Your organization isn’t dysfunctional. It is perfectly designed to achieve the results it is getting. If you want different results from your ministry efforts, then something new is called for. Mobilizing and sustaining people through the period of risk that comes with adaptation is dangerous leadership work. If you push people too far outside of their comfort zone they may reject your leadership, or the organization may melt down around you. If you are too cautious, real change may never happen. During this time of learning, we will explore the leadership mind-set and skills needed to guide an organization in genuine adaptive work.
You Will Learn To:
* Understand the role of the leader in the face of truly adaptive work
* Anticipate the reactions of an organization facing adaptive work
* Frame the adaptive challenges that your organization faces
* Diagnose the culture of your organization and its ability to support adaptive work
* Examine the sources of power and authority available to you as an adaptive leader
* Choose appropriate influence tactics and learn to resist the inappropriate influence attempts of others
* Design an effective leadership intervention that invites adaptive work in your organization
* Explore the spirituality and soul of adaptive work
* Consider the ways in which you are your own worst enemy when it comes to real change
What Will You Take Home from this Learning Retreat?
* An outstanding learning experience led and presented by Alban senior Consultant Susan Beaumont
* A 50+ page workbook designed especially for this event and used through out the event
* The “Organizational Culture Inventory,” completed by you for your organizational setting, along with a supporting interpretation and development guide
* An extensive, annotated bibliography
* Opportunities for reflection and conversations with your peers over the course of the three days
* Knowledge, skills, tools, and confidence for implementing what you learn in your own congregation
Who Should Attend?
* Clergy and lay leaders in congregations
* Seminary faculty
* Denominational and judicatory staff
What Else Should You Know?
* This event will begin with lunch on Tuesday, July 23, and concludes with lunch on Thursday, July 25. Shared meals are an important part of the learning experience. Please try to arrange your travel in such a way as to be able to participate in these opening and closing meals.
* Scholarship assistance is available for clergy and lay leaders from small congregations. Click here for more information.
Who Is the Leader?
Prior to joining Alban, Susan Beaumont spent ten years consulting with congregations, non-profit organizations, and corporate clients. Her specialties include change management, planning, and leadership development. Susan has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in leadership, communication, and organizational behavior. She is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA. Susan is the author of When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Large Congregations (Alban, 2007) and the groundbreaking book Inside the Large Congregation (Alban, 2011). Read and subscribe to her blog of the same name.