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Paradoxical Thinking: How to Profit from Your Contradictions Hardcover – January 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-1881052807 ISBN-10: 188105280X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1st edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188105280X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881052807
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Based on years of real-world road testing with individuals and corporate leaders, Fletcher and Olwyler's five-steps in Paradoxial Thinking method helps the reader to consciously bring together the paradoxical sides of yourself to achieve outstanding results individually, on teams, and in organizations. Using an important problem or goal, Paradoxial Thinking will help to identify the core personal paradox, redefine the problem/goal so that it can be approached paradoxically, monitor how well things are going, and take positive action steps to overcome roadblocks and banish cycles of ineffectiveness. -- Midwest Book Review

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Conflict management consultants and trainers, facilitators, executive coaches, business coaches, life coaches and managers will find the concepts and practical applications in Paradoxical Thinking: How to Profit from Your Contradictions will give all a major tool to add to their kit. This tool is unique in that is can be applied in many arenas with slight variations: conflict management, polarity management; executive coaching, self-coaching, self-help; shadow work, Ying yang; human paradox, paradox, paradoxical nature of life; high performance, group and team dynamics; success in business, conduct in life; problem definition, goal setting, maximizing potential, overcoming roadblocks.

The book provides a field for reflection, while giving practical tools for application and taking action. It includes: learning by example, 2 case histories that follow the books chapters almost to the end; applying paradoxical thinking to self, others and to groups. The processes offered can help to make, in an unthreatening manner, the whole person visible. It shines a light onto all aspects present in a person, including the shadow side.

The oxmoronic process is fun, light hearted while allowing for all truth to be present, even "the hard stuff."


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Coert Visser on September 8, 2001
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When I heard about this book, I did not quite know what to expect. Reading things like 'How to profit from your contradictions' and 'bringing together the paradoxical sides of yourself to achieve outstanding results', I feared it might turn out to be kind of vague and superficial. But I decided to give the book the benefit of the doubt, because I quite liked Jerry Fletcher's previous book "Patterns of High Performance".
How wrong can you be in your expectations...The book turned out to be a downright fascinating read! The book describes with great clarity a very specific step-by-step method by which you can identify seemingly contradictory characteristics of yourself (the authors call this your 'core paradox'). Both of these contradictory characteristics can be expressed either in a negative way or in a positive way.
When these contradictory characteristics are expressed in their most negative way, a nightmare-scenario can follow. When this happens, a person swings back and forth between the two (negative) sides of the paradox, leaving him or her hopeless, without energy and ineffective. However, when these contradictory characteristics are expressed in their most positive way, both (positive) sides of the paradox are simultaneously present.
Because of this, you can produce creative resolutions of dilemma's that previously seemed intractable. Using a tool called 'Fletcher's pendulum', you can figure out how to get from the negative expression of your core paradox to a positive expression. How this exactly works, you should of course read in the book. It has many examples and is packed with practical wisdom. I found it extremely valuable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on November 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Jerry L. Fletcher and Kelley Olwyler examine how you use paradoxical thinking - contradictory ways of approaching a situation. Then, they discuss ways to use your paradoxes to your strategic advantage. You can use their "pendulum" to help you recognize the positive and negative ways you express these paradoxes - so you can apply the positive actions to difficult situations. They invite readers to analyze themselves and resolve a current problem. The book can help you devise more creative solutions to personal and work situations. However, while the system is fairly straightforward, elements do seem complicated and may be difficult to apply on your own. We [...] recommend this book as a novel approach to problem solving and a worthy way to regard goal setting without the nagging voice of consistency in your ear.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jerry L Fletcher on April 18, 2000
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Paradoxical Thinking is a very effective step-by-step guide for really getting down to understanding the core aspects of our individual nature and how they can work together synergistically-- or cause a nightmare of inner conflict. Jerry and Kelle show us how to discover and reclaim our seemingly contradictory qualities and use them to get through apparent impasses. This book is great for self-help, for coaching, and for collaborative thinking. Recognizing my own oxymoronic nature is definitely helpful in making my way in the world. Discovering my "Nightmare Oxymoron" was a blast. I recommend it.
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I have got to say I am thoroughly impressed by the process in this book. The idea that we pendulate between two types of extreme responses (go for it and depression!) to problems we can't solve is perhaps not inspired but how to actually use our personal paradoxical reactions to create new options is. At first I thought "Oh great! A whole book to learn the process" but it's actually quite simple and the majority of the rest of the book is examples of using Fletcher's pendulum in action. I am absolutely going to use this in my coaching practice and if you have problems you can't make any headway on this is definitely the book for you. One of the best personal development reads this year.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara L. King on January 13, 2007
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The book arrived in excellent condition and on time.

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