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Polarity Thinking

  • U of M Carlson School of Management, Private Dining Room (lower level) 321 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455 (map)
  • How do you manage the tension between working ON your business and IN your business?

  • How do you balance work and life?

  • How do you get the right focus on individual versus team?

  • How do we have the necessary structure but remain flexible?

Those are issues that are NOT problems.  Problems can be solved, but some issues cannot!  These are tensions, dilemmas, paradox, polarities --- whatever you call them, these issues involve interdependent pairs. When we apply traditional problem solving models to polarities, all we get is frustration and wasted energy.

In 1992 Barry Johnson introduced us to the concept of polarity thinking, so it's not anything new yet in my experience I continually run into people who have never heard of it.

The goals of this interactive session are for you to:

* Understand the terminology and basic concepts of polarity thinking

* Learn from various real life examples of polarity management 

* Identify polarities in your work (and life)

* Apply polarity mapping to these issues


Presenter: Dr. Jean Davidson

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration and dinner

6:00 - 6:15 p.m. Welcome and Announcements

6:15 - 8:00 p.m. Program