Engaging Partners – Will that be Papier-Mâché or Play Dough?

Okay all you crafters reading this – what is the difference between papier-mâché and play dough? And no…how they are spelled is not the answer I am looking for! One typical response might be that papier-mâché hardens into whatever shape you make it, while play dough will hold its shape yet remains pliable so it … More Engaging Partners – Will that be Papier-Mâché or Play Dough?

Polarity Series #5: Practicing Both And Thinking

In a world where we have become conditioned to see many issues in terms of black and white, ‘either-or’ options, adopting a shades of grey ‘both and’ mindset may seem daunting and contradictory. Let me reassure you that fear is both real and false. Establishing new habits is always daunting at first and rarely as … More Polarity Series #5: Practicing Both And Thinking

Polarity Series #4: Early Warning Signs and Action Plans

What is the first thing you do when you see a caution sign? Wise individuals immediately slow down and scan their surroundings to gather more information about the potential threat. Then they plan their next steps or actions based on what they’ve learned. Managing a polarity employs the same principles. In order to consistently generate … More Polarity Series #4: Early Warning Signs and Action Plans

Polarity Series #1: Do You Have a Problem or a Wicked Problem?

Peruse any number of job postings or Google the skills that employers seek in new recruits and chances are good that problem-solving will be mentioned. Often problem-solving is mentioned alongside related terms such as critical thinking, innovation, creativity and conflict resolution. The trouble with focusing on problem-solving is that not every challenge one encounters in … More Polarity Series #1: Do You Have a Problem or a Wicked Problem?

Team-Building Activity: Unleash the Power of “And” Thinking!

Acknowledgement: The team-building activity presented in this post was adapted by permission of the publisher from the book Quick Team-Building Activities for Busy Managers by Brian Cole Miller ©2015 Brian Cole Miller. Published by AMACOM, NY, NY. All rights reserved. http://www.amacombooks.org Given this month’s posts have focused on the concept of Polarity Thinking and shifting from an … More Team-Building Activity: Unleash the Power of “And” Thinking!