“The way in which the program was structured and facilitated was masterful, designed to keep both individuals and the group as a whole at our learning edge.”

Laura Harris
Peer Services Officer
Australia Council for the Arts

“Adaptive Leadership has been, and I suspect will remain, the most valuable thing I could have done in my development journey.”

Heather Chaffey
Manager Sustainable Communities
Wentworth Community Housing

“The delivery style did more than facilitate, it helped to nurture the courage for me to really dig deep and see what was underneath the waterline.”

Eugene McGarrell
General Manager Health & Community Engagement
iCare

“My collaborative skills were significantly improved as a result and have become a core element of my work and my self awareness…”

Clare Babbage
Senior Consultant
Iceni

“I have learned: To trust myself, to listen to others, to learn from mistakes, to diagnose systems, to mentor and be mentored, to relish leaving the comfort zone and cherish getting back, to be more grateful and patient, to open more doors.”

Chris Zinn
Consumer Campaigner

“As program leaders, facilitators, educators and individual coaches, the Adaptive Leadership Australia Team brought my learning to life.”

Miranda Shaw
General Manager
Community Health Services & the Sydney Health Care Interpreter Service
Sydney Local Health District

“During the programme I gained a number of deep insights, the sorts that once seen, can't be unseen; and which genuinely changed my view of myself, of others, and of the world around me.”

Brett Andersen
General Manager Tax/Pacific National

Testimonials

Laura Harris

The (Sydney Leadership) program was one of the most influential and critical learning experiences of my personal and professional life. How to navigate and work with complexity – that was the learning, with insights and skill sets that go far beyond traditional ideas of leadership and are applicable regardless of formal positions. The way in which the program was structured and facilitated was masterful, designed to keep both individuals and the group as a whole at our learning edge. It was challenging at times, even uncomfortable, however always done with purpose and in service of facilitating the greatest learning. I now have a diverse network of talented and like-minded peers who share a desire to see adaptive leadership practiced. There is a genuine and meaningful exchange of ideas and support for each other’s professional journeys that has extended well beyond the life of the program. The ALA team are extremely dedicated to this work and carry out their practice with the greatest integrity.
Laura Harris
Peer Services Officer
Australia Council for the Arts

Eugene McGarrell

It’s not always a comfortable journey but I have been taken through challenges, experienced discomfort and been faced with my own vulnerabilities knowing all the way through the learning journey that my wellbeing was always supported. The delivery style did more than facilitate, it helped to nurture the courage for me to really dig deep and see what was underneath the waterline. This approach took me to insights and learnings about my own part in the system and how I could use that learning to change the system for social good.

The style was always safe and I have managed to create a social cohesiveness with the groups I worked with which has led to a number of new friendships and ongoing learning sets. The learning for me continues to emerge due to the network created from the events I participated in.

Eugene McGarrell
General Manager Health and Community Engagement at iCare

Christopher Zinn

I have learned:

To trust myself, to listen to others, to learn from mistakes, to diagnose systems, to mentor and be mentored, to relish leaving the comfort zone and cherish getting back, to be more grateful and patient, to open more doors.

To laugh and cry but above all to try and above all to help.

To embrace difference and not cling onto sameness. To seek, understand and practice honesty especially with myself.

To stand together with others I might never have met , let alone shared deeply with, in a broad understanding of what we can and now should do.

To understand how our learnings have connected us more deeply and for longer than any mere courses. To appreciate that now is always the perfect time for action. To banish procrastination. To accept we are human and that is not just a failing but with experiences we have shared. Pretty God Damn amazing.

Here’s to the future with thanks to the past as we engage with the now. I couldn’t and wouldn’t have done it, or be doing it, without you guys. I’m back for more so let’s carry on!

Chris Zinn
Consumer Campaigner

Jono McCauley

It’s been over 10 years since I started my long and looping learning experience of adaptive leadership through the Benevolent Society’s Sydney Leadership Program. I am thrilled to see that some of the finest practitioners of this vitally important craft are launching this new venture to continue the work that the Benevolent Society began. Adaptive leadership has led me into some of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I am sure the team at Adaptive Leadership Australia will guide many more people in the same direction.

Jono McCauley
Director, Creative Strategy, Eleven Communications

Heather Chaffey

The adaptive leadership development I have undertaken with the women of ALA in the past two years has fundamentally shifted me. My leadership practice is now more mindful, more reflective, more empowered and more effective. I feel stronger in myself; capable of fierce social leadership.

