Polarity Thinking

Polarity Thinking

This dynamic program will equip you to deal successfully with polarities -- opposing forces that create tension in complex situations. You will use Polarity Thinking™ concepts, practices and tools (including the Polarity Map® and the Polarity Assessment™) to overcome your most complex and critical challenges by applying both/and thinking skills to the leadership polarities you face. You will gain experience managing polarities in a consulting/coaching client relationship.

You will also earn a certification in PACT™ (Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation) through this program. All leaders, teams, and organization systems are navigating challenges in the process of their growth and development. That process involves the tension between maintaining continuity, and change. PACT™ was developed to increase the speed, attainability and sustainability of the change process that all leaders, teams, and organization systems go through. We believe that leaders can significantly enhance their well-being by using PACT™ and supplementing “or” thinking with “and” thinking.

Live Virtual Format for Fall 2020

Two sections are open for Fall 2020 enrollment. Sections are limited to 12 people, allowing for personalized learning. Each section features 16 hours of synchronous learning (live virtual webinars) and 16 hours of asynchronous learning (self-paced reading, reviewing resources, practical exercises, and assignments).

Section 1 (on Mondays): October 12, October 26, November 9, and November 23

Live virtual instruction for section 1 will occur on these dates from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Section 2 (on Thursdays): October 15, October 29, November 12, and December 3

Live virtual instruction for section 2 will occur on these dates from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Tuition: $3,295

  • 15% COVID-19 discount for individual applicants who register by August 7, 2020.
  • Mason Full-time Employee Discount: Mason employees are eligible for the Covid-19 15% discount through August 7, 2020. Regularly, throughout the year, employees are eligible for the standard 10% discount.
  • 10% discount for organizations that send three or more participants
  • Cost of course texts not included

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Questions? Contact us at lead2wb@gmu.edu or 703-993-6090.

Features

  • Learn transformative new skills to enhance your career through intensive, hands-on, interactive learning.
  • Build your mapping skills using the Polarity Map® in practical experiential exercises.
  • Use case study and practical exercises to introduce Polarity Thinking™ basic principles and create custom Polarity Assessments
  • Participate in one-on-one mentoring post-program to address specific questions and needs.
  • Discover a wealth of leadership resources in the Polarity Resource Portal. Course registration includes Consultant-level access for 1 year to deepen and broaden your learning experiences beyond the course. This resource contains videos, articles/case-studies, a Polarity Map Public Library, and a “My Polarity Maps” section to save and edit your favorite and most frequently used maps. If performance measurement is important to you, you’ll learn how to create custom assessments for up to 8 polarities at a time using the Polarity Assessment.
  • Earn 27 CCEUs (14 Core and 13 Resource) from the International Coach Federation.

Requirements

100% attendance and participation are expected from participants.

Designed For

This program is designed for leaders who are facing complex leadership challenges in their organizations, and leaders such as coaches and managers who help others navigate complex leadership situations.

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"Learning and using the principles of polarities can strengthen well-being for leaders, teams, and organizational systems. The many different dimensions of effective leadership – from communication to change management – all include polarities. You can learn one approach through this program and it can apply across the board to whatever decisions you face as a leader. Polarity thinking has versatility and scalability and measurability to it that you can use in any situation.” - W. Cliff Kayser, VP, Mastery and Coaching Programs, Polarity Partnerships

A few testimonials from program graduates:

"Polarity Thinking and Polarity Maps are incredibly valuable for enabling new and powerful conversations that lead to sustainable improvements in our organizations, our societies, our relationships and our lives as individual human beings." - Chalmers Brothers, leadership speaker, trainer, and author

"The certification provides a structured process that engages and empowers others, and appeals to those who appreciate data and measurement." - Joy Goldman, founding partner, SixSEED Partners

Many challenges are effectively solved with “or” thinking – choosing between either this option or that one. Polarity challenges are different. They’re ongoing tensions that are part of an interdependent pair that require “and” thinking – choosing both this and that. Polarity Thinking will empower you to distinguish “either/or” solvable problems from “both/and” polarities and accelerate your ability to leverage the power of polarities we all face every day in organizations. Common polarity tensions include confidence and humility, tasks and relationships, and centralization and decentralization. The research is clear: leaders, teams, and organizations that leverage both thinking competencies well out-perform the ones that don’t. Please join us and learn how to avoid getting hooked and stuck in polarities by supplementing "or" thinking with the genius of "and” to improve well-being and resilience for you and your organization.

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