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Episode #50: Managing complex systems with "both/and" thinking - the practice of a polarity thinking

Barry Johnson first developed the principles of polarity thinking and maps in 1975. As the founder and leading practitioner of ‘both/and’ thinking, he offers a unique perspective on its application across business, politics, and society. As we increasingly understand the difference between solving problems AND managing complex systems, polarity thinking becomes a critical leadership capability for the 21st century! Let’s go for purpose AND profit, caring AND accountability, stakeholders AND shareholders!!!

Listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

About Barry Johnson:

In 1975, Barry created the first Polarity Map® and set of principles.

Barry has worked with: Business and Industry - Amoco, Intel of Ireland, Cargill, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Natura of Brazil, SASOL; Government - International Atomic Energy Agency, US Department of Defense; Education - Harvard, Notre Dame: and Not-for-profits – Bread for the World.

Barry and his wife, Dana enjoy kayaking and walking together anywhere. They have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

His most recent book is: AND, Making a Difference by Leveraging Polarity, Paradox, or Dilemma, Volume One: Applications , HRD Press 2020. A second book, Volume Two: Applications was written by Polarity Practitioners, HRD Press 2021.


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