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Leading Ambidextrous,
Agile & Aligned Teams

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This program ‘Leading Ambidextrous, Agile & Aligned Teams’ consists of the following modules:


Identifying Paradoxical Innovation Orientations in Teams

Why navigating PIOs is important for change management in teams


Ambidextrous Leadership
Supporting polar orientations in Teams

How to develop Ambidextrous, Agile & Aligned teams


Sensemaking & Strategic

The importance of senior teams sensemaking for strategic alignment

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KEY WORDS: Change Management, Paradox Theory, Sense Making, Strategic Alignment

These sessions explore how leaders can identify and make sense of the paradoxical tension in teams. The aim is to ensure teams become more ambidextrous, agile and aligned. This ensures any tension can be used to pull a team forwards constructively, rather than ripping them apart. In the session a path is charted to help leaders identify and assess their own and the team’s alignment, ensuring long term sustainable development.

Dr Gaia Grant’s latest research reveals how understanding ‘Paradoxical Innovation Orientations’ (PIOs) and applying the ‘Polar Positioning Tool’ (PoP) at the individual, team and organisation levels can assist with fuelling innovation and sustainable growth. In this program participants learn how to manage the dynamic tension between the principles of exploration; for breakthrough new innovation ideas, and preservation; for incremental continuous improvement. They learn how to lead teams to ensure they are propelled forward rather than ripped apart by the creative tension. Through this process participants come to appreciate the importance of developing future-ready leaders.

Drawing from her research with thousands of survey responses, multiple interviews with global executives and deep dive case study immersions – along with fascinating case studies from her consulting work with organisations over 30 years – these sessions reveal how leaders can foster sustainable development.



What it means to be an ambidextrous innovation leader. For sustainable development in a rapid change world



Creating agile leadership teams. How shared leadership models can better manage the ambiguities of innovation and growth



Leadership alignment. Dealing with competing demands through an integrated shared purpose