Practice Pack Part 1: The Art and Practice of Adaptive leadership

This online workshop will apply adaptive leadership theory to the practical work of your collaboration.

You will learn:

  • How to diagnose your own and your collaborations’ adaptive challenges
  • How to work politically with diverse stakeholders
  • How to pace, contain and get your work authorised.

Participants will work live with a current challenge.

Who is it for?

Anyone leading, participating, supporting, convening collaborations that are struggling to adapt to face new realities.


This workshop series includes videos, reading, reflective exercises and 3 x 3 hour interactive group sessions where you will work live on your adaptive challenge.

2pm – 5pm AEST

Thursday 14th October 2021
Thursday 21st October
Thursday 28th October



Price per person (+ GST):

Standard $ 800
Not-for-profit $ 690
Group discount (bookings of 3+) $ 600

A 10% discount is available when you purchase all 3 Practice Packs. Use promo code CFI3PACK on each registration.


View all in the Practice Pack series

Practice Pack Part 1: The Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership (September 2021)

Practice Pack Part 2: Working with your own and others’ Power in Collaborations (November 2021)

Practice Pack Part 3: Navigating and Working with Conflict in Collaborations (February 2022)



Get in touch for package offers, large group discounts and tailored sessions for your organisation. 10% discount applies when booking 3 or more events across CFI’s Systems Change Learning Program 2021-22. Contact

Liz Skelton

Liz Skelton - Co-Director, Collaboration for Impact

Liz is Director and co-founder of Collaboration for Impact (CFI). CFI builds capacity in systems change and adaptive leadership for social change, systems change and social innovation working with and advising Government, Not for Profit, Community, philanthropy sectors on how to create the conditions for social change. Liz brings unique specialist experience, skills and knowledge in leadership development to building collaborations to enable cross sector stakeholders to change the way their systems work to create positive social change.

With over 25 years’ experience leading social change, Liz began her career leading NGOS’s in Scotland and Australia before co-leading the establishment and growth of a national social leadership learning organisation Social Leadership Australia. As Principal Consultant she spent eight years working with leaders in community, government and businesses across Australia developing the theory and applying the practice of Adaptive Leadership to tackle their toughest challenges. Since 2014 she has been applying the practice of Adaptive Leadership to place and issue-based systems change working with First Nations leaders and other Australians to change their relationship with deep collaboration, extending this innovative practice to communities working collaboratively across Australia to achieve better outcomes.

Liz is an author and teacher of leadership for systems change, and has co-authored two books: "The Australian Leadership Paradox: What it takes to lead in the Lucky Country", with Geoff Aigner, published by Allen & Unwin in 2013, and “Lost conversations: Finding new ways for black and white Australians to lead together” launched in November 2014 co-authored with a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders. Liz is also a Lecturer with UNSW’s Centre for Social Impact's Masters and Graduate Certificate in Social Impact.

Anna Powell - Practice Lead, Collaboration for Impact

Anna Powell has extensive experience in strategy, evaluation, design and co-creating learning systems. Anna has held senior management roles across the education, community, international development, corporate and education sectors, including with Oxfam and Westpac Foundation. Anna also has extensive consultancy experience working with and facilitating collaborations between government, place-based change initiative, international aid initiatives, universities, social enterprises and philanthropic organisations.

Anna draws on professional training and qualifications in complexity theory, human-centred design, psychology, organisational development and strategic and adaptive leadership to support people to co-create implement and learn from strategic social change initiatives. Anna has led the design, monitoring and evaluation of collaborative initiatives in areas including education, employment pathways, youth and family services, and economic participation.

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