NHS North East Leadership Academy

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System Leadership: Changing the Way We Change

Date: 16 April 2019

Time: 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM

Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes

Venue: Palatine House, Belmont Business Park, Durham, DH1 1TW


System Leadership

Leadership Dimensions:

System Leadership: Changing the Way We Change

Delivered by Myron Rogers, this session provides concepts, ideas and interactive productive space for understanding and applying the dynamics of change in organizations from a systems perspective.

The workshop will be of particular relevance for individuals grappling with the challenges of leading and influencing transformation agendas and shifting organizations and cultures from traditional mechanistic organizations to integrated health care systems.

Key learning objectives:

  1. To understand how change plays out in complex systems

  2. To develop an understanding of the dynamics of change in your organization or system

  3. To understand the intended outcomes/unintended consequences relationship

  4. To consider some practical ways for acting on complex systems issues

  5. To expand your awareness of how and where to work to influence change in your organization(s)



Myron E. Rogers is an author, speaker and consultant with a practice in large-scale organisation change and leadership development. His consulting practice is grounded in practical application of systems theory to the complex organisations of today. He co-authored the best selling A Simpler Way (Berrett-Koehler, 1996, 2002, 2010) with Margaret J. Wheatley. His work has appeared in many edited books, and he authored or co-authored numerous articles in scholarly and trade publications. He consults through the USA-based consulting firm Co-Here LLC, and the UK-based Phillips Kay Partnership, LLP. Myron is co-founder and partner in both firms.

As a skilled translator of living system theory, Myron has been engaged in the leadership, design and delivery of large-scale strategic change efforts in the private and public sectors throughout the world. His work has covered a broad range of organisations and issues--from battlefield learning with the U.S. Army, to community health capacity development in the U.S.; from post-Apartheid business development in South Africa to community development in Venezuela; from leadership development for NHS England to global strategy for Unysis. Whether in the global corporate or local community environment, Myron’s work is high-involvement, broad-participation, whole systems engagement.

For many years, Myron led popular public seminars on self-organising systems in the U.S., U.K., South Africa and Australia with Fritjof Capra and Margaret Wheatley, as well as public dialogues seeking insight into the new organisational forms and leadership required for the future, through the Berkana Institute, which he co-founded in 1991. In addition to his consulting practice, he has been a founder or co-convener of a series of critical international public dialogues on topics ranging from intellectual capital and knowledge management, to conceptual frameworks for communities of practice, to the implications of living systems theory for social change, as well as a national dialogue on standards-based public education in the United States.

Myron was a co-founder with Peter Block of The School for Managing and Change. He has served as visiting faculty for the M.S.O.D. program at Pepperdine University; the Evidence Based Coaching Program at Fielding Graduate University; the executive development programs of Cornell University and Leeds University Business School; as well as seminars on complex systems change at universities around the globe. He was a co-founder and international fellow of the Center for Innovation for Health Management, Leeds University. Myron has been named a Global Thought Leader by both the Peter Drucker Foundation and the Fetzer Institute. He was a co-founder of The Berkana Institute, past President of the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative, Inc., and President of the Lincoln Schools Foundation. He was also a founder and executive vice president of HealthString LLC, an early innovative provider of dynamic, web-based personal health records and health and wellness programs in the United States.