Polarity & Paradox

Are You Facing a Problem? Or a Polarity?

What’s the difference between a problem vs. a polarity? A problem can be solved, a polarity has to be managed. Get tips on handling polarity in leadership.

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By Jean Leslie, Senior Fellow and Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Kelly Simmons, Global Director for Consultative Leadership Solutions, on how leaders can trust and verify the work of remote employees, in Quartz at Work.

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Sometimes leaders think they have a problem. Really, they’re faced with a polarity: an ongoing dilemma that feels unsolvable. How can leaders identify and handle workplace polarities?

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Conflicting demands and “either/or” tensions are the norm for many managers. Use these 2 techniques — Polarity Mapping® and Duality Mapping — to help you and your organization better understand and manage paradox.

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How we define work has evolved — from being mostly in person pre-pandemic (Work 1.0), to mostly virtual during the pandemic (Work 2.0), to now — a hybrid of both (Work 3.0). Download this report for 8 keys to leading in Work 3.0.

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The oft-used military acronym VUCA describes conditions of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, but doesn’t convey how best to respond to these challenges and their inherent tensions. We propose RUPT™ instead.

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