Agile Change-Leader Lab – Public Program
The next public Agile Change-Leader Lab will be held in Cambridge, MA on Oct. 28-29, 2014.
To apply, review the tuition and fill out the form toward the bottom of this page.
Learn the Secrets of Highly Agile Change-Leaders
The public 2-day Agile Change-Leader Lab is an intensive learning experience focused on leading organizational change in today’s complex, rapidly changing environment. Working with seasoned change consultants and an award-winning author, you will learn a powerful new change model and gain an in-depth understanding of the practices that highly agile leaders use in their successful change initiatives.
You will emerge from this workshop with increased context-setting, stakeholder, creative, and self-leadership agility – the four kinds of leadership agility needed to lead change effectively in today’s turbulent world.
Work on a Real-time Change Initiative
You come to the workshop with an important change initiative in mind, which you will work on throughout most of the 2 days. (It can be large or small in scale – something you’re about to start it or part-way into). By participating in this workshop and its built-in follow-up tele-learning session, you will hone your skills in leading change while doing critically important work on your change project.
- Through specific feedback and coaching that increases your leadership agility, you will leave with a rich action plan for an initiative that can better navigate today’s challenging organizational environment.
- You will also come away with a clear commitment to a couple of specific agile behaviors you want to focus on following the workshop, using your change initiative as an opportunity to accelerate your development as a leader.
- In addition, you’ll leave with the “Agile Change-Leader Tool Kit,” a set of key action-oriented questions you can continue to use on your own, in high-leverage conversations with co-workers, and to teach what you’ve learned to others in your organization.
- The Lab includes a follow-up tele-learning session that will support you in following through on your action plans and in practicing your new leadership behaviors.
- Finally, you’ll gain access to an online network of leaders who are practicing what they have learned in the Agile Change-Leader Lab.
The Agile Change-Leader Lab is a highly interactive, “roll up your sleeves” experience that uses a new change-leadership tool called the Leadership Agility Compass, along with focused peer coaching and a time-tested action guide, to help you apply leadership agility principles to your real-life initiatives throughout and beyond the workshop. One person called it “action learning on steroids.”
What is leadership agility?
The workshop begins with a brief, interactive presentation on Leadership Agility, what it is and why it has become essential for effective leadership in today’s complex, rapidly changing world.
Three levels of leadership agility
Through a rich small-and-large group exercise, you’ll be introduced to three “levels” of leadership agility in a way that allows you to experience these levels from the inside-out. You’ll also learn the practical consequences of leading from different agility levels when leading change, leading teams and engaging in pivotal conversations.
Using the research-based “Agile Change-Leader Tool Kit” and a powerful set of peer coaching questions, you will frame and re-frame your initiative to make it clearer, more compelling, and more on-target.
You will identify the key stakeholders for your initiative and their current attitudes toward it. Then you’ll determine where you need increased stakeholder support and pinpoint the “pivotal conversations” needed to build that support. Finally, you’ll prepare for one of these conversations and get specific coaching on how you can approach it to gain stronger shared commitment and alignment.
Continuing to focus on your individual initiative, you will identify the key problems it needs to solve. You’;; brings the most important problem to a group of four, where you’ll learn and use “creative agility” techniques to develop breakthrough solutions.
After a brief group discussion about self-leadership agility, you will develops a specific plan for working on two new, more agile leadership behaviors while undertaking your initiative.
Closing and follow-through structure
The Agile Change-Leader Lab is led and facilitated by ChangeWise principals Bill Joiner and Debbie Whitestone. Bill is the lead researcher and co-author of Leadership Agility. (See Principals page for bios).
Who is this Workshop for?
This workshop is for managers who are responsible for leading organizational change or improvement projects of any size. In other words, most line and staff managers, including internal Human Resource, Talent Management, and Leadership Development professionals. This workshop is not for external coaches or consultants.
$1500 US. (For discounts for early sign-ups, contact Debbie Whitestone: firstname.lastname@example.org)
To Reserve your Seat
After you apply using the form below, you will receive email confirmation of your registration.
Comments from Participants’ Written Evaluations
Excellent! One of the best leadership training workshops I’ve ever experienced.
This workshop was much more productive than other professional training experiences. It was very useful and is likely to have more potent and lasting outcomes.
Use of a real initiative throughout the session make everything relevant, saved time, and will help me move quickly to apply what I’ve learned in the real world.
I learned the diverse skill-set, awareness and sensitivities needed for really effective leadership. Having a new leadership level to aspire to will help frame all my interactions moving forward.
The facilitators were very knowledgeable, clear, astute, and timely in their comments.
I will apply what I have learned more so than from previous leadership development workshops. Why? Because there is a valuable model underlying this workshop, and the workshop is designed in a way that really engaged me with this model.
I gained effective tools to elaborate a real vision for my initiative.
The “context-setting” exercise changed how I framed my whole initiative.
This is the best workshop I’ve attended in the past three years!
My key take-away from the workshop was an understanding of the Leadership Agility Compass and how to use it.
I learned new skills I can use in “pivotal conversations.”
What’s best about the workshop are the practical exercises for creative agility.
To me, the most valuable part of the workshop is the one-on-one “peer coaching” conversations with other participants.
I learned how to influence others to become more accountable.
I learned the power that can come from “self-leadership.”
The facilitators were very perceptive in their interventions and very respectful of everyone present.
I learned how my “power style” influences the flow of a meeting, and how I can step back and reframe during meetings to make them more effective.
What I valued most about the workshop was the “team spirit” we came away with.
The emphasis on “reflective action” will help me continue to apply what I learned in the workshop.
This is a great workshop! Extremely useful.
I recommend this workshop to all people who are in management roles and lead teams.
Should be offered for all management levels, including executives.