Adaptive Leadership: Driving Transformation and an Adaptive Culture

  • Adaptive Leadership: Leading an Agile Workforce for the 21st Century

  • February 25-27, 2019

  • Kuching, Malaysia

  • Rate: RM3,300 (Early Rate), RM3,500 (Regular Rate / Late Registrations after Feb 15th)

  • Senior Leaders

  • +06082 451221

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Content Overview

This leadership program is designed to help senior-level working professionals develop their capacity to exercise adaptive leadership as well as design transformation within a workplace. Using the Adaptive Leadership framework taught at professional graduate schools at Harvard, such as Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, as well as Design Thinking mindsets and toolkits, taught and practiced at the Stanford Design School – participants will learn to exercise leadership in a way that generates value across different sectors and disciplines; gain critical skills for solving complex organizational problems; think deeply and broadly about their position of influence; and the impact their decisions may have on themselves, their organization, and external stakeholders. By the end of the program, participants will learn to interpret the dynamics of power and progress, and respond constructively and proactively towards driving transformation and building an adaptive culture.


The program aims to introduce participants to a framework of thinking and decision making that would allow them to engage in the complex and challenging tasks encountered in the process of transformation and renewal in their teams, departments, and companies. Participants will develop an Adaptive Leadership toolkit that provides methods of stakeholder mapping, interventions, and strategic communication techniques that help reveal the problem, garner perspectives, gain insights, and help inculcate an adaptive culture. The program also helps participants develop guidelines to approach complex activities by analyzing challenges and dilemmas that have been faced by peers in similar situations around the globe as illustrated in the case studies of Harvard University.


Participants will engage in plenary sessions, interactive workshops, and case discussions with Teaching Fellows from Harvard University and other world-leading institutions. It also serves as a forum of small group discussion by participants in discussing some of the challenges they are facing (or have faced).

Who Should Attend

This program is ideal for working professionals in decision-making roles, government officials, community leaders, and entrepreneurs

Key Benefits

Through the program, participants will:

  • Learn to orchestrate a process of adaptive change and creative problem solving in times of uncertainty
  • Engage in a process that allows one to identify personal barriers to change and a method to overcome them
  • Gain a toolkit of skills to gain insights, solve problems, and instil a disciplined collaborative ecosystem
  • Learn how to manage competing stakeholders and the losses associated with change
  • Learn how to use creativity, power, and authority to mobilize teams
  • Create the framework of a plan for how to put the concepts learned into action
  • Develop strategies for using one’s character to building value-add relationships within their organization
  • Create a personalized leadership action plan to make them more effective and accountable at work
Teaching Faculty

Samuel Kim

Samuel is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership. Passionate about nurturing and empowering talents in Asia, he has been actively engaging various stakeholders in developing and running over 42 programs annually in more than 27 countries in Asia to help emerging leaders explore opportunities to be socially responsible in facing the region’s complex challenges. Samuel oversees them, along with a team of 36 comprising Faculty and Teaching Fellows from Harvard and Stanford University, and administrators at the main office in Boston, U.S., and the Asian regional hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Manila, and Tokyo.. Prior to establishing the Center, Samuel worked for 14 years in varying sectors from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics, and government. He served as a Visiting Fellow at the Asia Center at Harvard University and at the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and completed his undergraduate studies in law and political science.

Helen van Baal

Helen van Baal is a strategic designer, educator, and design thinking expert. Helen has taught design in several countries across Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. She has previously served as the Program Lead at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) School of Design Thinking in Germany where she designed, managed and co-led the academic education in Design Thinking as well as supported student teams in developing innovative ideas and founding successful start-ups. Apart from her work at HPI, Helen has worked as an designer and innovation consultant with large corporations, non-profits, start-ups and consultancies within various industries (i.a. banking, education, automotive, digital and product design), teaching, consulting and designing globally (Europe, Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia). Originally from Germany, Helen holds an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, an M.Sc. from Imperial College London, and has worked as a lecturer and coach at the Stanford d.School, University of Cape Town d.School, Keio University, and Beijing Normal University. At the core of her work is the belief in empathy as the basis for good design and the dedication to creating value through design.

Umar Shavurov

Umar Shavurov holds a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and MA in International Relations and Conflict Resolution from the University of Salvador (Argentina). He also holds Diploma in International Relations from the Kyrgyz State University. He worked extensively over the last decade internationally on public sector reforms in Latin America, West Africa, and Central Asia. During 2017 fall term Umar taught an inaugural course on adaptive leadership at the American University in Central Asia.

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