Adaptive Thinking

Adaptive thinking is required for designing adaptive enterprises. Adaptive enterprise design is guided by the following broad categories of adaptive design principles: agile thinking, design thinking, model thinking, resilience thinking, service thinking and systems thinking.

Adaptive Design Principles

  • Agile thinking
    • Flexibility: built-in flexible response to changes
    • Leanness: built-in quality with optimal or minimal resources
    • Learning: built-in analytics-information for continuous learning
    • Responsiveness: design for (response) change
    • Speed: quick timely response to changes and outcomes (e.g. faster time to market)
  • Design thinking
    • Action-oriented: practical, actionable and outcome-driven design
    • Fearless experimentation: design spikes, simulation, prototyping
    • Human-orientation: human-centric, empathetic (e.g. feeling, emotions)
    • Paradoxical design: balancing intuition-rationale,  ideas vs counter ideas
    • Showcasing: frequent design showcase, demonstration, feedback
  • Model thinking
    • Abstraction: abstraction of reality in models for communication, reasoning and sense making
    • Reusability: design for reusability (design patterns) and standardisation
    • Simplicity: making the complex things simple, simple design process
  • Resilience thinking
    • Defend: defence or resistance to attacks or threats, immediate response for stability
    • Evolve: evolutionary design to evolve into to a new ‘better’ state
  • Service thinking
    • Customer-orientation: customer-centric, customer-driven
    • Service economy: service is the fundamental unit of exchange (e.g. a product or resource in use is a service)
    • Value co-creation: design or value or outcome is co-created through the active engagement of stakeholders or beneficiaries
    • Value determination: beneficiary determines the value
    • Value proposition: continuous discovery of value proposition (new or better or alternative offerings)
  • Systems thinking
    • Autonomous: self-sufficient independent components, parts or elements
    • Context-awareness: scan and sense information for adaptability
    • Collaboration-oriented: active engagement, collaboration-focused, participatory design
    • Holism: holistic systems thinking involving inputs, outputs, outcomes, processes, parts, constraints, culture, norms and feedback for identifying and dealing with changes for adaptation
    • Interdependent: nested autonomous parts or elements of the whole (valuenet, value chain, value stream) which cannot exist independently
    • Integrated: open and non-linear integration of heterogeneous parts or elements
    • Living: a living dynamic system
    • Self-organising: built-in higher-levels of ordering for outcomes through feedback loops

Adapt Inn offers the following role focused adaptive thinking workshop.

  • Adaptive Thinker



The duration of adaptive leadership workshop is 1 day.


Not Applicable.

Objectives & Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the adaptive enterprise design principles.
  • Understand the overall adaptive enterprise design framework.
  • Understand the key adaptive enterprise roles.


The workshops will be hands-on and interactive. It will include concepts (C), discussions (D), examples (E), exercises (E) and feedback (F) activities (CDEEF).

Assessment: Demonstrate competence in workshop exercises.

Contact now to book the on-site workshop and discuss any questions you may have about the professional service offerings.

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