I had come the program seeking new theories and tools to boost my leadership capacity. ALA led me on an unexpectedly more personal journey, which allowed me to change the stories I tell myself about myself. To drop defensiveness and embrace a far more useful curiosity.

Because of the bonds formed with my peers in this immersive learning ground; because of the time we spent engaged in challenges within the safe holding space created by ALA, I have strengthened my capacity to hear others and to be more deliberate more often.

I have a new suite of tools, ideas and theories to support me in leading change when needed as well as simply leading in my day-to-day roles.

Adaptive Leadership has been, and I suspect will remain, the most valuable thing I could have done in my development journey. It impacts positively on my practice every day as well as in my personal relationships.

The program supported me to develop a much clearer sense of my purpose, what I want to achieve, and two years later, it still inspires me to hold on and do the hard work before me as I work to meet that purpose.

ALA is a truly wonderful opportunity for any aspiring social leader who has the guts to do the hard work of change and leadership; in themselves and in the systems around them.

Heather Chaffey
Manager Sustainable Communities
Wentworth Community Housing

Clare Babbage

The team from Adaptive Leadership Australia brings a unique skill set to their facilitation work. The experience as a participant is one of exploration; you are deeply involved in the process as it challenges you to adopt different ways of working. My collaborative skills were significantly improved as a result and have become a core element of my work and my self-awareness achieved through the process of adaptive leadership has been central to my career and professional development. As a result of the training I received I am able to access support and networking from a diverse group of professionals who share the work of navigating complex systems to create change in society.

Clare Babbage
Senior Consultant
Iceni

Miranda Shaw

Adaptive Leadership is hard learning and can be emotionally challenging. The team guides a large group of diverse participants through personal and professional reflection, complex theory and intensive group work. I gained greater insight into myself as a leader and new skills in diagnosing organisational systems and working with authority.

As program leaders, facilitators, educators and individual coaches, the Adaptive Leadership Australia
Team brought my learning to life.

Miranda Shaw
General Manager
Community Health Services & the Sydney Health Care Interpreter Service | Sydney Local Health District

Antonia Seymour

I met the ALA team on SLA’s Sydney Leadership program in 2015. Adaptive leadership can only be learned experientially – and the ALA team are virtuosic in their ability to facilitate an environment that will completely change the way you think about leading change.

Antonia Seymour
General Manager – Arts on Tour

Brett Andersen

I encountered the ALA team undertaking the Social Leadership Australia 2017 programme. I think encounter is the right word – meetings in a work sense can be frivolous and even tedious; time wasting. Encounters are much more memorable: challenging; perspective-changing.

Rosamund and Sophi were the principal facilitators of the course, Julie guided us through specific sessions, and Lisa provided mentorship through the programme.

I had wanted to undertake some further structured learning for some time, but hadn’t identified what – at the stage of my career, deeper technical knowledge was not the right path, and similarly many management programs would have replicated many of tools and methods I have learned over my 25 year professional career in finance areas.

The SLA programme was perfect: the length of the programme was very manageable (6 months), the format 2-3 concentrated blocks each month really worked for me, and the time commitment between the group days was not onerous. If I have made it sound easy, forgive me. It was very challenging. And it was truly about leadership, as opposed to management.

I have often thought that if I get one really good insight a year, it’s been a good year. During the programme I gained a number of deep insights, the sorts that once seen, can’t be unseen; and which genuinely changed my view of myself, of others, and of the world around me.

Many factors played their part in this:
– The choice of content was excellent; choices that were tweaked on a real time basis by Rosamund and Sophi to adapt to the progress and temperature of the group.
– The quality of facilitation was outstanding: Rosamund and Sophie with their piercing questions and silences, Lisa with her mind maps helping me see my own thoughts, Julie bringing her deep experience from senior learning and people leadership roles.
– My cohort of participants – 22 amazing people from across the public sector, not for profits, and corporates. It is rare for me to be able to learn in a group of contemporaries. Most of my work, social, and family life is spent in hierarchies. The levelling and absence of a work title was very liberating. I have formed very close bonds with many of these colleagues.

Undertaking the course is a privilege. And it carries with it an obligation. To lead.

I have recommended the ALA team to many close respected friends. I encourage you to investigate how ALA can assist you on your leadership journey.

Brett Andersen
General Manager Tax/Pacific National