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Adaptive Action is simple, but it isn't always easy. In this short video, Glenda Eoyang explains the fundamentals
Business & IndustryLead in Complexity
A decade ago, the business world was abuzz with talk of teams. It was the way to get things done in the “organization of the future.” We are now in the future, and teams (at least as we knew them then) are becoming a thing of the past. Why?
This week's survey was about uncertainty--Can we control our world enough to limit or do away with uncertainty? What can we control when the whole world seems uncertain and out of control? What can we do to respond to the uncertainty in our lives?
Build Adaptive Capacity
Guest author Janice Ryan discusses how she uses ongoing adaptive actions in her occupational therapy practice to empower her clients to strive for fulfillment of their own adaptive potentials. You may learn more about the enhanced neuro-adaptation environments she and others are applying in treatment here.
I am finally able to get a moment to respond to an emerging conversation in which Dave Snowden critiques one of my tweets and the rest of human systems dynamics as if it were captured in the same 140 characters.  It is always interesting to read a critique of my work, if only to tease out what it says about the critic from what it says about me and the work my colleagues and I do.  Our practice in human systems dynamics (www.hsdinstitute.org) and adaptive action encourages us to turn judgment into curiosity; turn defensiveness into self-reflection; and turn conflict into shared exploration.
We have all seen or experienced a version of this story: the CEO leaves a company or an organization, creating the possibility of massive, potentially disruptive change, and our first reaction is, “Now what!?!”  But, for those of us who want to effectively manage constant change (i.e., life in the “real” world), we must work through the “Adaption Action” cycle of asking What? and So what? before we get to the Now what?
Over the past couple of months, I’ve led Adaptive Action Labs around the world.  Each Lab was unique, but in every one, a team took advantage of the opportunity to break free from their most sticky issues. An Adaptive Action Lab is a new mode of support for teams facing complex challenges. They arrive with an apparently intractable issue and leave with concrete action plans and renewed energy and curiosity.
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