 years of experience in software development she consulted in project management, writing, training, public speaking, and business analysis, and the last five years as an Agile coach helping leaders transform organizations. In 2009 she received a PMI project management process award for a state government project she led that delivered ahead of schedule. She sits on the board of PMI, Portland Chapter and the coordinating committee of AgilePDX, an AgileAlliance affiliate. She created the Pervasive Leadership model and has published in the topic of software development and consciousness
As a businessperson, she has learned that basic human issues are at the root of most business problems and most customer/vendor, employer/employee, or client/consultant disputes. Jean believes that if we ignore this fact we dehumanize ourselves and imperil our society. As a consultant, her client list boasts a wide range of businesses including ADP, Cambia Health Systems, Chrome Systems, Dealertrack, Intel, Daimler/Chrysler, Kaiser Permanente, Mentor Graphics, Oregon State Department of Human Services, Portland General Electric, The Regence Group, US Bank, and UTi. Jean’s background includes thirteen years’ experience as a court-based mediator, and she brings a strong orientation to her practice as healing work.
She has taught at Oregon Graduate Institute and Portland State University and in the MBA program at Marylhurst University. She teaches Collaboration for Cross Functional Teams, Facilitative Leadership, and Effective Conflict Engagement for private clients. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and professional development events.
Jean graduated from Central Washington University with a BA in English and minors in Economics and Administrative Systems Management. She achieved an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Organizational Communication at Marylhurst University where she completed a thesis titled: In Your Own Hands: Personal Integrity and the Individual’s Experience of Work Life which focused on the systems thinking, general systems theory, leadership theory and agile project management. She has continued to research, publish, and practice in these domains most recently publishing an article titled Technical Practices as a Hack on Consciousness: Why to Hack Yourself. Her current areas of inquiry, interest, and practice include the pervasive problems of decision latency and decision quality and the leader’s ability to tune and affect both; the poetic aspect of integral consciousness in the workplace and society; models of conflict engagement that heighten consciousness; and the value of evolving consciousness in software development.