Adaptive Leadership 202: A Learning Congregation Workshop

Sat, 10/05/2013 - 8:30am - 12:30pm

John Gibb Millspaugh

with John Gibb Millspaugh,
Director of Congregational Ministry

Location: UU Wellesley, Ma

See also Master Class for Ministers available October 6 (click here for details).

It has been said: "There are no dysfunctional organizations; every organization is perfectly aligned to achieve what it gets." That goes for congregations, too. For leaders to make progress on our congregations' toughest challenges, we need new ways of thinking and feeling, new lenses to seeing what's right in front of us, and new tools for changing and being changed.  

A rich resource for leaders who want to tackle significant, ongoing challenges in their congregations is the "Adaptive Leadership" framework, pioneered by Dr. Ronald Heifetz, Senior lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School, and founder of Harvard's Center for Public Leadership. We'll start by quickly reviewing some basics of Adaptive Leadership-including the difference between adaptive challenges and technical problems, how and why congregations fail to make progress on their most important challenges, and how to create supportive spaces for the intense emotional and spiritual work of change.  

We'll then take things to a "202 level" by examining six types of adaptive challenges common to our congregations, tools for understanding the personal aspects of adaptive work, and strategies for helping our congregations face any challenge more adaptively. Teams of congregational leaders encouraged but not required.

Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh is a 2001 graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School (HKS), where Dr. Ron Heifetz has refined the theory of Adaptive Leadership for decades. After serving as Dr. Heifetz's teaching assistant in the 2009 HKS course "Leadership on the Line," Dr. Heifetz personally authorized John to teach his adaptive leadership framework. John has offered five General Assembly workshops to congregational leaders, one of which was rated the second-most appreciated workshop from over a hundred at General Assembly. He also has offered four-day workshops on Adaptive Leadership to clergy in California, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. A UU minister at one John's adaptive leadership workshops stated, "This was useful and an eye opener for me even after 19 years of ministerial leadership!"

$50 individuals / $35 seminarians - includes refreshments and materials. 

Registration Full. We have reached capacity. If you would like to be added to a waitlist in the event of cancelations, please email your request to Meck Groot at cbd-mbd-programs [at] uua [dot] org with your name, congregation and telephone number. Be sure to indicate the event. 

Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh is a 2001 graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School (HKS), where Dr. Ron Heifetz has refined the theory of Adaptive Leadership for decades. After serving as Dr. Heifetz's teaching assistant in the 2009 HKS course "Leadership on the Line," Dr. Heifetz personally authorized John to teach his adaptive leadership framework. John has offered five General Assembly workshops to congregational leaders, one of which was rated the second-most appreciated workshop from over a hundred at General Assembly. He also has offered four-day workshops on Adaptive Leadership to clergy in California, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. A UU minister at one John's adaptive leadership workshops stated, "This was useful and an eye opener for me even after 19 years of ministerial leadership!"