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"Navigating uncertainty with more resilience, and less stress for better results"

Testimonies from recent Master Class senior manager participants:

"This intensive one day really helps me navigate uncertainty with less stress"

Ian Anderson Managing Director Synthoma China

"I would highly recommend this Master Class for senior managers, as it gives genuinely new and very useful ideas for dealing with a VUCA context"

Karl Hudson, Regional Director North Asia, Suttons International

"This method is the best ever to get better employee satisfaction and engagement, better cooperation, quicker development with better results for less effort and stress."

Delia Giangregorio COO, GBMax Ltd, Max Mara China

Session Outline

A Master Class introducing a new and international award-winning approach to organisational leadership that has demonstrably helped leaders around the world to deal with Covid19 uncertainties and beyond.

"We needed our leaders to change their mindset, learn to accept uncertainty and navigate smoothly in a VUCA world. CAL has been a great help." Sophie Wu, CCO, Alibaba

Completed in advance:

  • Self- assessment for teams/organization being led, looking at the principles needed for dynamic and agile self-organization. Participants will compare their own confidential scores with cohort peers as well as a global data base.
  • Individual self-assessment that shows how agile/adaptive, responsive, effective, balanced and overall enabling the choices of leadership strategy are (available in Chinese and English). Highly customized report will give specific suggestions for further exploration. Participants will be able to compare their own confidential score with cohort peers as well as a global normative data base.

Participants will receive:

  • A high impact interactive experiential workshop that will introduce a genuinely new approach (NOT "old wine, new bottle"!). This will cover:
  1. WHY leadership paradigm needs to change based on modern western complexity science - §how to lead upwards and sideways not just down in VUCA times with high uncertainty and tendency to micro-manage.
  2. WHAT principles need to be in place, so as to leverage hidden potential that commonly exists in teams and organizations
  3. HOW to get faster and better results in uncertain times for less stress

Materials include:

  • Customised and confidential individual report on leadership capability
  • Customised and confidential report on team/organisation being led
  • Signed copy of book "Future Leadership" (Chinese copy) - discount for English version
  • Learning log to capture key action points to take away and try out
  • Pocket sized Aide memoire of key points
  • International CPD certificate if needed

After Master Class:

  • One-on-one coaching session if needed
  • Access to articles and further reading
  • Discount for further CAL workshops


  • 08:30-10:00 – Navigating the context
  • 10:00-10:30 – Coffee and snacks (provided)
  • 10:30-12:00 – Leveraging a new science
  • 12:00-13:00 – Lunch (provided)
  • 13:00-15:30 – Releasing organisational potential
  • 15:30-16:00 – Coffee break and snacks (provided)
  • 16:00-17:30 – Enhancing individual strategies
  • 17:30-18:00 – Getting it done


  • Nick Obolensky (CEO of Complex Adaptive Leadership Ltd)

    Nick Obolensky

    CEO of Complex Adaptive Leadership Ltd

    Nick Obolensky, an acclaimed international leadership expert with deep experience as practitioner (including youngest Major in the British Army and FTSE 100 director with line leadership of 12,000 staff), academic (incl. professor at INSEAD, CEDEP, LBS), consultant, (Executive Strategy Consultant at Ernst & Young), coach and author of best-selling books including “Complex Adaptive Leadership: Embracing Paradox and Uncertainty” (translated into Chinese as 未来领导力 “Future Leadership”).

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A prepayment is required for all full-day training sessions. 

Member & Member Company Employee Ticket
Standard Price RMB 5,000
Non-Member Ticket
Standard Price RMB 6,000


  • All registrations shall be made online before the session. Payment also shall be made before the session.
  • For full-day sessions, AmCham Shanghai members are eligible to attend at "Member Rate"; Employees who work at AmCham Shanghai member companies are eligible to attend at "Employee Rate"; Non-members are eligible to attend at "Non-Member Rate".
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellation: If you need to cancel your registration for a full-day session, please notify David Ma at (86 21) 6169 3016 or email david.ma@amcham-shanghai.org at least two weeks prior to the session for a full refund. Cancellation made within two weeks before the session will not be refundable.


The Peace Hotel

20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, China 200002
Shanghai, China

If you have any questions please contact David Ma

Contact Organizer

+86 61693016

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