Current events are showing us clearly what we already knew instinctively: the world is much more uncertain and complex than we’d like it to be. As humans, we’re wired to predict and to be in control, but when we are faced with challenges that are by their very nature unpredictable and less than fully controllable, our usual instincts may not give us the usual results. This can be dissatisfying and exhausting.
Complexity fitness offers a way to increase our capacity to be with the hard stuff, find more joy and ease even when we don’t have a grand master plan, and embrace complexity as an opportunity for growth. In this video, Patrice and Carolyn will give you a taste of what is possible when taking up new practices that strengthen our cognitive, somatic, emotional, and relational capacity.
When your team is dealing with complex challenges then you need to run your meetings differently from the normal approach. In complexity there are so many variables that there is no right answer to be found. How do you run a meeting that is exploratory and still makes progress on the challenges you face? Keith Johnston has some suggestions to make in this short video.
There is a lot out there about how to be in a virtual meeting but much less about the challenge of running virtual meetings well. Keith Johnston has been leading these meetings for years and he describes the key points he has learnt along the way
With a little help from Jacinda Ardern, Keith explores the complexity concepts of self-organisation and basins of attraction, how the Old Boys Network organises itself to stay the same, and he ends up left holding the baby rather than a vegan biker’s burger.
In this video Jennifer describes a process to get to the bottom of the issue when people are stuck, by asking a series of carefully crafted questions.
Jennifer describes the stages of Adult Development, from the magical mind of the child through to the transformational stage. For a full exploration of these Adult Development stages read Jennifer's book Changing on the Job: Developing leaders for a complex world, available through Amazon.
In the 3rd of our animations on complex systems Emperor Keithius explores how the boundaries we create shape our thinking on complex challenges and the decisions we make about them.
Brilliant footage that will excite your curiosity about leading in complexity.
In which Keith gets jammed in heavy traffic. He uses this and organisational examples to explain how in complexity it is the relationships between elements that create the character of the system. No 2. in his series on complex adaptive systems.
Keith shares with us how liberating it is to accept complexity, and lead from a different perspective. The first in a series on the elements of complex systems.
Crafting experiments to nudge your system to a better place can be counter-intuitive—and fun.
This simple approach—with these powerful questions—can literally transform the way your team thinks and learns together. It also opens up great new possibilities for experimentation and creativity.
Secrets for rallying people to a cause even when no one can know quite where the path might lead.
Jennifer talks about the wisdom we can gain when we take multiple perspectives.
Jennifer talks about the simple habit of asking different questions to discover new possibilities.
Jennifer talks with teachers about the complexities in the education arena and how the Cynefin framework and three simple habits can help.
Keith dances us through the habit of seeing systems.
Jennifer introduces us to the Cynefin framework - a simple and powerful tool for complex times.
Jennifer talks about the power of Listening to Learn, compared with listening for other outcomes.
Jennifer and her buddy "Brain" discuss using threats as tools.
In this playful video, Jennifer Garvey Berger and Keith Johnston let you in on three seriously powerful habits of mind that will help you thrive in complexity (from their book, Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders).
Jennifer speaks at Mobius about how recognising our own growth and change over time helps us connect with clients, shape organisations and live our own best lives.
Zafer speaks at Mobius about moving from a position of fighting complexity to finding complexity liberating, with a lovely reference to the power of prayer.
Keith's playful 60th birthday celebration message to friends and family
Jennifer and Keith at their Keynote for the Leadership Circle Australasia conference, 2015
At the Leadership Circle Australasia conference in 2012, Jennifer talks about the forms of mind of leaders and how they grow and change over time.
How does life change when we leave behind the initial fascination of reading about theories of adult development to learning how to actually assess stage development in conversations with the people around us? Cultivating Leadership partners Jennifer Garvey Berger and Carolyn Coughlin interview Where Genius Grows host Gideon Culman about his experience undergoing their Growth Edge Coaching certification program.
Shane from the Farnam Street podcast interviews Jennifer. They explore some of the methods Jennifer uses to help individuals, in a world that changes at a dizzying rate, to develop the skills to keep up, become better listeners, better learners, and better leaders.
In this episode adult development expert Jennifer Garvey Berger explains the different stages, how they impact leadership styles and why it’s important to be able to recognize them for effective coaching to take place.
Parker Mitchell and Jennifer Parker and Jennifer delve into mind traps; the ways in which people make oversimplified assumptions about the world around them, which is the subject of Jennifer’s upcoming book.
Gideon Culman interviews Jennifer for his podcast Where Genius Grows, in this conversation they discuss about what we can do to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex world by actively developing sufficiently complex habits of mind.
Carolyn features on the podcast Role Models that captures and shares the stories from women they look up to. In this episode Carolyn expands on both of these principles and shows us how we can all create a “self-authored” leadership voice that moves us away from reinforcing feedback loops that could potentially be holding us back. It also touch on topics including:
Why the key to deep listening is curiosity
Why we need to ask different (not better) questions of ourselves
How we can all escape reinforcing feedback loops
Why we’re so hard on our leaders!
Joel Monk (Coaches Rising) and Jennifer take a deep dive into the essential aptitudes of modern leadership, Jennifer explains the self-authoring stage of mind that most leaders are at, and how to help them transition to the self-transforming stage that their organisations (and the world) need them to grow into.
Jennifer and Marcia Hyatt of the Best of Ourselves podcast
Carolyn is a guest on Next Fem, hosted by Tara Padua, who introduces the topic as follows:
Adult development is a fairly new field of study that is providing a ton of insight in terms of how we continue to develop as we move through adulthood. My guest today is Carolyn Coughlin, a very accomplished woman who has studied extensively in the realm of adult development. She applies what she’s learned to the coaching and consulting she does as well as in her own life as the mother of two daughters. In this conversation, we discuss what adult development is, how it is significant in understanding our own growth, and how coaches, leaders, and women, in general, can use the understanding of A.D. to facilitate teamwork, hope, and growth in their own lives. It’s a great conversation so I hope you’ll join us.
Join Carolyn and Joel Monk in a conversation about language patterns and the difference between skills and sensemaking.
Jennifer speaks with Joel Monk about development. We all understand that children have development phases, and Jennifer describes the stages of adult development, and how valuable it is for coaches and leaders to understand these stages that explain why people behave the way they do, and how we can help them become unstuck.
Jennifer and Bob muse about leadership and development, what the world needs from leaders right now, and how to get it.
Jennifer and Beth talk about leadership and adult development --how do we grow the leaders we need?
Jennifer and Amiel talk about leading in complex times and the habits that help.
Jennifer and Amiel muse about the way adults grow and change over time and what that means for leading in a complex world.
Joel Monk interviews Jennifer and Bob about the challenges and opportunities in the current leadership landscape.