Monday, February 2, 2009

The Difference Between Adaptive and Technical Challenges

Can we distinguish between Technical and Adaptive Challenges? Heifetz & Linsky explain the difference and what it means for us. There is a great website that applies these ideas to creating adaptive leadership to create system change. I've reframed these in strengths based language. The primary difference is that:

* Technical Challenges- We know how to address these - they are mechanical, a technical approach works.

* Adaptive Challenges- Require learning and changing people’s hearts and minds. Most social issues are adaptive challenges.

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