Training Programs

Dealing With Adaptive Challenges and Organizational Paradoxes

Program Description

In his groundbreaking book Good to Great, Jim Collins outlines the apparent paradox of what he terms Level 5 leaders:  extreme willfulness AND demonstrated humility.  The ability to leverage the “upsides” of both of these interdependent aspects is a demonstrated hallmark of leadership success today.  And it opens the door to a broader and more powerful way of understanding a wide range of current organizational and leadership challenges.


In these and countless other situations, we want – and need – both.  As Level 5 leaders have discovered, “either/or” problem solving alone is insufficient to produce sustainable success when working with these sorts of issues.  Instead, what’s also needed is “both/and” polarity leveraging.  In this highly interactive session, Chalmers introduces you to a powerful conversational process and framework for leveraging your most important organizational and leadership polarities:  The Polarity Map™.  If leaders get paid to have effective conversations – as Chalmers claims – then this framework is a roadmap for some of the most powerful, direction-setting conversations you can have within your organization.

Value to Participants and Organizations

Participants will improve the quality of decision-making as well as their ability to accelerate and sustain desired organizational improvements as a result of learning the S.M.A.L.L. approach for leveraging polarities:  Seeing, Mapping, Assessing, Learning and Leveraging.  Participants will gain practice in using a practical, powerful conversational framework known as the Polarity Map™.  They will also more deeply understand the limitations of “either/or” problem-solving when working with many of the most pressing organizational issues, as well as the benefits of employing “both/and” polarity leveraging when appropriate.  Finally, participants will acquire the ability to lead new and powerful conversations with their teams that will surface key polarities and expand their ability to lead and navigate successfully in our 21st century world.

Available in 2-hour, half-day or longer versions

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