Polarity Thinking vs Problem Solving, May 8, 2019

Polarity Thinking vs Problem Solving, May 8, 2019

When we encounter a large complex problem, we develop a solution. The “solution” works well for a while, and then it doesn’t… We call these situations “wicked problems,” or dilemmas, where treating them as Either/Or choices doesn’t work over time.

Enter Polarity Thinking: Polarities are sets of opposites which can’t function well independently, because the two sides of a polarity are interdependent: The objective of Polarity Thinking is to get the best of both opposites while avoiding the limits of each.

In this highly participative session you will learn the main principles of Polarity Thinking and explore how to:

  • Distinguish between a problem to be solved and a polarity to be managed
  • Map the benefits of each side of a polarity and the downsides of each
  • Place yourself on a Polarity Map of a specific pair of values/poles
  • Develop action plans to keep you moving from the upside of one pole to the upside of the other while minimizing the pain and dysfunction of the downsides of each.

You will leave with a new set of lenses to use at home, at work, wherever you encounter Either/Or thinking that could benefit from Both/And approaches.

About the Presenter

Barry Johnson, inventor of Polarity Thinking, will present remotely via Zoom. In 1975, Barry created the first Polarity Map® and set of principles. Since then he has used Polarity Thinking with clients from all sectors around the globe to leverage polarities, AKA paradoxes, dilemmas, or tensions.

Helen Spector, OODN Board Member, will live-facilitate the presentation with Barry.


Date:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time:  Registration and networking from 5:30-6 pm. Program from 6-8:30 pm.
Location: Daimler, 4555 N. Channel, Corporate Conference Center, Portland, OR 97217
Parking:  Free and available on the street.
Cost:  ODN Chapter members and Partner Organizations (ATD, PHRMA), $10;  Others, $25
Refreshments:  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.
Register:  Through Eventbrite. Online registration available until 8 am the morning of the event. Registration also available at the door if space available. Space limited to 40.