What is an Adaptive Action Lab?

An Adaptive Action Lab (AA Lab) brings the best of consulting and training into a single event. It is a work session, as opposed to a training session. As a participant, you define and work on your most intractable challenge. Then you learn about human systems dynamics (HSD) as you apply your new learning to frame your challenge in a way that points to your best next wise action. You leave the session with two tangible outcomes. First, you have a clear plan for moving forward in your challenge. Second, you carry with you a new perspective and effective models and methods that help you address your next challenge.

Join us in an AA Lab to learn how HSD can help you leverage the complexity of your challenges to create powerful energy for change.

Upcoming Adaptive Action Labs

Adaptive Action: Nonviolent Resistance in the 21st Century

May 24 - June 1, 2018 | 8:30a - 5p (est) | Harrisonburg, VA

Peace and conflict are complex, systemic patterns that emerge over time and at individual, team, community, and global scales. People who thrive in social systems have deep intuitions about how change happens and how they can support it, but until recently, this wisdom lived more in art and instinct than in science. The science of chaos and complexity provides a new path for understanding complex systems.

Patterns not Problems: HSD Meets OD

June 7, 2018 | 9a - 5p (bst) | London, England

As an OD professional, you work with complex human systems all the time. Sometimes a plan will work like a dream, and sometimes it is more like a nightmare. The field of human systems dynamics (HSD) helps you see what is happening as you work with your clients' systems, make sense in new and useful ways, and take action to shift toward greater creativity and productivity. In this one-day session, Griff Griffiths will help you build a bridge between your OD practice and the theory and practice of HSD. Whether you coach individuals, develop teams, design organizations, support change, transform cultures, or lead operations, HSD helps you discover new ways to think about and work in complex situations.

Leadership and Adaptive Action: Set Conditions for Success

June 22, 26, 27, 2018 | 12n - 2p (cdt) | Online

Leaders set conditions for others to be successful. In HSD, we know this kind of leadership happens anywhere in the system. Formal and informal leaders set conditions for success for those around them. Anyone in the system can deal with multiple forces that drive their work. They address increasing diversity. They use what they know about the past to inform today’s actions to shape the future. Human systems dynamics (HSD) offers models and methods for leaders who want to shape success for themselves and others.

Diversity and Inclusion and Adaptive Action: Leverage Difference for Meaningful Engagement

August 24, 31, September 7, 2018 | 12n - 2p (dst) | Online

In the 21st century, diversity is a given. Diversity of ideas, culture, experience, and information contributes to the complexity of your world. Individuals and groups stretch to the breaking point. They work to accommodate, respond to, and integrate this diversity into the fabric of their systems. Human systems dynamics (HSD) offers an approach for leveraging difference to create more meaningful engagements.

Networks and Adaptive Action: Connect to Create

September 25, 27, 28, 2018 | 12n - 2p (cdt) | Online

Your clients’ lives are busier and more complex than ever. The chaos they feel limits their possibilities and momentum. They want to make choices that move them forward. Human systems dynamics (HSD) offers a powerful coaching model to help your clients find a path through their most challenging situations.

Lead Complex Change: Innovate, Assess and Sustain

September 25 - November 16, 2018 | Online

The International Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) joins with the HSD Institute to support educational and institutional leaders of future and current health professionals.

Adaptive Action Coaching: Build Patterns for Success

October 3-5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 2018 | 10a - 12n (cdt) | Online

Your clients’ lives are busier and more complex than ever. The chaos they feel limits their possibilities and momentum. They want to make choices that move them forward. Human systems dynamics (HSD) offers a powerful coaching model to help your clients find a path through their most challenging situations.

Collaboration and Adaptive Action: Build Connections for Powerful Action

November 28-30, 2018 | 12n - 2p (cst) | Online

In the diversity of the 21st century, it is easy to allow differences that define us to become the dividing lines that separate us. Groups, teams, communities become insular and find it difficult to work together. And yet, in such a diverse world, it’s critical that we learn to share resources, perspectives, and talents in ways that enrich all our opportunities. Human systems dynamics (HSD) offers models and methods for supporting deep collaboration that leverages all contributions.

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