CPS programs / POLARITY THINKING: THE POWER OF PARADOX IN CREATIVITY AND COMPLEXITY

Facilitators: Clare Dus and Liz Monroe-Cook
Knowledge of Creative Problem Solving is required to participate in this program.

Complex situations often contain issues that are inherently "unsolvable" and remain unsolvable regardless of our best and most creative attempts to resolve them. The practice of polarity thinking combined with Creative Problem Solving provides exciting opportunities for sustainable innovation and being more effective in complex situations. Whether called polarity, paradox or dilemma, these tensions are universal phenomena in human experience. In this session you'll learn to distinguish between either-or problem solving and both-and thinking. You'll explore how to leverage dynamic tensions such as head and heart, planning and action, team and individual and – of course –the diverge and converge polarity of CPS.
Through discussion, activities and Polarity Mapping, you'll identify interdependent factors that are constants and indestructible, and learn a deliberate process to manage them. You'll find that polarity thinking in partnership with CPS has a wide range of applications, e.g., organizational planning, coaching, customer insights, conflict management, team performance and individual development. You'll be able to apply your insights to both personal and professional situations as you choose.

Participants will be able to:

  • Expand your thinking through awareness of the phenomenon of interdependent pairs – polarities.
  • Learn a powerful approach and tool for analysis and action when facing dilemmas.
  • Gain insights about how to recognize and use paradox to manage complexity.
  • Learn about the rich partnership of Polarity Thinking and CPS.