More than ever, we must adapt quickly to changing circumstances. If we’re adaptive thinkers, with the skills to solve complex problems and create innovative, sustainable solutions, we can transform both our personal and professional lives. When people learn how to develop more flexible mindsets, organisations are able to operate with more agility too. And organisational agility enables rapid and sustainable reconfiguration of strategy, structure, process, culture and technology to meet challenging demands in complex and often volatile market environments.
Learn how you can adapt your mindset to influence organisational agility with this course, delivered in partnership between Tech Futures Lab and the Institute for Social Sustainability.
Founded in research
In a recent survey conducted by the Institute for Social Sustainability, an overwhelming number of respondents agreed that a more flexible and adaptive mindset would be of value to them, or to others in their organisation.
said it would improve their ability to work with constant change and increasing levels of complexity.
said it would help in solving complex challenges and problems.
said it would enable them to become more innovative and productive.
Disrupting the cycle
When we see a problem or want to improve something, we typically think of a solution, execute it, and things do change. But sooner or later the status quo kicks in and we begin to realise that the things we thought had changed, haven’t really changed at all.
This is because the underlying and systemic patterns of human behaviour are considerably more powerful than any interventions we put in place.
This course aims to disrupt those underlying patterns by targeting the most fundamental determinant of an organisation’s ability to adapt. People.
Discover how to have a more adaptive, resilient mindset.
Using the latest advances in the human sciences, technology and business, you will learn how to evolve the way you think and behave in order to sustainably adapt, innovate and thrive in rapidly changing workplace and social contexts.
The outcome of 5 years of research and development with New Zealand businesses, this is an NZQA micro-credential, Level 7 accredited and delivered in partnership between The Institute for Social Sustainability and Tech Futures Lab.
In this course you will:
Understand the latest insights in psychology and build the skills needed to plot a road-map on how to change the way you, and others, think and act.
Learn to apply proven methods and processes that create and support organisational agility.
Build the capability to lead differently and navigate through complex situations.
Discover the latest research gathered from New Zealand and global businesses that highlights why personal and organisational agility are so important in today’s dynamic marketplace.
A micro-credential is an NZQA approved education programme, designed to meet industry needs as a stand-alone course. On completion, this micro-credential will earn you 15 credits.
What you’ll learn
Identify internal human processes related to language, emotion and thought.
Understand external processes related to behaviour, relationships and changing environments.
Connect these two dynamics to understand and work with processes that foster agile human behaviour.
and flexible perspective-taking
Learn to recognise how your own perspective influences decision making.
Gain the ability to see from and empathise with different perspectives.
Learn how to assimilate all these varying viewpoints to minimise poor quality decision making and maximise the chances of high quality sustainable outcomes.
Learn methods to untangle and make sense of complex problems, particularly those that are further complicated by uncertain and ambiguous environments.
Gain the capacity and skills to lead others through changing and challenging times.
The agility capability gap
100% of the respondents to the Organisational Agility survey said:
Leadership agility is ‘highly-important’ in today’s fast-changing business world.
Yet over half of those respondents rated the leaders in their own organisations as only ‘somewhat flexible’.
Who is this course for?
People in positions of leadership or influence in business or the community.
Professionals seeking to develop mental and emotional agility.
Agile practitioners who want to take their Agile practices and capabilities to the next level.
Professionals wanting to influence their leaders to adopt these skills and harness opportunity.
Professionals working in rapidly changing environments.
People looking for a career shift or to move into leadership roles.
HR professionals and coaches.
Level up with your Agile peers
The Agile Practitioner programme focuses on learning, as David Dame says, ‘the art of solving complex human problems’. It is for people already working and practicing Agile methods in their everyday role and who are ready to take their personal and professional practice to the next level. If you're an Agile practitioner, this is a great opportunity to connect with other Agile practitioners in a learning environment that is fully supportive of your goals. It's also a fantastic forum to discuss common hurdles and share and learn from other practitioners.
People always ask me if Agile is just for software. Saying Agile is just about software is like saying software is just about science. Initially, computer science was about replacing manual processes. Now, it’s about creating human experiences. Building human experiences needs to extend beyond science alone. It’s an art that requires us to solve complex human behavioural problems. Art requires creativity, and creativity is exponentially higher when combined with collaboration and social learning. Scrum teams help us unleash our collective creativity by forcing the team to constantly identify new problems and multiple solutions to those problems.
David Dame, Scrum.org
The learning approach
The course is structured to teach and guide participants through weekly scheduled class sessions but also requires a high degree of hands-on ‘guided self-paced study’. This means that each week a learning focus will be set for all participants to explore, review or evolve during their own time. It is a highly guided, supported experience.
The approach encourages participants to develop their own critical review skills, their own perspectives and strategies to apply the learning outcomes in their context.
The culmination of the course is an applied portfolio of work that captures your development journey and demonstrates your new knowledge and agility skill set.
The content covered on this programme is applicable to anyone looking to develop mental, emotional and behavioural agility in any type of organisational environment or role. Throughout the programme, those who already work with Agile processes and frameworks will be exploring ways of applying these skills to their Agile practices while all other participants will be focusing on their own personal and workplace contexts.
Scheduled live-online sessions: 1.5 hours per week.
Guided self-paced learning: c.9.5 hours per week.
Weekly class sessions: 4.30pm - 6pm
Micro-credential, Level 7, 15 credits
Next course start date
Dates for our 2021 intakes are currently being planned. If you're interested, use the 'Enquire now' button below.
Classes are delivered live-online each week.
We use best-in-class digital collaboration tools and learning resources for a real-time learning experience that’s highly interactive and engaging.
$995 incl GST*
*Student Loans and allowances do not apply.
Get 25% off the full fees.
Designed for professionals but suitable for anyone who wants to develop an adaptive, flexible mindset.
We value industry and real-world experience as highly as an academic record. You’ll need to provide some references or CV/LinkedIn profile that demonstrates your experience.
A recognised Level 6 qualification (certificate or diploma) OR equivalent professional experience.
Open to domestic students only. Australian Citizens are eligible if they ordinarily reside in New Zealand.
Get more details on the programme.
Small business COVID-19 funding from Regional Business Partner Network (RBPN)
The Government has allocated an additional $40million in funding to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 Business Advisory Fund enables businesses to access expert advice and support and is being administered through RBPN.
Business owners can access up to $5000 excl. GST per business from the fund which can be used with a range of providers of registered services depending on business needs. It is 100% funding; no co-funding is required.
To access this funding you will need to meet the following criteria:
Have undergone an assessment with a Regional Business Partner growth advisor
Have fewer than 100 full time equivalent employees
Be registered for GST in New Zealand
Be operating in a commercial environment
Be a privately owned businesses, or a Maori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership.
The Organisational Agility programme has been approved for funding by RBPN so please contact us for more information on how to apply.
Learn with like minded thinkers
Two of the key values we uphold at Tech Futures Lab are collaboration and community. We believe that different perspectives and ideas are critical in creating outcomes that are inclusive and holistic.
When you choose to learn with us, you’re also choosing to join a community of like minded thinkers who share your enthusiasm to do things differently.
The Institute for Social Sustainability
This course has been developed by Dr Tresna Hunt and Brett Otegen (MBA), founders of The Institute for Social Sustainability, in collaboration with the Tech Futures Lab academic team. It has been designed based on extensive research with New Zealand businesses that identified current and future capability gaps in the workplace for responsive, agile work practices.
Your lead facilitators
(MBA International Management)
Co-founder, director of The Institute for Social Sustainability and Course Facilitator
Dr Tresna Hunt
Co-founder, director of The Institute for Social Sustainability and Programme Designer