Friday, October 1, 2021
Presented by David B. Peterson, Chief Catalyst and Transformation Officer, 7 Paths Forward, LLC
Disruptive experiences have long been seen as key ingredients in accelerating or transforming a leader’s development (Bennis & Thomas, 2002; Dotlich, Noel & Walker, 2004), but rarely are they used systematically or proactively and many leaders actively resist them (Gillespie, 2020). To thrive in the face of more frequent disruption (Diamandis & Kottler, 2020), leaders need sufficient exposure to diverse, novel, and adverse (DNA) experiences such that they learn how to navigate successfully through complex, unanticipated challenges rather than being stressed and overwhelmed.
This workshop outlines the implications of dramatically increasing complexity and the accelerating pace of change for leaders, examines the new capabilities and mindsets leaders will require to thrive and identifies a number of factors that actually make it difficult for leaders to learn and develop in these conditions.
The majority of the session then focuses on:
- types of disruptive experiences that accelerate leadership agility,
- leadership practices and mindsets, such as curiosity, reflection, and first-principles thinking, that enhance learning and agile decision-making, and
- techniques for leading teams and organizations through disruption, chaos, and complexity.
Finally, the workshop summarizes additional advantages of increasing exposure to stressful and disruptive experiences -- including greater empathy, resilience, and well-being -- and how to maximize them.
Learning Objectives - Participants will be able to:
- Describe 5 reasons why leaders are not well-prepared to learn and adapt in times of disruption and accelerating change
- Explain why reflection, curiosity, and humility are essential elements in future-proofing leaders
- Explain the critical role that diverse, novel, and adverse experiences play in leader development