Adaptive Action Guide

Adaptive Action is as powerful as it is simple. Three questions help you make progress on intractable issues.

  • What? Opens your eyes to current reality, to challenge your expectations and assumptions.
  • So what? Invites you to make meaning in new and creative ways.
  • Now what? Brings you to action, even when you cannot predict or control what will happen

And, every Now what? leads you to the next What?

While Adaptive Action is simple, it is not always easy. It challenges your habitual ways of knowing and acting, so it requires practice. This guide provides a step-by-step process to help you and your team build the capacity to engage in Adaptive Action.

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