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

See, Understand, Influence: Theory and Practice of Human Systems Dynamics

May 28 - 29, 2019 | 9:30a - 5p (cest) | World Trade Center Utrecht

Many people see ambiguity, cognitive overload, and helplessness at the intersection of complexity science and human systems. They worry about unpredictable surprises, and they fear the loss of control that mark VUCA (volatile, unpredictable, complex, and ambiguous) environments. But there is an alternative approach. It is possible to do good work in complex adaptive systems without denying or fighting their inherent uncertainty.

Spread the Word: Dissemination in Complex Systems

June 25, 26, 28, 2019 | 12p - 2p (cdt) | 5p - 7p (gmt) | Online

You want to change across your organization or in a broader system. You know change is needed, but you hear resistance and concern about “reinventing the wheel” or wasting time exploring new ideas.

Influence Patterns for Productive Discourse: Adaptive Action and Facilitation

August 20, 21, 23, 2019 | 12p - 2p (cdt) | 5p - 7p (gmt) | Online

You recognize the urgency for groups to work together to create a shared future. Yet, the challenges are great. Many forces influence every decision and outcome. Groups are more diverse. History shapes today’s actions and informs future patterns. Differences that emerge often create high stakes for those who are involved.

Stand in Inquiry with Clients: Adaptive Action and Consulting in the 21st Century

September 24, 25, 27, 2019 | 12p - 2p (cdt) | 5p - 7p (gmt) | Online

As a consultant, you are expected to take an expert stance—find out what’s wrong, provide the solution, and then coach members of the team as they implement that solution. You are  expected to know all the interventions and to offer best answers to leaders who ask for your help.

Beyond Conflict: Adaptive Action and Conflict Management

October 22, 23, 25, 2019 | 12p - 2p (cdt) | 5p - 7p (gmt) | Online

You know that conflict is never simple. For you and for others in conflict, risks are high, and outcomes are unknown. You experience ripple effects across life at home, at work, or in the community.

Adaptive Action and Emergent Networks

November 19, 20, 22, 2019 | 12p - 2p (cst) | 6p - 8p (gmt) | Online

You often connect with others to complete projects, share interests, or create social change. You connect through a network of formal and informal exchanges that share energy and other resources to accomplish your goals.

Work Across Differences: Adaptive Action and Collaboration

December 17, 18, 20, 2019 | 12p - 2p (cst) | 6p - 8p (gmt) | Online

In the complexity that makes up your life, it is easy to use the differences that are important to you to describe or define the uniqueness of groups and individuals. Differences can be the energy points for significant change. Your challenges often arise, however, when those dividing lines of difference serve only to separate and divide.

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