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New OD Practitioners SIG - "Polarity Thinking and Approach: A Meta-theory for Consultant/Coaches to Use for Organizations, Teams, and Leaders"

  • 06 Feb 2014
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Bethesda, MD


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New OD Practitioners SIG

Topic: Polarity Thinking and Approach:  A Meta-theory for Consultant/Coaches to Use for Organizations, Teams, and Leaders
Facilitator: Cliff Kayser

There is an important distinction to make between problems that can be solved and ongoing and unsolvable issues that business literature refers to as dilemmas, paradox, wicked problems – or polarities. Cliff Kayser, VP, Owner/Partner of Polarity Partnerships will share how these unavoidable and unsolvable interdependent value pairs are predictable energy systems that can be leveraged. Distinguishing problems to solve from polarities to leverage is of crucial importance in today’s complex and changing environment and a key competency for leaders, teams, and organizations. The research is clear -- leaders, teams and organizations that effectively leverage polarity tensions outperform those that don’t.

In this highly interactive and experiential session, Cliff will bring a “HOW TO” practice-focus to the theory to:
1) Provide a high-level overview of the “basics for leverage” to achieve goals with increased speed and sustainability;
2) Help you avoid the dysfunction, wasted resources, and damaged relationships that result from treating polarities as problems to solve;
3) Work through some leadership and team/organizational polarity tensions in real-time using the Polarity Map.
Attendees to this session are asked to take a short 24-question, 5-10 minute survey in advance of the meeting by the COB on February 5.  Contact Mark at ma.sachs@verizon.net for access to the survey.

Cliff is an Owner/Partner of Polarity Partnerships, LLC and Founder/President of Xperience® LLC, which provides OD Consulting, Coaching, and Leadership Training services. Cliff serves as an adjunct/visiting faculty for: AU Master’s in OD and KEY Executive Programs, The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, The Mason Center for Team and Organizational Learning, and the Center for Consciousness and Transformation at GMU. Also under Xperience® LLC is Kayser Ridge Retreat and Learning Center in Berkeley Springs, WV (www.KayserRidge.com)
Formerly, Cliff was VP of OD and Training for The National Cooperative Bank in Washington, D.C. and he spent nearly a decade at The Washington Post newspaper as Senior OD Consultant and The Washington Post Company as Corporate Manager of HR and Training.  Cliff holds Master’s Degrees in OD and HR Management from American University and is a graduate of Georgetown Leadership Coaching program.
SIG Leader:
Mark Sachs | ma.sachs@verizon.net

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
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Cancellation policy: 
After you have registered for the SIG meeting, if you won’t be able to attend, please contact Mark to let him know.

Additional notes:
A $5.00 donation is requested to help pay for the room rental.

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