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Managing Self and Exercising Leadership in Challenging Times - Patty Clark
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Managing Self and Exercising Leadership in Challenging Times
Patty Clark, Kansas Leadership Center
Kansas Leadership Center
Non-Profit 501-c-3 established as a school/educational institution
Founded in 2007 with a grant from Kansas Health Foundation
Dedicated to improving the health of Kansas through enhanced civic
Leadership Framework – Adaptive vs. Technical
Adaptive vs. Technical –
Stakes are high – and there are no easy answers
It’s messy with lots of complexity
It can’t be solved by one “expert”
The problem and the solution require learning
Adaptive challenges must be addressed by the very
people affected by the problem
Adaptive challenges require a lot of curiosity and
Self-awareness and a willingness to do things
differently are at the core of Manage Self.
It's about making progress that requires taking
risks and stepping outside your comfort zone for
the sake of something you care about
Getting Used to Uncertainty and Conflict
Stakes are high
Unknowns outnumber knowns
That causes discomfort and the perception of future loss
We tend to settle things quickly just to get away from the
uncertainty and the conflict
How Do You Handle Uncertainty
Stay grounded in your purpose
Treat every situation as an opportunity to learn
Don’t put a time stamp on progress
Be smart about what you ask of others
How Do I Engage Conflict?
If something is on your mind, say it
Resist the urge to keep everyone happy
Resist the urge to play the peacemaker
If you feel yourself taking something personally, don’t
Get really curious about other points of view
Reflect On These Questions
What will be difficult?
What support do I need?
Who will be disappointed?
How will I keep from taking things personally?
What makes it worth it?
What are values?
And what does it look like
when they compete?
How Do I Choose Between Competing
Articulate the values at play
Once in awhile, acknowledge that your own values may be
Embrace your contradictions
How Can We Be More Conscious?
Reflect in writing
Ask yourself – “Why did I think I did what I just did?”
For 10 days – log how you spend your time
Ask someone who works with you