I will be instructing "Exercising Leadership to Facilitate Adaptive Change" from the National Fire Administration's Executive Skills Series, in Georgia and Colorado in May.
A key element of the course is that change happens to us all of the time, whether we like it or not, but Adaptive Change happens when people believe in and support the change (maybe for the betterment of their organization or community).
Adaptive Change is hard to accomplish because there is usually no standard or known way to implement it, it requires good leadership techniques to work with others to be a part of the change process. Once a leader and team agree on why and how the change is needed, it takes vision and the ability to communicate it clearly and specifically to implement Adaptive Change -- a leader who can see the forest from the trees and helps others to do so.
This is a good idea for every-day use -- when we are struggling with small issues, stop and take a big picture perspective on your situation, look at it from a different angle, and you might help yourself and your team work through the issue and move forward!