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Polarity Partnerships is proud to partner with consulting and training organizations to leverage Polarity Thinking™ in the world in a bigger way. You can see our full list of current partners certified to deliver Polarity Thinking™ programs and the services below. For information on how to become a Strategic Partner, and how to use Polarity Thinking™ concepts, practices and tools with your organization and clients, please contact us.
The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) offers what no one else can: an exclusive focus on leadership education and research and unparalleled expertise in solving the leadership challenges of individuals and organizations everywhere. We equip clients around the world with the skills and insight to achieve more than they thought possible through creative leadership.
What is creative leadership? It's the capacity to think and act beyond the boundaries that limit our effectiveness. Every leader and organization faces obstacles that are difficult to surmount - from corporate executives confronting the complex global marketplace to educators trying to lift student achievement to nonprofit groups and government agencies addressing critical social issues with tight budgets.
CCL believes that solutions to these challenges exist — and for over 40 years we have helped clients unlock them through creative leadership. We believe leaders are made, not born, and that they can adapt and change. We believe that strong interpersonal skills, grounded in personal reflection and self-awareness, are the key to effective leadership.
Sierra-Cedar delivers innovative change management services to help our Workday clients prepare for and manage the business, organizational and workforce transitions in environments that are moving at an accelerating pace. Most traditional transformation and adoption approaches use either/or and from/to thinking, searching for "one right answer." This approach can unintentionally distort the picture of an organization's present realities, putting them on an unsustainable course and preventing the organization from achieving desired results.
Our approach is a quantitative, results-based process where actionable activities are developed to address opposing opinions or desires specifically identified by an organization’s stakeholders. We leverage distinctive, data-driven insights to increase the certainty of a successful Workday deployment and help organizations obtain clarity about their strengths and vulnerabilities when approaching a Workday deployment.
Our goal is to help organizations become thriving, self-sufficient and empowered to embrace the continuous change inherent with a Workday solution.
Real Time Strategic Change is a global consulting firm specialized in helping organizations create fast and lasting results. Our mission is to support companies, communities, and countries in creating fast and lasting results — whatever they may be. We work with our clients using these values:
At first value pairs may seem like they’re in conflict with each other. However, they’re no more in conflict than having to choose between making changes in your organization and keeping the status quo in place. But that’s a false choice. The best way to bring about change in an organization is to paradoxically reinforce what is going to stay the same.
These values that guide our work are based on this same concept called Polarity Thinking™.
Robert "Jake" Jacobs, founder and CEO of Real Time Strategic Change, is a pioneer in the field of large group interventions. He has authored and contributed to seven books and worked with some of the largest corporations in the world including American Express, Corning, Ford, The Home Depot, Marriott, Mobil Oil, and TJ Maxx.
Tricordant is a whole systems organisation design and development consultancy working with a range of organisations including public, private and not for profit sectors; enabling organisations to develop and transform so that the overall business becomes whole and healthy. The majority of Tricordant’s work will fall into one of three major groupings; strategy and accelerated transformation, analysing and improving complex situations, and mobilising everyone for leadership. Often our individual client work will cover, or draw upon, our expertise in all of these areas.
Tricordant design specific interventions tailored to the unique situation and needs of client organisations. We take a facilitative and co-created approach; we believe in working with clients and stakeholders to develop the best possible outcomes through harnessing the power of their knowledge and experience.
We regularly run training courses on our organisation design and development approaches and methodologies and have trained many associate consultants, clients and their teams. We are an accredited European partner for Polarity Thinking™.
The primary emphasis of Frew & Associates programs is to expose leaders at every level to foundational and often invisible performance and leadership concepts, that if mastered, can result in peak performing individuals, teams, and organizations. We promote a High Order Thought ™ framework that promotes higher clarity of thought. The concept includes mind state awareness, appropriate thinking and mindsets, effective communications, and using reflection as a way of generating new and better insight. We illuminate typical illusions and explore the use of energy in an effort to expand boundaries and horizons. The application of Polarity Thinking is often used to help our clients meet increasingly complex business challenges and that feeds conflict and inhibits growth and change. We provide a variety of forums and interventions that improve trust, alignment, communication, performance and organizational health.
Our work has proven valuable to organizations being able to build stronger bench strength, be more agile and adaptive, as well as to create useful new cultures with which to deal with uncertain futures. We facilitate provocative, honest dialogs that encourage attendees to question their thinking and beliefs. Our combination of custom designed content, expert facilitation, integrated design, and provocative discussion have generated stronger organizations.
The Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation is an endowed center promoting interprofessional collaboration through the Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University. As a scholarly center developed to honor the legacy work of Bonnie Wesorick, it is home to the Interprofessional Institute for Polarity Thinking in Health Care, which is focused on teaching the skills of Polarity Thinking to groups in academia and practice.
