Friday, April 26, 2013 - 1-2 PM ET
Adaptive Action: Managing Today and Influencing Tomorrow
Guests: Glenda Eoyang, Royce Holladay and Denise Easton
An elegantly simple process can help guide you and your organization in understanding the impact of complex environments. Adaptive Action: Leveraging Uncertainty in Your Organization, a new book by Glenda Eoyang and Royce Holladay, offers a framework. Readers can ask: What? So what? Now what? These questions lead to careful observation, consideration of options and implication, and then to effective action. The authors will discuss their research, methods and insights with Denise Easton. Read the authors’ blog, Adaptive Action.
Glenda Eoyang is founder and executive director of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute (HSDI). Her study of complexity in human systems led her to apply some of the underlying dynamics of chaos to a field of study and action she named Human System Dynamics (HSD). She consults, facilitates, coaches, and teaches in public and private organizations around the world, and leads an international network of more than 300 HSD Associates. She has deep insights into the art and science of self organizing systems. In addition to Adaptive Action, she has written numerous papers and articles and three books: Coping With Chaos: Seven Simple Tools, Facilitating Organization Change: Lessons from Complexity Science, and Voices from the Field.
Royce Holladay, the director of the network for HSDI, has used the theory and application of human systems dynamics in her career as teacher, school district administrator, consultant, coach and writer. She often uses stories, poetry and graphics to express complex ideas. Her published works include Influencing Patterns for Change: A Human Systems Dynamics Primer for Leaders, (with Kristine Quade), Dynamical Leadership: Building Adaptive Capacity for Uncertain Times (with Kristine Quade) and Simple Rules: A Radical Inquiry into Self(with Mallary Tytel).
Denise Easton is an experienced entrepreneur and consultant who works in the corporate, public, education and non-profit domains. As the co-founder of Complexity Space Consulting, and the founder and CEO of Adapt Knowledge, Denise has multi industry experience in product development, knowledge management, business systems and complexity dynamics in organizations. She has focused her research and work on the synthesis of complexity science, business applications, human systems and organization design and strategy. Denise recently co-authored an online ecourse on Complexity with Lisa Kimball. Denise is a certified by the HSD Institute as a Human System Dynamics Practitioner.