– Mornington Peninsula, Victoria June 3-5
This Sensing Journey which I and 12 LESNW leaders had the pleasure to experience, provided an opportunity to breakthrough habitual patterns of seeing and listening by stepping into an immersive experience that provoked deep reflection, thinking and dialogue. The journey allowed us to connect with the staff and students of Woodleigh College, experience their ‘school system’ through their lens and delve into their context and reflect on key concepts and questions we are exploring in our work. Further to this, it provided opportunities to explore new ways of thinking about our leadership practice and work context, and an amazing opportunity to build personal relationships and extend our professional networks.
We also reflected on how we as leaders have an ‘Immunity to change’.
“…the biggest error leaders make is when they apply technical means to solve adaptive challenges. In other words, we are unable to bring about the changes we want because we are misdiagnosing our challenge as technical, when it is adaptive. The implication is that we must find adaptive means of support ourselves and others to meet adaptive challenges.” Kegan and Lahey 2009
In short a technical approach is:
- easy to identify
- more often quick, easy solutions
- solved by experts or authority
- limited scope for change
- either/or thinking
- where implementation can be fast
An adaptive approach:
- can be difficult to identify
- requires a change in values, beliefs, roles and approaches
- is where the people who have the problem solve it
- requires multiple changes at different levels across an organisation (and possibly beyond!)
- solution requires new discoveries, skills and time.