Unit 3 Manager's Toolbox

When polarities are managed to obtain the best of

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When polarities are managed to obtain the best of both conditions, the tension between the poles is converted into creative energy. When the tension between stability and change is balanced well, you will witness the organization benefitting from the comfort and predictability inherent in stability AND embrace the fresh energy and ideas that change can bring. When this tension is poorly balanced or ignored all together, you will witness stagnation where the desire was stability. And/or you will witness chaos when change was the sole focus. When leaders mistake a polarity to manage as a problem to solve, the tension between the poles is converted into destructive energy. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Manager's Toolbox: Polarity Skills Project: Page 1
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Individual Team The Polarity Map High Performing Team Poorly Performing Team We manage some polarities well and some poorly. To manage a polarity well involves appreciating and giving focus to both poles. The individual strengths include individual freedom, individual initiative and uniqueness. These characteristics are the positive, upside quadrant of the polarity map for Individuality. The downsides or negative quadrant for this same characteristic include isolation and lack of team support. Each of the team
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