Wise Action for Sustainable Change


Course Description

Leading in “powerful times” requires us to show up in our world differently than in the past. This interactive workshop helps leaders and leadership teams by supporting three interrelated capacities: leaders must develop and exercise systems intelligence; they must learn to recognize and respond to adaptive challenges; and they must set an example that encourages mutual learning. When these three capacities are present, wise action is possible.

The purpose of this workshop is to increase the capacity of leaders and aspiring leaders to take wise action. When we take “wise action” we increase the likelihood of getting what we want, and decrease the likelihood of undesired unintentional consequences. Wise action leads to sustainable change.

Performance objectives: Upon completion of this course participants will:

  • Be grounded in the three interrelated capacities that make wise action possible

  • Know how to create a container for practicing authentic leadership

  • Have experience working on a particular, personally meaningful challenge

Competencies covered in this course: Systems thinking, adaptive & authentic leadership, the Mutual Learning Model

Intended audience: leaders and aspiring leaders

Standard Course Length

  • Two days

  • 15 - 30 participants


Please contact us for pricing information.

FAcilitated by

Steve Byers has 20 years of experience working with teams and leaders, and in convening important conversations in communities and organizations. He has designed and facilitated conversations in culturally diverse communities and organizations on such topics as racism and fair policing, employment and recreation for people with disabilities, access to health care in rural communities, strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect, and social determinants of health in immigrant communities. He also trains people to do this work, thus building capacity in the community. Steve works with teams and leaders to improve performance, strengthen working relationships, and increase team member well-being.

He has presented multiple interactive workshops at various conferences in the last 15 years, including Elevate Early Learning (Tacoma), In2:InThinking Annual Forum (Los Angeles), and the Pegasus Systems Thinking in Action conference (Boston & Seattle). Any workshop Steve offers can be customized for an organization so that the participants can do real relevant work while learning.

Steve is a graduate of the Organization Systems Renewal program at Seattle University. He is an experienced “Art of Hosting” facilitator and trainer. He designs and teaches workshops for organizations and the public, and teaches in a graduate leadership studies program at St. Mary’s College of California. Steve is also the owner of Helping Human Systems, a consulting practice to develop leadership capacity.