We know that you have a vision for the work you do out in the world. You also have constituencies, allies, and obstacles – erected by the very people who want the change. This program helps you see and act on the interrelationships between the larger social system, your organization, your team and you — and to become skillful at mapping these interrelationships and the challenges they pose. Leading requires listening to all of the sounds, discordant and pleasing, and to discerning the way forward.

 Based on the work of Dr. Ron Heifetz, leadership author and teacher, we enable you to diagnose your adaptive challenges and distinguish them from technical challenges. (Adaptive challenges are those for which there is no easy answer, challenges that don’t have an off-the-shelf solution and those which require the system to betray loyalties and act against long-held assumptions. Technical problems have an answer that can be easily applied.) Often, adaptive challenges are misdiagnosed as technical in our quest to just stop the pain and make people happy. The results can range from ineffective to catastrophic.

Ultimately, all of this work is crucial to realizing your vision of building and sustaining a leadership culture that lives in every facet of your work and team. It advances you on the continuum from awareness to action – to first see the most vexing challenges in new and productive ways, and then to see your peers as partners and to engage new tools to address them.

At the end of two in-person sessions, two coaching sessions and the distribution of useable materials over a period of years, participants will be able to:

  1. Diagnose their adaptive challenges and separate them from technical challenges
  2. Understand the differences between authority and leadership
  3. Have a conceptual framework and language you can use as a group to intervene in the system to make progress on adaptive challenges
  4. Understand the risks of leadership and how to protect yourself to stay alive

A Selection of Our OFFERINGS

Strategic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Planning with Race at Center

Address your organization’s most pressing DEI-related challenges through an inclusive process that leads to concrete changes in management practices, systems and culture.

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Leadership Team Effectiveness in a Virtual Environment

Discover new ways to sustain relationships, foster intentional communication and make tough decisions as your team collaborates in a largely-virtual working environment.

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Whole Organization assessment

It starts with knowing where you are in your talent and leadership practices, and the effect these have on your organization’s internal culture and external impact.

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Talent Initiative

This intensive and holistic consulting, coaching and training program engages key leaders in aligning, assessing, planning for, and implementing a customized leadership development and talent management strategy. 

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Ready to Go - Executive level transitions for Boards and new CEOs

Perfect for a new c-suite or chief executive, will help the new executive transition into a facilitated process designed to generate early alignment and reduce the risk of a bumpy start.

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Leadership is A Verb

Realize your vision of building and sustaining a leadership culture that lives in every facet of your work and team.

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Leading From Center

Learn and practice key concepts and skills in adaptive leadership to exercise leadership in a range of contexts.

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Strengthening Organizational Culture and Design to Get Through and Thrive

Culture has to support purpose. Design has to support culture. The decisions and choices you make now will define your culture and the way things work well into the future.

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Equitable Leadership and Succession

Learn to work in new ways to create environments in which all talented staff are positioned to advance.

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Vice President of Talent On-Demand

This service provides tailored, efficient, flexible coaching coupled with access to AchieveMission’s library of talent management tools, templates and training materials.

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Executive Coaching for Transformation

Exercise leadership on what matters most, adapting and learning in real time.

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