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Essential Tools for Adaptive Leadership
with Irma Tyler-Wood

Date: May 09, 2017
Session Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location Information:
Cafe La Cave
2777 Mannheim Road, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
Session Description
When Marshall Goldsmith wrote, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, he was telling leaders that 20th century skills and styles of leadership, which rely heavily on technical knowledge and skills, are insufficient for 21st century workplaces. What is required of leaders is strong adaptive skills. Adaptive skills are the skills leaders need when the problems they are facing are complex and the solutions to those problems are not clear or easily arrived at and the leader must engage the people with the problems in order to solve the problems. Using research by Daniel Goleman and The Hay Group, participants will learn the six leadership styles effective leaders use and assess their own strengths and areas for development in terms of adaptive skills. They will then learn a range of adaptive tools and be given an opportunity to practice the tools on a leadership case study that requires the leader to use adaptive skills and later apply those same tools to a real world leadership challenge they face.

Ms. Irma Tyler-Wood is a Partner with Ki ThoughtBridge. She is co-author of the book Expand the Pie: How to Create More Value in Any Negotiation. Prior to her work at Ki ThoughtBridge, she practiced corporate law in Washington, D.C., and had careers in education and government. While at Harvard Law School, she worked as a negotiation Teaching Fellow with Roger Fisher and served as the Assistant Director of the Conflict Clinic at the Harvard Negotiation Project. At Ki ThoughtBridge, Ms. Tyler-Wood consults nationally and internationally with corporate, government, and other public sector clients in resolving complex, high stakes disputes. She has advised and coached corporate and government clients to enable them to implement major change initiatives, resolve complex multi-party disputes, and create, enhance, and repair strategic business relationships. Ms. Tyler-Wood has done extensive work in education, and advising educators in universities and public school systems in areas ranging from collective bargaining contracts to school reform initiatives. She has also applied conflict resolution frameworks to help individuals and organizations address "glass ceiling" issues and diversity as it impacts team effectiveness. In a decade of experience in this field, organizations with which Ms. Tyler-Wood has worked include IBM, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Eastman Kodak Company, Polaroid Corporation, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, AT&T, Bell Labs, Smith College, and Boston Public Schools.
Time Allocation - Topics
25% Moving from Technical to Adaptive Leadership
  • Technical vs. adaptive leadership
  • Six leadership styles effective adaptive leaders use
25% Tools and Skills for Adaptive Leadership
  • Partisan Perceptions Tool©
  • Strategic Approach To Influence©
  • Four Quadrant Tool©
  • One-Text Process©
25% Case Study: Adaptive Leadership Challenges

Participants will apply the tools to a case study that requires them to utilize the adaptive skills and tools they’ve learned.

25% Case Study: Adaptive Leadership Challenges

Participants will apply the tools to a case study that requires them to utilize the adaptive skills and tools they’ve learned.

Guide to Participant Selection
1 indicates primary target audience.
2 indicates a good fit if the level of material is appropriate.
3 indicates (in the opinion of the institute and the faculty) very limited applicability.
Senior Executive
(Pres, Exec & Sr VP)
(VP & Gen'l Mgr)
Senior Managers
(Div & Reg. Mgrs)
Middle Managers
& Superintendents
Adaptability, Commitment, Communication, Creativeness, Decisiveness, Empathy, Interpersonal Relations, Persistence, Timing, Use of Time
Problem Identification, Selecting and Organizing Information, Evaluating Alternative Solutions, Developing Specific Plans
Use of Authority, Discipline

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