The Wesorick Center also coordinates scholarly research, events and collaborative projects that join practice with academia to advance the transformation of health care and address issues within health care systems. The Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation aims to be the most relevant center that improves person-centered care and health outcomes as it links practice issues with academic services and innovations. Based in West Michigan, the center’s constituents include students, faculty and community partners from local, regional and international settings.
The key metric that reveals an organization’s cultural and financial health is voluntary employee turnover. Low turnover is correlated with teamwork, collaboration, engagement, productivity, efficiency, and profit. High turnover is correlated with unresolved conflict, silos, work-arounds, territoriality, and wasted time and money.
Based on the work of pioneer executive coach Dr. J. W. Thomas beginning in the 1950s and continuing today, Opposite Strengths is the only psychological system that applies the universal concept behind Polarity Thinking to the psychology of individual and organizational growth. As more and more individual employees internalize and understand the concept behind Polarity Thinking in terms of three pairs of opposite psychological strengths (Thinking/Risking, Practical/Theoretical Thinking, and Dependent/Independent Risking), the organization increasingly benefits from the teamwork, collaboration, and engagement that result.
Our experience in cascading the Opposite Strengths language throughout client organizations proves that adopting Opposite Strengths as a common language of communication and relationships throughout an organization creates an energized culture in which turnover rates plummet, productivity increases, and the organization’s bottom line becomes healthier.
Threshold Associates facilitate transformational change in organizations and communities through stakeholder engagement, large-scale change processes and leadership development. We work with business, community and public service leaders (within Canada and Internationally) to develop their capacity to bridge differences and work effectively across sectors. Our approaches to transformational change help our clients learn to rethink issues, create innovative solutions to persistent challenges, and foster long-term growth and resilience.
We address what we have come to call "messy opportunities" – social problems or business opportunities that defy ordinary conflict resolution strategies or technical fixes; issues that go beyond problem solving and into the realm of stakeholder co-creation. This is where polarity thinking comes in. We use polarity thinking to help organizations, teams and leaders use the tensions and trade-offs that arise in their strategic and operational planning as levers for faster and more sustainable change.
We value partnering and building capability with our clients. This means that our clients are able to continue the work we begin together, whether the focus is on leadership development, polarity thinking or large system change. We build capability throughout an engagement, working shoulder to shoulder with business leaders in designing and implementing approaches to address messy opportunities they face and sustain momentum and change after we leave.
The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) is an international foundation established in 1995, with 51 member states, for the primary purpose of promoting peace, security and international cooperation through executive education, dialogue and policy analysis. The centre equips a diverse range of experts, leaders and practitioners with the skills and community they need to help their organizations thrive in today’s ever-changing security landscape. Specialties Include: Security Policy, Dialogue, Courses, Executive Education, Policy Analysis, Crisis Management, Peace-building, Cyber Security, Defense and Diplomacy, Outer Space Security, Arms Proliferation, Global Risk and Resilience, and Geopolitics.
What was to become the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) has its roots in a training program designed on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation to strengthen national expertise in the field of disarmament in the midst of the Cold War. Putting in place a nine month executive course to train government officials in pertinent issues on international security, it quickly turned out that there was a pressing need for comprehensive security training, not only in Switzerland but also in many other European countries and beyond. It was therefore only logical in 1995 to create a foundation under Swiss law with the support and guidance of an international Foundation Council.
With Switzerland’s participation in the Partnership for Peace (PfP) a year later – an initiative led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to enhance transatlantic security cooperation – and its affiliation with the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) in 1997, the groundwork was laid for the GCSP to become an expedient tool of Swiss foreign and security policy, or as the then GCSP Director Ambassador Theodor Winkler has put it “une place d’armes pour la paix”.
Since its creation 20 years ago, the GCSP has become a reputable institution delivering high quality executive education programs in international security policy, not only for participants in Switzerland and Europe but also worldwide. In addition, the Centre has made its mark as an institution producing and disseminating policy-relevant ideas in specific issue areas, as well as a platform for dialogue and exchange in International Geneva.
The Center for Character Based Leadership - Minneapolis, MN: All of our character development work is addressed with a keen awareness of the larger performance culture. How does your culture support collective performance success? And, even more important, do you have the kind of resilient culture that sustains organizational success over time?
All our character development work is guided by these questions:
• How will the performance culture support and sustain development of individuals and teams?
• What performance culture variables need explicit attention so that there is greater alignment for achieving and sustaining results?
When left unattended, culture can become an unintended barrier to putting new ideas into action. This “cultural drift” gets in the way of action. We work with your leaders to see themselves as active culture builders. We work with you to identify and focus on the cultural levers that will make a real difference to your performance culture. With clear intentions we can focus on the right indicators to help everyone track and have robust conversations about action and accountability for shaping a productive, resilient culture.
What's the one change in you, in your team or company—that will bring about the biggest ROI? What current job/life challenge is igniting your energy to learn and grow? What current market condition or industry shift is challenging your organization to change?