FCMA Network Virtual Breakfast: Adaptive Leadership


21 March, 2023

8:00 am - 9:00 am GMT


FCMA Network Virtual Breakfast: Adaptive Leadership

Location: Online

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To lead is to live with danger. We're delighted to welcome Professor Christopher Pietroni to discuss adaptive leadership: change and survival in complex systems.

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Professor Christopher Pietroni, Director of the Birmingham Leadership Institute (BLI) and expert in adaptive leadership will share his insights from theory and practice to help you navigate complexity in your organisations.

“The most common leadership failure stems from attempting to apply technical solutions to adaptive challenges.” Ron Heifetz.

To lead is to live with danger. Although it may be exciting to think of leadership as inspiration, decisive action, and powerful rewards it often requires putting yourself on the line, disturbing the status quo, and working with organisational and political conflicts. Those who choose to lead take the risks and sometimes are neutralised for doing so.

This webinar in adaptive leadership draws on the work of Prof. Ron Heifetz of Harvard University.

Christopher will provide opportunities for learning about the challenges and opportunities of leadership in complex systems:

  1. Explore the difference between leadership and authority and the implications for your work and your organisation.

  2. Develop your capacity for distinguishing between “technical” and “adaptive” work.

  3. Explore and apply a variety of tools, techniques and approaches to enable you to make progress of adaptive challenges more effectively and thrive.

We hope you can join us for this special session hosted by CIMA fellow Nick Jessett.

  • Professor Christopher Pietroni

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    Professor Christopher Pietroni is Director of the Birmingham Leadership Institute and Professor of Leadership Practice University of Birmingham.

    Christopher’s work focuses on leadership and change in complex systems with a particular interest in applying and adapting insights from narrative, framing, movement building and adaptive leadership.

    Working in the UK, US and Europe he leads a number of senior executive and graduate development programmes and post-graduate teaching/Exec Ed as well as consulting widely.

    He is a long-time collaborator with Prof Marshall Ganz and in 2016 and 2020 was a member of Prof Ron Heifetz’s adaptive leadership teaching team at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He teaches the Leadership in Public Services module on the MSc in Public Management and Leadership at the University of Birmingham.

    Christopher has wide experience directing, designing and leading systems leadership programmes across the public and private sectors including: Leadership for Change (Systems Leadership Steering Group), Skills for Systems Leadership (PHE), Future Vision (Leadership Centre), C21st Aspiring Directors Programme (University of Birmingham), National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government (University of Birmingham), and the BLI’s flagship MSc and Level 7 Apprenticeship programme in Systems Thinking and Leadership Practitioner (University of Birmingham).

    Christopher has been a Senior Fellow at the Leadership Centre and a Senior Associate at the Kings Fund.