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Polarity Management: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems Paperback – June 12, 2014
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Using PM would have a manager consider the upside for both "poles" and do her best to keep the decision-making in a best of both worlds status, as long as can be managed. In theory, I do think this is an interesting way of discussing pole-based issues. The book is easily twice as long as it should be and I didn't find the examples to be terribly relevant.
Another issue to bring up is that PM exists on the basis that there are two poles. This can limit decision-making and crush creativity.
The model & the explanation works really well in the work environment when trying to explain to people that many things are not solvable, they are part of the cycle of business & life. It also works wonderfully with life stuff.
I recommend this book to others regularly.
This is a very straight forward book that I recommend as a read-ahead or work book for any group seeking to radically evolve their internal decision making processes away from the current standard of "I talk, you listen; I decide, you obey." It has clear charts, the right amount of white space, and I put it down thinking very well of the book.
Panarchy is an evolution of the whole systems approach to anything, with the clarity and integrity of FEEDBACK LOOPS among the elements being the core of any successful system. If everyone does not talk; if everyone does not listen; if everyone does not decide; if everyone does not act in harmonization with all others, system failure is inevitable.
Interesting to me, because Harrison Owen is a friend and mentor, this book is a restatement, in panarchic terms, of his path-finding work, Open Space Technology: A User's Guide--I also recommend his more recent Wave Rider: Leadership for High Performance in a Self-Organizing World.Read more ›
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The concept is so simple, yet I never considered the fact that not everything is a problem to be solved. Johnson's writing is easy to understand and apply. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alexander J. Grimshaw
Problems that are never solved could be polarities to be managed. This a very clear way to create both/and thinking. Worth the read!Published 9 months ago by Douglas L. Miller
Excellent tool to use conflict creatively. Well written. Very easy to read and understand. Wish I would have been exposed to this material 40 years ago.Published 22 months ago by Richard Carroll
Everyone facing difficult problems should read this book. When you realize you don't have a problem to be solved but a polarity to be managed, your approach and thinking changes,... Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Robert
Book was recommended by an expert in the topic, and it supported the course I took well. I recommend it for a comprehensive discussion of the topicPublished on September 1, 2013 by John Breckline
This is a good short book to read if you're interested in management techniques, polarity management is an interesting concept.Published on April 24, 2013 by Lori