Adaptive thinking for complex policy

Crawford School of Public Policy | Executive course


In this course participants will learn skills and technique that will assist them in dealing with complex policy and work issues. The course will focus on assisting people to become aware of their unconscious “operating system” and how that shapes their performance in their personal and work environment. Participants will explore the principles behind applying complex adaptive systems in the areas of policy and strategy development and implementation. The principles highlight to participants how they may need to redefine and/or enhance their approaches to deal with the complex dynamics of both the internal and external operating landscapes

Course date: 
9.30am–4.30pm 16 May 2018
#132, Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

$1,350 GST incl; Group discounts applicable.

Course overview

To assist people to better understand others and themselves in the work context, 4 key tools will be introduced and demonstrated. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the techniques during the session. Topics covered include:

  • Rapport skills
  • Understanding linguistic patterns
  • Perceptual positioning
  • Unconscious filters and their impact on decision-making and behaviours

Course convenor

Dr Gary Saliba

Gary Saliba is Director of Strategic Journeys, a management consulting company, which assists people in organisations to enhance their skills for performance to manage ambiguity and uncertainty.

The unique role of Gary and his company is the integration of complex adaptive systems thinking with futures studies and strategy development. This approach has enabled him to consult extensively across a range of government and commercial enterprises to develop organisational strategy that is based on plausible futures, using the scenario development methodology.

Gary’s approach is to work with people to enhance their processes in understanding their organisation’s operating environment and their own ways of operating. This all leads to more informed decision-making and improved responsiveness and flexibility in an ever increasingly complex environment.

Gary holds a BSc(Hons) and PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Sydney. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

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