It’s an Adaptive Challenge When . . .

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

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The following is a post that appeared on the blog of the Kansas Leadership Center.  It is inspired by and based on the work of Ron Heifetz and Kristin von Donop of Cambridge Leadership Associates. One of the greatest challenges for leadership is to distinguish between technical and adaptive challenges and to what extent solutions require focus on content or process.

Seven Ways To Know If You Are Facing An Adaptive Challenge:

1.   If the solution requires operating in a different way than you do now

… you may be facing an adaptive challenge!

2.   If the problem AND the solution require learning

… you may be facing an adaptive challenge!

3.    If the solution requires shifting the authority and responsibility to the  people who are actually affected

… you may be facing an adaptive challenge!

4.    If the solution requires some sacrifice of your past ways of working or living

… you may be facing an adaptive challenge!

5.    If the solution requires experimenting before you’re sure of the answer

… you may be facing an adaptive challenge!

6.    If the solution will take a long time

… you may be facing an adaptive challenge!

7.    If the challenge connects to people’s deeply held values

… you may be facing an adaptive challenge!

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