Polarity Management®

Polarity maps allow us to explore tough, persistent  dilemmas that are not actually problems that can be “solved”  – but ongoing polarities which can be navigated constructively. They involve a polarity – a relationship between two opposing ideas that each have some good in them. In fact, you need both sides to achieve your goals. And guaranteed, if you overdo one side, you get trouble. The good and bad news is that you can’t get rid of a polarity – ever.

Based on the work of Barry Johnson, Polarity Management is a powerful yet very accessible model of thinking, assessing, planning , and acting that moves individuals and teams from resistance and conflict towards embracing the complexity of their challenges and working together towards their common purpose. When groups learn it, they are more able to work effectively with “opposition”, build stronger teams, make better decisions, and focus their energy where it will make a bigger positive difference.