Adaptive Leadership Program
Detailed Course Outline
Course Module or Components
The following illustrates all components of a typical program, but we configure based on client needs.
Module One: Define the stretch: What matters most?
Instructional Hours: 6.75
Components: Two-hour kick-off meeting, conversations with peers to understand expectations and perceptions, a 4-hour workshop to help process and determine the various stretch goals, and a 45-minute 1:1 coaching session.
Learning Outcomes: Understand what matters most (what we need to deliver or change) at three levels of the business: company, team, and participant and the relationships between them, and the current state of those elements. Through this discovery process participants will grow their strategic awareness and enhance their relationships with colleagues across the company and within the team itself. This is a crucial step and is the foundation of the team’s collective adaptive journey together.
Module Two: Map Mindset: Make the Invisible Visible
Instructional Hours: 5.5
Methodology: In-person workshop plus 1:1 leadership coaching (in person and/or by phone)
Components: In a workshop, develop a shared “inner literacy” of high performance, scalable leadership, and how we and others can go into unconscious self-protective behaviours. Each participant will arrive at a highly detailed map of all the behaviours and beliefs that get in the way of the three stretch goals (company, team, and individual). Each participant will have a map that is accurate, intriguing, and relevant to their lives.
Learning Outcomes: Participants should begin to grow their capability in (a) asking different questions (b) holding multiple perspectives, (c) understanding how we connect with our larger (“above the line”) / smaller selves (“below the line”) (d) applying step-wise pause (braking) for when they are triggered and (d) beginning to enhance emotional intelligence to identify when others are triggered (into survival mode).
Module Three: Grow Awareness: Watch Your Map Play Out in Real Time
Instructional Hours: 10
Methodology: Two four-hour labs and two 60-minute coaching sessions
Components: Detailed journaling of the moments when they are triggered and see their self-protective behaviours kick-into action, the biography of those limiting beliefs and assumptions, and the associated costs to them and the company. We’ll complement this with two four-hour labs where participants share their insights and perspectives, learn to and practice coaching each other, and support and hold each other accountable as they deepen their self-awareness and ability to see how they erode performance.
Learning Outcomes: Participants should have greater self and system awareness and begin to grow their capability in (a) asking different questions (b) holding multiple perspectives, (c) understanding how we connect with our larger (“above the line”) / smaller selves (“below the line”) (d) applying step-wise pause (braking) for when they are triggered and (d) beginning to enhance emotional intelligence to identify when others are triggered (into survival mode). Participants will also develop greater comfort in being consciously incompetent as they try out new ways of being and leadership skills, both as individuals and as a team.
Module Four: Challenge Your Big Assumptions / Reprogram Your Operating System
Instructional Hours: 10
Methodology: In-person workshops and 1:1 coaching
Components: Via two 60-minute coaching sessions and two four-hour labs, participants will (a) design experiments to collect data on their big assumptions (b) conduct the experiments (c) capture the data and (4) interpret the data. On average, each participant will run three experiments on the same limiting belief. This is also where we’ll weave in technical learning on the most relevant/needed skills.
Learning Outcomes: Greater self-awareness, less reactive behaviours individually and collectively, greater trust with each other and comfort with vulnerability, and an eagerness to experiment with new ways of working that deliver stretch goals more efficiently.
Module Five: Create New Habits: Consolidating Gains and the Sustainment Plan
Instructional Hours: 9
Methodology: One 60-minute coaching session and two four-hour labs
Components: Participants will have overturned a limiting belief and will anchor on new habits in consciously programmed and empowering beliefs. They will make conscious the mental models needed to excel individually and collectively. They will have designed a sustainment mechanism to continue these practices beyond the life of the program.
Learning Outcomes: Greater self-awareness, less reactive behaviours individually and collectively, greater trust and comfort with vulnerability, and an eagerness to experiment with new ways of working that deliver stretch goals.
Assessment Method: Attendance, active engagement with fieldwork and discussion, qualitative assessment of progress via discussions with stakeholders, and (if elected) quantitative measurement of participant’s stated leadership development focus over time (the One Big Thing) via 3 short Pulse Surveys.
Total Training Duration/Length (days): Approximately nine months
Total Training Hours: 41.25 hours per participant
Total Cost of Program: $50,000 for seven participants; $2,800 per participants 8-12)
Course Capacity (maximum number of people allowed in one course): 12
Delivery Method: In-person for workshops and labs, in-person and/or video or call for 1:1 coaching.
Brad Herbert is a certified Leadership Coach (CPCC, PCC) with 27 years in HR spanning multiple sectors, countries, fast-growth start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies. He was the VP, Talent Development and Organizational Effectiveness for Electronic Arts’ 9,000 employees, and prior to that the VP of HR for its 15 worldwide studios. He’s been the HR Leader for two start-ups and began his career in Silicon Valley working at Netscape and EA during their hyper-growth years. It’s been quite a ride, and since 2008 he’s had the incredible privilege of contributing to others’ success via his own practice, where he specializes in cultivating adaptability via leadership assessments (including pre-hire, online, and stakeholder interviews), leadership coaching for individuals and teams, and custom leadership development programs.
His clients are usually CEOs and their direct reports in high-growth organizations. They are committed to achieving goals in all areas of their lives, and creating thriving, adaptable businesses where people love to work. Promoted to a Vice President and relocated to a new country at age 35, Brad truly understands the experience and pressure executives feel when trying to simultaneously execute strategies and develop the capacity of themselves and the company. Blending progressive talent theory and strategies, pragmatism, and a positive, casual style Brad’s partnership helps leaders achieve results, develop outstanding leaders, and strategically approach people and culture development to stay ahead of the growth curve.
Brad has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Michigan State University, a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, is a Certified Co-Active Coaching Professional and graduate of the Leadership Program from the Coaches Training Institute, is certified as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation, and holds certifications in The Leadership Circle Profile, The Leadership System, Hogan assessments, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tools. He has deep interest and additional training in adult development (in particular the Immunity to Change methodology), neuroscience, and progressive approaches to organizational adaptability, leadership, and culture. Brad is married, loves learning, travel, dogs, experimenting with ketogenetic diets and intermittent fasting, meditation, early morning workouts, and is an active member of the ICF Vancouver chapter where he was a finalist for the 2016 Coach Impact Award.
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Adaptive Leadership Program
The Adaptive Leadership Program is a nine-month long team (or cohort) based leadership development journey focused on achieving company and functional goals while simultaneously enhancing:
- The organization’s capabilities and culture
- The leadership team’s teamwork and skills
- Individual leadership wisdom and skills
Participants identify the “stretch” or thematic aspiration for each layer, and then contrast that with the current state. They learn how to develop all aspects of their organization in an integrated, intentional way, especially during rapid change or growth. The program becomes a way to further strengthen alignment, wisdom, and connection while the team achieves its stretch goals.
The program is comprised of two workshops and six labs (3-4 hours each), eight hours of 1:1 leadership coaching for each participant, and peer coaching and accountability/support to facilitate development as the participants deliver results.