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We believe that using principles of HSD to engage in Adaptive Action strengthens adaptive capacity of systems. In our experience, at the individual level, people who use Adaptive Action are better prepared to understand their challenges and adapt in an uncertain and emergent world. At greater scales, groups, teams, and organizations work together more effectively as they interact with each other and their environments by engaging in ongoing and multiple cycles of Adaptive Action.
Wendy Gudalewicz is Superintendent of the Cupertino Union School District in Cupertino, CA, and uses Adaptive Action in her day-to-day work, as well as in her strategic action to shape patterns across her system. She was a contributing storyteller for Adaptive Action: Leveraging Uncertainty in Your Organization, and shares another story here about how she looks for and shapes patterns as a school district leader. For more about her district, check out the Cupertino Union School District website.
Manage Strategic Change
Our Sticky Issue #1 comes from a change leader in a large urban county.  To save space and encourage collaboration, the county literally "took down the walls."  Now, 150 social services staff work in a large, open space.
Learn from the past. Take action in the present. Create the future. is a tagline we sometimes use in our documents and materials. As I think about sharing our new book, Adaptive Action: Leveraging Uncertainty in Your Organization, it seems critical that we continue to use this quick, accurate description of what we offer in our relationships--both long term and newly developing; both professional and personal.
Lead in Complexity
Wouldn’t it be great if you could “fix” your human system the way you fix your mechanical world? You could take the team in for a tune-up, replace people like parts and improve performance immediately. You could depend on experts and high-quality materials to ensure predictable outcomes.
Dan Pink, the best-selling author of "Drive" and "A Whole New Mind" and a new book called "To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others", was recently asked what he believes is the most important skill in today's rapidly changing environment.
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