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Visit our Member Directory to connect with like-minded practitioners, teachers and trainers. 

Leadership Circles

Here is how it works, members who are facing a thorny adaptive challenge can apply to become Senior Leadership Fellows and receive coaching and support. Other members volunteer to serve on their Leadership Circles by committing to five 90 minute peer consulting sessions over a six month period. We will work to match Fellows with a small and diverse group of peers. 

Video Library

Visit our video library of short and long videos and webinars. Although it is only in its infancy we already have some great insights from Professor Ron Heifetz, Professor Dean Williams, Professor Hugh O'Doherty, Prime Minister George Papandreou, and Governor Jennifer Granholm, amongst others. 

Peer educator support group

The Peer Educator's Support Group is a group for leadership educators in universities, professional schools, and secondary education. Each cohort includes those who have begun to teach leadership in an academic setting in the last 3 years, and those who will offer a course for the first time. Find out more here.

On demand video refresher

We are pleased to be able to continue to share with you our special Member-Only refresher course in the Adaptive Leadership Framework.


You can find opportunities related to leadership here. Feel free to post your own!



  • Member Hosted: Monthly Adaptive Leadership Dinner in NYC

    Happy 2019. It is hard to believe that we are entering our 4th year of monthly dinners with the Adaptive Leadership group here in NYC. We are incredibly grateful for all members who have been so generous in presenting cases, opening up your apartments & workplaces to host, and engaging in thought-provoking conversations. Here's to another great year, where we look forward to seeing both old and new faces at our dinners.

  • Refresher

    • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 06:00 PM – December 27, 2019
    • Adaptive Leadership Website

    We are pleased to be able to continue to share with you our special Member-Only refresher course in the Adaptive Leadership Framework.

    The course will consist of six 50 minute long videos shot in the classroom with Professor Ron Heifetz.  

    Course run: 2019 calendar year

    The videos will be available until the end of 2019.

    Copyright & Technical Matters

    The videos will be hosted on the Adaptive Leadership Network website and will be available for streaming only. You will be able to watch them on your computer, smart phone or iPad as many times as you like during the period of the course run. Please note that due to copyright restrictions the videos are only for personal viewing and may not be shared, copied or used for business purposes. The videos will only be available for viewing during the period of the course run. Note the videos were originally shot by a Japanese production company and retain some Japanese subtitles.


    This course will be run by donation. The recommended donation for established career members is $500 or 6 monthly payments of less than $84. A discounted donation for early career members is $300 or 6 monthly payments of $50 if the recommended donation would be a hardship. To pay through a series of installments click here. If you require further accommodations please reach out to hello@adaptive-leadership.net.


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  • 8 Sessions: Wednesdays, Oct 23, 30, Nov 13, 20, Dec 4, 11, 18, 2019; Jan 8, 2020 

    Mode of Participation: Option of participating remotely through Zoom or in person at BPSI

    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

    Location: BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459 

    Schedule: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Discussion of theory & applications; 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm: Reflections on Group Process 

    Registration Linkhttps://connect.bpsi.org/ASP-19-20-ROLE



    As we engage with groups and organizations in our work and personal lives, we encounter challenges and dilemmas in our individual organizational roles, and we experience varying degrees of organizational dysfunction. In this seminar, experienced group relations consultants will discuss readings and present specific cases to help us: 

    • Enhance creativity, effectiveness, and authority in our individual roles
    • Develop more satisfying links with the institutional/organizational mission
    • Contribute to improved organizational functioning.

    This course is open to students who have taken the theory course (Enhancing Leadership in Organizations) or have participated in a Group Relations Conference, or who are familiar with systems psychodynamics through other pathways. Please contact the instructors if you have questions regarding eligibility.

    James Barron, PhD

    Chair, Board of Trustees; Faculty, Psychoanalytic Training, Fellowship, and Explorations in Mind programs, BPSI; Chair, Section of the Psychoanalyst in the Community, Dept. of Psychoanalytic Education, American Psychoanalytic Association; Former faculty, The Levinson Institute for Executive Education, and Dir. of Exec. Education for Innosight; Private practice, Brookline, MA.

    Harry Spence, JD

    Trustee Member, BPSI; Former Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Doctor of Education Leadership Program; Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Deputy Chancellor, New York City School System; Receiver, City of Chelsea; Receiver, Boston Housing Authority; Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Social Services; Court Administrator, Massachusetts Trial Court, and other public and private sector leadership positions; long-time staff member for group relations conferences.

    Program Administrator

    Lauren Lukason: llukason@bpsi.org

    Program Co-Chairs

    Holly Housman, LICSW: holly@housman.org

    Chris Lovett, PhD: cglovett44@gmail.com

    This course is open to participants from multiple disciplines including scholars, clinicians, management consultants, and organizational leaders and practitioners. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.

