Webinar: Contemporary Leadership Practices for Building Adaptive Organizations

Building Adaptive Organizations
June 25, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Even before the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis, leaders struggled with increasing environmental volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. In response, they sought to improve business agility, hoping the ability to quickly adapt would equip their organizations to better manage emerging threats and fleeting opportunities.

Most agile business transformations fail, however. The result is close to a trillion dollars in failed transformations annually and far too many burned-out executives.

The failure of agile transformations stems, in a large part, from leaders’ application of traditional best practices to today’s new and fundamentally different challenges.  To succeed and thrive in the current environment, requires a new enterprise operating model and new set of leadership capabilities based on the principles of complex adaptive system.  

This interactive session with Dr. Dan Fisher and Dr. Steve Garcia from the Institute for Contemporary Leadership will show why traditional enterprise operating models are poorly suited to today’s reality, explain how complexity science offers a new path, present a new, more adaptive approach with a 3.7X success rate, and share the contemporary practices that leaders must adopt to succeed in the new and the next and how coaches can support them.

Presenters: Dan Fisher, PhD and Steve Garcia, EdD

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Dan Fisher is a consulting psychologist and co-founder of the Institute for Contemporary Leadership (ICL). He is also Managing Partner at Contemporary Leadership Advisors (CLA), where he serves as trusted advisor to C-Suite executives, boards, and investors. Dan has extensive experience assessing executives for both selection and development. In addition, he works with senior leadership teams to optimize team performance and align companies around vision, mission, and strategy. Prior to co-founding ICL and CLA, Dan was a founding member of AlixPartners’ Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness practice, where he served on the Senior Leadership Team, and was co-founder and Managing Partner at Fisher Rock Consulting.

Dan completed postdoctoral studies and was a faculty member at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego. In addition to being a past board president of the Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology, Dan is an active member in the American Psychological Association’s Society of Consulting Psychology and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences.

Steve Garcia is co-founder of the Institute for Contemporary Leadership (ICL) and Managing Partner at Contemporary Leadership Advisors (CLA), where he works with clients at the intersection of technology and organizational effectiveness. Prior to co-founding ICL and CLA, he served on the Senior Leadership Team in AlixPartners Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness practice and was the Partner in charge of Human Capital Consulting at Philosophy IB (since acquired by Heidrick & Struggles). At Philosophy IB, Steve built the firm’s first predictive people analytics applications, one of which, SYNAPP, was accepted into DreamIt Venture’s selective Accelerator Program. Previously, Steve was Head of Product Marketing for Nortel Networks’ digital switching, optical Ethernet, and voice-over-IP portfolios and worked on Capitol Hill for the U.S. Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment.

Steve received his M.B.A. from The University of Virginia and his Ed.D. in Adult Learning from N.C. State University where his research focused on how organizational networks affect learning, change and innovation. Steve is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters and a frequent presenter at professional conferences.