Ron Heifetz on Adaptive Leadership and His Journey

December 6, 2016
Hosted by Maureen Metcalf

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During the Interview, we discuss Ron's thoughts on leadership and his journey. Here is a preview: In times of change, people often try to hold onto the values of their culture that have had personal meaning and significance to them. When dominant cultures are confronted with stresses such as immigrants, they are called to examine their values and often required to take on very difficult integrative work. The leadership required must point out values such as: We stand for freedom and respect for all people, and our policy does not align with what we say we stand for. How do we make space for this evolution? What are the “gives” and “gets” required to evolve cultures? How can we hold steady to our cultural DNA and still evolve? In nature, when an organism adapts, it builds on its old capacity and generates radically new functionality. Ron suggested that "God didn’t do zero-based budgeting in evolution". We honor our past and at the same time determine what can we release.

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Maureen Metcalf

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Maureen is the Founder and CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute, a renowned executive advisor focused on making the world better through leadership! She helps clients strengthen their leadership talent pool so that leadership itself becomes one of your strategic advantages to co-create a thriving future.

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