    Learning Objectives

    At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

    1. Discuss experience in role as an access point to institutional interpretation;
    2. Explain how psychodynamic developmental perspectives apply in organizational role consultation;
    3. Analyze a particular dilemma faced by leaders and what it reveals about the nature of Institutional integrity;
    4. Apply systems psychodynamics perspective to highlight two factors in the evolution of gender politics in today’s organizations;
    5. Describe salient social defenses in post-industrial and information age organizations;
    6. Describe how speaking from experience in role in a group context is a form of leadership;
    7. Analyze opportunities for, and limits to, the use of one’s authority to reach desired organizational objectives;
    8. Describe how experiences of roles in the seminar have implications for action in their organizational roles.

    Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.

    FEE: $300 Early Bird (use code: EB2019ASP1); $375Regular (through 10/1/2019)

    The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.

  • 2019 Gathering

    • Friday, October 25, 2019 at 04:00 PM – October 27, 2019
    • Lord Baltimore Hotel

    2019 Gathering

    25-27 October, Baltimore

    Are you eager to augment your practice?


    RiPPLES is the theme we have chosen for the 2019 Adaptive Leadership Network Gathering. Not a traditional conference but a new kind of community gathering for Adaptive Leadership Practitioners who crave augmenting their practice and helping others do the same.

    Conceived as an immersive experience, this gathering will unfold inside a space that resembles more a modern ‘Lab’ than a congress center.

    We’ll work together in mixed groups that will offer each of us the opportunity to be teacher-learners with old and new colleagues; we’ll share perspectives in an unusual plenary space. We’ll discuss, explore, test new ideas and possibilities. And, as in previous years, we will also learn from remarkable practitioners whose work we admire, whose impact is creating relevant and visible ripples. They will share their experience and insights during the plenary sessions – and they will also work with us. And yes: Ron will be with us for the whole gathering, and will work with us, too.


    Our Balcony, Y(Our)Practice


    For this meeting – the first one of this kind for us – we will get on the balcony during three immersive-active-intense days in a retreat-like experience. We will inhabit a different kind of physical space, and create a different kind of social, intellectual and emotional space. We will work together, reflect together, explore together, learn together, break bread together.

    Our purpose — augmenting the individual and collective practice — requires all of the above.

    This gathering has been conceived for those who crave spending three days on the balcony to reflect on their practice, prepare for their next challenges, re-organize their approach to the difficult work ahead, learn about others’ perspectives, different ways of thinking, new ways of doing. We will do this together with Ron, fellow members of our community, and some of the most advanced practitioners in our network .




    We want our 2019 community gathering to be a social and intellectual space where we can help each other to develop, transform, enhance, and renew our practice.

    Because of the purpose and new format, we have a limited number of available spots: only 150 people can join us.

    It won’t resemble a conference, a seminar, or a traditional workshop. There won't be any podium, PowerPoint presentations, speeches. There won’t be any passive observers either: everyone will be an active participant – a teacher and a learner. One hundred and fifty teachers and learners, willing to augment their practice.

    If you intend to be one of us, sign up immediately.



    As we are experimenting with both design and pricing structure, we are eager to make this gathering as diverse as possible while maintaining the cost at an affordable level. This is why we are proposing a tiered conference ticket pricing model*.

    A limited number of scholarships will be offered to ALN members. 

    If you can, you also have the possibility to sponsor some of these scholarships by paying a Patron Fee of $1,500.

    MEMBERS (Membership must be up-to-date on the date of the event)

    • $200 Scholarship Fee (15 spots available)
    • $400 Early Career Fee (45 spots available)
    • $1000 Standard Fee (85 spots available)
    • $1500 Patron Fee - Sponsor a scholarship @ 500 

    Early birds will benefit from a 10% discount until April 30th.

    Prices increase after October 4th!

    Become a member here

    Click here to sponsor the conference!

    *The registration fee includes meals.

    If your plans change, you will be refunded 80% of the registration fee if you notify us at least 8 weeks prior to the event at hello@adaptive-leadership.net. If you cancel after this time period no refunds will be issued. However, you may send a substitute with appropriate qualifications.

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    Lord Baltimore Hotel
    20 W Baltimore St
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    We are pleased to share with you the code for reserving the special room rate at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. To book the special room rate for our group you must book before October 10, 2019. You may call the Toll Free Reservations at 855.539.1928 and ask for the group id “1910ADAPTI” or “Adaptive Leadership Network” rate when making the reservation. You may also go to the Lord Baltimore Hotel website and click on reservations and enter the group ID “1910ADAPTI” in order to get the special room rate for our group.


    Friday, October 25 - 4 PM to after dinner

    Saturday, October 26 - 8:30 AM to after dinner

    Sunday, October 27 - 8:30 AM to 1 PM

    A last community meal is planned from 1 PM to 2 PM for those who don’t have to rush to the airport.


    Participation should be planned for the entire duration of the event, without exceptions: late arrivals and early departures are highly disruptive for the individual experience and also the collective one.


    Mobile phones, smart phones and laptops will be switched off during the sessions. “100% presence and focus” are essential for this kind of experience, and above all for the capacity of “being on the balcony.”


    Dress code is simple: we recommend very comfortable shoes and informal attire. There won’t be any fire-walking, but everyone will spend little time just sitting on chairs.


    Lunches and dinners will be dedicated to work-related matters and will be served inside the space.


    You must be a member and logged in to register below!

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