Complexity requires adaptive leaders, skilled at different styles of leadership to address different contexts, as well as lateral and systems thinking.
Visioning, Strategy and Operations
Successful organizations and multi-stakeholder initiatives identify, optimize and amplify strengths, while actively learning and innovating on weaknesses and transforming threats into opportunities to achieve their aspirations and results.
Change and Adaptation
Understanding the implications of change across all four frames of organizational life — structural, human resources, political and symbolic — supports success. Fostering a culture of ongoing adaptation unleashes individual and collective growth and resilience.
How diverse, relevant stakeholders — from staff, customers, members, clients, partners, funders, different sectors (e.g. corporate, non-profit, faith-based), media, the public — are effectively identified and engaged is a major factor for success in complex social change.
Establishing credible, trusted relationships with key stakeholders, strategic sequencing of tactics, cross-sectoral mobilization on evidence-based policy change through the application of long-term approaches like Collective Impact — all of these are crucial to successfully transform complex problems.
A Collective Impact-inspired concept, backbone support provides ongoing facilitation, operationalization, communications, and advocacy support for multi-stakeholder initiatives aiming to change complex problems.
Influencing key decision-makers to act on the evidence-base required for change is the core of knowledge mobilization. Communications, educational fora, media, social media, stakeholder engagement strategies, and more can all come to play.