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Polarities are natural tensions which exist within individuals and systems; they can not be solved because they are not problems, though they must be managed.  According to F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."  Effective leaders identify and manage these natural tensions and use them as a resource.

The purpose of the Managing Polarities seminar is to support leaders in inviting ways of thinking which honor complexity, thereby increasing the benefits of diverse perspectives and health disagreements so that adult interactions better serve students.

Participants in this two-day seminar will learning to identify and map polarities within their system.  Using a practical, hands-on approach, individuals will develop confidence and skill in supporting others in navigating these natural tensions.  Participants will:​

  • Refine their understanding of the distinction between affective and cognitive conflict;

  • Apply principles and tools for identifying, mapping, and managing polarities;

  • Learn strategies, lenses, structures and language for using polarity principles and tools to help mediate self, individuals, groups and communities toward balance and getting “unstuck”.

This two day seminar is best offered in two back-to-back days to support the learning of those involved.  Contact me today to discuss options and ideas on how you might learn to manage the polarities in your system.

Managing Tensions: Services
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