Evolvagility: Growing and Agile Leadership Culture from the Inside Out, January 22 2019
In their effort to adapt to an increasingly complex and turbulent social, economic, technological, and business environment, organizations around the world are increasingly adopting some form of agility. And yet, as many are finding, agility is an organizational capability that goes far deeper than processes, structures, and behaviors. It is as much a way of thinking, and of being, as it is about doing. It is as much an inner capacity as it an outer one.
Evolvagility is a practical and systematic approach to growing such an inner agility. Drawing on research and insights from adult developmental psychology, relationship systems, executive coaching, and organization development, it leads us toward a deeper understanding of the very anatomy of human sensemaking, and how it impacts our capacity for effective and creative action. And, perhaps more importantly, Evolvagility provides a practical methodology with which we might increase the capacity of that inner sensemaking in order to help ourselves, and others, make sense of the complexity and ambiguity of the situations we increasingly find ourselves in as players in 21st Century organizational life.
This session introduces the unique thinking and framework which informs and underlies Evolvagility and its practices. You will walk away with
- A way of thinking about agile leadership that emphasizes the systemic, relational, and inner developmental dimension of leadership as is increasingly called for in the ever-more volatile, uncertain and complex world we find ourselves in
- An understanding of deep sensemaking and meaning-making anatomy of mind that underlies and determines an individual’s leadership capacity, and which will help you start to get your hands on the “levers and dials” to growing yourself as an agile leader
- A deeper insight into the nature of agile leadership within the organizational setting and what this entails for the role of organizational managers and leaders
Why should I learn this subject?
“Agile Leadership” has become a hot topic in the agile world, and elsewhere. In the Agile world, organizational agility is seen as an essential condition for team delivery agility; and organizational agility can only blossom within an environment of a strong leadership agility.
There are a number of conceptions regarding the nature of agile leadership that cause us to stumble. Two of these are particularly noteworthy. The first one is relatively easy to see—it is the presumption of leadership as that which defines a specific organizational role. The second is harder to see because it is so common, and that is the objectivist approach that is almost universally accepted when it comes to growing and developing agile leaders.
Evolvagility is a methodology for growing agile leadership that is based on two fundamental premises. First, it presumes leadership as an everywhere phenomenon—as a systemic quality that is as much a part of an organization’s DNA as the subject matter expertise that is at the source of the business which that organization is in. Secondly, Evolvagility is a methodology for growing leadership capability from the inside out—that is, it starts with growing individual consciousness and, from there, the capacity for relationship and, from there, organizational performance.
Building on these two fundamental premises, Evolvagility provides a unique approach to accessing, and growing your capacity for agile leadership from the inside out—that is from the level of consciousness and inner sensemaking which either limits or enhances your capacity for outward facing leadership action. In doing so, it leverages four decades of research in adult human psychology, executive coaching, and human systems dynamics. Evolvagility provides the actual levers and dials to growing yourself—and others—as an agile leader.
Why should I learn it from you?
For the past 15 years, Michael Hamman has coached and trained leaders at all levels and from all walks of organizational life in developing their capacity for deep agility—not just as a set of things to do, or a set of things to know—but as a way of being. In doing so, Michael synthesizes a broad body of research and personal training, particularly as it relates to adult developmental psychology and its relation to the growing of deep, inner leadership capabilities.
Who would benefit from attending?
Anyone who is sees themselves as an agile leader—or someone who wishes to become one—and would like to have a deeper insight into the deeper anatomy of mind that constitutes leadership agility.