Escape from Flatland: Using Polarity Management to Coach Organizational Leaders from a Higher Perspective
P Beach, J Joyce International Journal of Coaching in Organizations 2009
Coaching organizational leaders tends to focus on tackling challenges through traditional problem solving methods. Polarity Management is a practice that differentiates a problem to solve from a polarity to manage. This distinction provides more robust thinking about how to resolve challenges and increases the likelihood of arriving at solutions that support both near and long-term personal and organizational success. This article introduces the benefits of using an awareness of polarities and an understanding of polarity management as a foundational component of coaching support for organizational leaders. Resources and practical approaches on how to build the competency of polarity management are also provided.