Session- Action Learning in Adaptive Leadership Networks: Expanding Beyond the Technical Mind


Individually, organizationally, and as a society, we tend to favor technical approaches rather than more integrated perspectives and practices that offer greater choice and flexibility. This pattern ignores the dynamic of outcomes emerging from interactions among all of these realities, and hampers our ability to act effectively to build the adaptive networks of trust responsive to the challenges of today’s VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment.  


How can we as coaches use action learning to help leaders bridge from a technical mind seeking certainty and stability to a more complex understanding of the world that allows them to collaborate across conventional boundaries, more comfortably embrace ambiguity and leverage emerging possibilities?  Why is such development important for individuals, teams, organizations, and societies at this time? What are the key capabilities required to support this level of awareness and such a shift in orientation, and how can action learning be facilitated to powerfully cultivate them?


Join Mary Stacey and Sandra Martinez for this interactive workshop as they draw on their work in the challenging environments of global biotechnology and security, and bring their experience facilitating this shift in perspective at all levels of scale. They will highlight what they have found to be critical elements in our understanding of such development, and share some of the frameworks and processes that have proven powerful in their work. Leave the workshop with fresh insight and approaches that can help clients who are seeking to expand their capacity toward greater effectiveness.


Sandra M. Martinez, Ph.D., Mary Stacey, MA

Sandra M. Martínez, Ph.D., is the founder and President of Fénix Leadership & Development LLC, which offers executive coaching and design and delivery of workshops and programs for leaders in the public and private sector.  She serves as an executive coach and adjunct lecturer through the George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL) and the Elliott School’s National Security Studies Program.  She is associated with the Center for Creative Leadership as an executive coach.  Her work is influenced by the confluence of adult stage development, emergent leadership and complexity studies, and action inquiry.  Since serving on the faculty of the US Army War College, she has advocated for the adoption of a developmental perspective to transform the education and development of national security leaders.  Martinez has worked and published extensively internationally and cross-culturally, particularly with the theoretical framework and application of adult stage development to effective leadership in complex environments.   Dr. Martinez served as a lecturer with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was associated as a researcher with the GLOBE project.  She is certified to administer, code, and debrief the Leadership Maturity Assessment (LMA or MAP), as well as to administer and debrief the Leadership Circle 360, the Center for Creative Leadership’s Benchmarks and Leading Managers 360.  Sandra enjoys playing the piano, having earned a B.A. in Music from Colorado Women’s College.  She received a Master’s Degree (with distinction) in International Management and Ibero-American Studies at the University of New Mexico and a doctoral degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University.