This two day workshop will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of using case in point as an experiential method for facilitation, teaching, consulting and coaching. 

The workshop will combine didactic and experiential approaches and give participants the basic tools to begin to design and utilize case in point in their own practice. Short application sessions will allow skill-practice and feedback while debriefing methods will be used to assist “sense making” in group interactions and dynamics. These sessions will emphasize critical leadership and facilitation skills of observation, interpretation and intervention.


Case in Point is central to the teaching of adaptive leadership as it provides a means whereby learners experience the conditions that make exercising leadership challenging. The classroom, team or coaching session becomes a laboratory in which the actions and behaviors of the participants are a case study for a set of concepts and issues relating to leadership. These range from an individual’s use of power and relationship to authority and the systemic processes in groups that undermine effective adaptation and learning.


This workshop is suitable for leadership educators and facilitators, consultants and coaches who have had some exposure to Adaptive leadership, are familiar with the framework and want to deepen their skills in building and creating more dynamic, experiential learning in their own work.


The workshop facilitators are Michael Johnstone and Maxime Fern, two highly experienced Adaptive Leadership educators who have been instrumental over the past twenty years in systematizing the teaching of case in point to Adaptive practitioners internationally. Maxime and Michael partnered with Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky in the design and delivery of the Harvard Kennedy School’s “Art and Practice of Leadership Development” between 2000-2015. They built on the work of Sharon Daloz Parks in “ Leadership Can Be Taught” with their article (Case in Point: An Experiential Methodology), which codified the practice of Case in Point.

Dr. Michael Johnstone and Maxime Fern are psychologists, leadership educators, change consultants and executive coaches with a background in systemic family therapy. They have worked together for over thirty years with clients (public, private and not for profit) in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Dubai, Israel, UK, Italy, and the USA. They live in both Australia and Italy.


The workshop will take place in New York City on the 19th - 20th of of October 2019. 

The workshop will require a $2000 (or early bird/late bird) contribution per participant, plus food and accommodation costs. The funds will go to support the work of the Adaptive Leadership Network. The facilitation team is donating its time. 

This is not an introductory course. If you are not sure whether you qualify please email us at

Places are limited and we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. If your plans change, you will be refunded 80% of the registration fee if you notify us at least 4 weeks prior to the event at If you cancel after this time period no refunds will be issued. However, you may send a substitute with appropriate qualifications.

The early bird rate is $1800 (prior to 30th June 2019)
Standard rate is $2000 (prior to 31st August 2019)
Late bird rate is $2400 (after August 31st 2019)

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