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Welcome to Leadership House Call

Do you have a leadership dilemma that's keeping you up at night? Maybe your question is about how to deal with the challenges facing your organization, inspire those who work for you, or manage a merger. Maybe it's about how to hold a tough conversation or bring more volunteers into your nonprofit organization. We are here to help you answer those questions.

The three of us, Ron Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky, are principals at Cambridge Leadership Associates, a leadership consulting firm. Ron and Marty are on the Harvard faculty, and together with CLA, we've helped thousands of talented and emerging leaders work through all types of challenges. We'll respond to questions from readers on this blog and offer our practical advice on how to survive and thrive in times of continuous change. We hope you'll offer your own advice and feedback to further engage with us.

You can send your questions anytime to leadership@washingtonpost.com, or simply write your question in the comment section of this blog.

We are sharing our expertise with you, and we hope you'll share your experiences and insights with us. Inventing the new leadership needed today is a collaborative act, and in this online House Call, "doctors" and clients are partners in the journey. In this time of crisis, no one person has all the answers. We are all at the frontiers of leadership.

Here's some more information about us:

Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA) is an international leadership development practice and the home of Adaptive Leadership. Its founders, Harvard Faculty Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky, have been at the forefront of leadership practice and theory for more than three decades. Working with teams and individuals across the private, public and non-profit sectors, CLA is focused directly on the difficult process of leading change in the midst of uncertainty and turbulence.

The contributors to this blog include the co-authors of a new book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership, published this spring by Harvard Business Press. This book, the third from Cambridge Leadership Associates focused on the framework of Adaptive Leadership, is a hands-on guide for leadership practitioners, providing a set of stories, diagrams, techniques, and activities that will help individuals assess and address the toughest challenges before them.

Marty Linsky has had 25 years experience as a leadership consultant, author and educator. His clients come from public, private and non-profit sectors in the US and abroad. Marty has been on the faculty at Harvard's Kennedy School since 1979, except for three years as Chief Secretary to the Governor of Massachusetts. He has been chair of several of the School's Executive Programs on leadership. He came to Harvard after careers in politics and journalism, having served as a Massachusetts state legislator, an editorial writer and reporter for The Boston Globe, and editor of The Real Paper. In addition to contributing regularly to the On Leadership panel discussion, Marty blogs at Linsky on Leadership.

Graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School, Marty is married, the father of three children, and a vegetarian. For relaxation he runs (nine marathons, but no more), and enjoys good beer and Mexican food (a reward for exercise).

Alexander Grashow is a Managing Director of Cambridge Leadership Associates responsible for the overall design and content of CLA programs. He has worked extensively with executive teams and is experienced in delivering adaptive leadership in a variety of formats and geographies. Alexander came to CLA from The Synergos Institute, where he was the co-founder and director of the Bridging Leadership Program, that designed collaborative partnerships and leadership trainings across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States

Alexander has been on the executive education faculty at the Wagner School at New York University, Duke Corporate Education and the Harvard Kennedy School. A graduate of Wesleyan University, and a former Coro Fellow, Alexander studied economics and fine arts (a serious Japanese printmaker) and is also the co-founder of the US-Africa Children's Fellowship, an international non-profit that that partners with schools in Africa. Alexander lives with his wife Yasuko and their two children in Brooklyn, NY, and spends significant time in Japan.

CLA co-founder Ron Heifetz, is also the founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is renowned worldwide for his seminal work on the practice and teaching of leadership; he speaks and consults extensively in the United States and abroad with leaders in business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Heifetz's research at Harvard focuses on how to build adaptive capacity in societies, businesses, and nonprofits. His courses on leadership and authority are among the most popular in the university, and his widely acclaimed book, Leadership Without Easy Answers has been translated into many languages and is currently in its twelfth printing. Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading, written with Marty Linsky, was published in 2002.

A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Heifetz is also a physician and a cellist, having studied with the Russian virtuoso, Gregor Piatigorsky.

By Andrea Useem

 |  April 7, 2009; 2:21 PM ET |  Category:  Leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg     Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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