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Monday, March 16 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Staff Recruitment, Development and Retention - Technical Problem or Adaptive Challenge?

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Recruiting, retaining and developing camp staff is a foundation to extra-ordinary camp experiences. And while we may think a lot of these practices are common sense and common practices, the ecosystem for camp staff and intern has been shifting significantly.
This session will help you explore your people challenges through an Adaptive Leadership lens and help you distinguish the more routine technical components from the more difficult adaptive parts of the problem that require new approaches and collective learning.
A thorough analysis enables you to generate a variety of interventions and solutions, and to apply them more effectively. We will also explore what it means to lead by ‘giving the work back’ to your community, rather than succumbing to the pressure to take it off their shoulders. It requires you to get on the balcony, see more and then help people to learn.
At the end of the session you will have
- Explored the distinction between technical problems with clear solutions and adaptive challenges with no obvious solution in the context of people challenges in your camp
- Diagnosed the different perspectives in the ecosystem through a systemic lens and
- Developed strategies to manage, and in some cases, instigate conflict as a way to produce new ideas and solutions

This session builds from the Adaptive Leadership framework developed at Harvard Kennedy School by Ronald Heifetz and his colleagues.

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Michael Koehler

CEO | Certified Executive Coach, KONU
Michael is the CEO of KONU. His leadership development work draws on his experience as an entrepreneur, professional dancer, and educator.Michael teaches leadership at NYU Wagner. He holds master's degrees in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School and in education from... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2020 4:00pm - 5:15pm PDT