Polarity Management: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems

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Human Resource Development, 1992 - Business & Economics - 267 pages
University level text. Some complex problems simply do not have "solutions." The key to being an effective leader is being able to recognize and manage such problems. Polarity Management presents a unique model and set of principles that will challenge you to look at situations in new ways. Also included are exercises to strengthen your skills, and case studies to help you begin applying the model to your own unsolvable problems.

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This is an awesome book for me because I'm a coach and I specialise coaching teams, leaders, high performers and people interested in dealing with the fears and issues that impact on their happiness. This book has some great ideas and tools that I know work because I've been using them with my clients. I can't rate it enough for helping you to see that not all things have a solution and that they can still be managed and you can feel better about situations in any aspect of your life. 


Teamwork Is Not a Solution
The Misunderstood Leader
Being Right Is the Easy Step
A Problem to Solve or a Polarity to Manage?
How to Recognize a WellManaged Polarity
Two Departments in Conflict
Section A An Owner and a Manager Struggling with
How Participatory Management Gets
The Art and Science of Polarity

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Page 55 - I go on with this short history, let me make a general observation - the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
Page 219 - Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country!
Page xvii - This involves some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that it is hard to know just how long the descriptive material will be correct.
Page xviii - Polarities to manage are sets of opposites which can't function well independently. Because the two sides of a polarity are interdependent, you cannot choose one as a "solution
Page 174 - Rights; among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness -^-Declaration of Independence of the United States...
Page 219 - I put my pants on one leg at a time just like everybody else.
Page xviii - Because the two sides of a polarity are interdependent, it is not possible to choose one as a solution and neglect the other. The aim of polarity management is to get the best of both opposites while avoiding the limits of each.
Page 23 - In order to gain and maintain the benefits of one pole, you must also pursue the benefits of the other. The ability to inhale the greatest amount of fresh air requires that first you exhale as completely as possible.
Page 3 - For every complex problem there is a simple solution and it's wrong.
Page 174 - We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (people)* are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

About the author (1992)

Johnson has a PhD in Organization Development from International College in Los Angeles. He has been working on the Polarity Management Model and set of principles since 1975.

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