Managing unsolvable problems using Polarity Management

On: 22 October 2020: 10:00 - 12:00 (including break) - fully booked
or 4 November 2020: 10:00-12:00 (including break)
At: Zoom

Leaders tend to be excellent problem solvers. That’s how they ended up in a leadership position in the first place. But there are certain problems that, by definition, have no solutions. They aren’t simply complex and difficult problems; they are the kinds of problems that require “both/and thinking.” COVID-19 has brought many of these issues to the fore:

  • Should we focus on physical health or economic health?
  • Should we exercise trust or scrutiny of our teams working from home?
  • Should be focus on local needs or global cooperation?

Obviously, the answer to all these questions needs to be that both are essential. Not only that, but by choosing both, each choice strengthens its counterpart. These are not “problems to solve” but “polarities to manage.”

Polarity Management is a tool that helps senior managers to identify these types of dilemmas and map them so they can better understand and manage these ongoing chronic tensions.

By the end of this workshop, participants will understand basic “Polarity thinking” and will have explored several common organisational polarities. In addition, they will have created a Polarity Map for a relevant polarity within their own organisation.

This session aimed at Senior Managers from Pears grantee organisations. 

Facilitator: Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Please contact Rachel Franklin if you or a colleague would like to reserve a place.

Once your place is confirmed we will send out joining instructions. If you are no longer able to attend please let us know so we can allocate your place to someone else.