Posted Apr 03, 2023 by Rick
AHC’s President Richard (“Rick”) Maher has been working with a select group of leaders from New Jersey’s workforce development system to build a more nimble and innovative organizational culture, and the early results are in!
Again, this month New Jersey’s GSETA Institute (the training arm of New Jersey’s Garden State Employment and Training Association), sponsored the leadership development workshop series he began in February.
The Disruption by Design Leadership Series, is a set of five workshops focused on what Maher calls the Six Traits of Agile Organizations designed to help leaders shape a workforce culture that can shift and be nimble through times of change and uncertainty.
“If you think the pace of change is overwhelming now, hang on. We’re never going to change this slow again,” says Maher. He has been working on the issues of disruptive change and how people and organizations can better cope with change for nearly 30 years. He believes that unless leaders and workers become more resilient and adaptable, many companies - perhaps entire industries – will be at risk for failure. (Think Blockbuster and venerable retailers like Sears.) “It’s urgent that we work on changing the mindset of the American workforce and develop the skills it takes to adapt quickly in response to chaos and uncertainty.” In other words, he wants leaders to decide that disruption will be baked into their business model: Maher calls it “Disruption by Design.”
The kick-off session focused on the power of vision and purpose in shaping culture and set the foundation for the Series. This month’s session, “Organizational Justice: Building Trust as a Leader,” explored how leaders can build trust relationships to help minimize worker resistance to change initiatives and build positive engagement.
The Series includes access to Adaptive Human Capital’s Individual Resiliency Assessment – a private, online, self-assessment that helps individuals better understand their natural response to change and uncertainty.
Early results are in – and here’s what participants have said:
The 5-part GSETA Series ends in a “capstone” session where leaders will apply their learning to a culture-shaping action plan they can implement in their own organizations. “We are determined to make this learning kinetic,” says Maher. “This Series is results-oriented and focuses on helping these folks make a difference for themselves, their workers and for the clients they serve.”
New Jersey workforce professionals can learn more about the Disruption by Design Series here. Organizations interested in building a more adaptive culture can learn more here, or contact us for a no-obligation consultation.