In the last week, I’ve heard so many people asking powerful questions, tough questions, and questions without easy answers.
- At the World Climate Summit….How can we as a global community curb carbon emissions?
- Are we safe in San Bernadino? Are we safe in my neighborhood?
- How will we as a nation respond to the thousands of refugees seeking refuge?
- How can we build trust in our community? organization?
These big, challenging questions are not going to come with quick, easy solutions. We want to implement “technical solutions” but the reality is these challenges are what Ron Heifetz calls “adaptive challenges”. Technical difficulties are often those quick fix issues that can be solved by one person. Adaptive challenges require a change in values, require the minds and ideas of many people, and are slow to implement. [Read more…]