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Leadership & Wicked Problems

Keith Grint (Presenter) Emeritus Professor, Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick and
Jonathan Reams (Moderator) Co-founder, European Center for Leadership Practice and Associate Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

When: Tuesday, 5 February 2019 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST (16:00 GMT)

Register: https://ila.memberclicks.net/ILA-Grint-Webinar

Cost: Free to ILA members; $29.95 for non-members

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Join Leadership guru Keith Grint, 2018 ILA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and dive into a typology of tame, wicked, and critical problems focused on analysis, understanding, and alternative approaches.

This webinar starts looking at the nature of change through a typology of Tame, Wicked, and Critical problems and uses this to address the problems that participants have been unable to resolve. It suggests we think about these different problems as the responsibility of Management, Leadership, and Command. Tame Problems can be solved through the Management of standard operating procedures and Critical Problems require decisive action on the part of the Commander. But Wicked Problems are either novel or recalcitrant and require a collaborative approach, facilitated by Leadership. The second stage looks at why we have such difficulties in addressing Wicked Problems as leaders (as defined here) because we traditionally associate Leadership with decisiveness and authoritative action – which is precisely the wrong approach to Wicked Problems, and can compound the difficulties rather than resolve them. Some alternative techniques are suggested in the third section.

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Speaker Biography

Keith Grint is Professor of Public Leadership at Warwick University. He spent 10 years working in various positions across a number of industry sectors before switching to an academic career. Amongst many jobs he has been an agricultural worker, a lifeguard, a postman, a freezer operative, and a karate instructor. Since becoming an academic he has held Chairs at Cranfield University and Lancaster University and was Director of the Lancaster Leadership Centre. He spent twelve years at Oxford University and was Director of Research at the Saïd Business School and Fellow in Organizational Behaviour, Templeton College. He remains an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy of Social Sciences. He received the ILA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Keith is a founding co-editor of the journal Leadership and founding co-organizer of the International Conference in Researching Leadership. He has written 45 journal articles and 46 book chapters. His books include Leadership (ed.) (1997); The Machine at Work: Technology, Work and Society, (with Steve Woolgar) (1997); The Arts of Leadership (2000); Organizational Leadership (with John Bratton and Debra Nelson); Leadership: Limits and Possibilities (2005); Leadership, Management & Command: Rethinking D-Day (2008); Sage Handbook of Leadership (edited with Alan Bryman, David Collinson, Brad Jackson and Mary Uhl-Bien) (2010); The Public Leadership Challenge (edited with Stephen Brookes) (2010); Leadership: A Very Short Introduction (2010); and Sage Major Works of Leadership (four volumes) (ed. with David Collinson & Brad Jackson) (2011). His most recent papers include: "Mindful Organizing in U.S. Navy SEAL Teams: Sustaining Mindfulness in High-Reliability Organizations (HROs)" (with Amy Frayer and Layla Branicki) Management Review Discoveries (forthcoming), and "'No More Heroes': Critical Perspectives on Leadership Romanticism" with Owain Smolovic-Jones and David Collinson, Organization Studies (forthcoming).