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Foundations in PACT™


Foundations in PACT™

Upcoming Programs

We offer our Foundations in PACT™ Program both in person and online. The in person course is a 2 day workshop with follow up support to complete an Action Learning Project. The Online Foundations in PACT™ provides online learning paired with assignments and real-world applications over a period of weeks. This program leverages flexibility AND structure in its design with self-direction on the part of students who can expect to commit a total of 20-30 hours of study time, which includes four 2-hour live videoconferences. Readings, videos to watch, and assignments are required for completion in advance of each 2-hour videoconference meetings, including the first meeting. Each student should budget approximately 5-7 hours for preparation and study prior to each virtual meeting. Successful completion of the program fulfills the prerequisite for the Advanced Applications in PACT™: Certification and Licensing Program and the 2-year Polarity Mastery Program.

Purpose - Build foundational knowledge, skills and experience in Polarity Thinking™ and the Polarity Approach to Continuity and Transformation (PACT™)

Desired Outcomes:

  • Clearly understand and describe what polarities are and how they work in human systems
  • Distinguish problems to solve from polarities to leverage
  • Become familiar with common polarities in the business literature
  • Learn and apply the 5-Step S.M.A.L.L. process for leveraging polarities:
    • Seeing - appreciate complex challenges and opportunities and see more of the whole reality
    • Mapping - identify your desired results, values, and fears related to your most strategic Polarities with the Polarity Map®
    • Assessing - use the Polarity Assessment™ to gather information from key stakeholders, team members, employees, etc.
    • Learning – make meaning from assessment results, gaining insight into current strengths and vulnerabilities
    • Leveraging – develop quality Action Steps and measurable Early Warnings to help achieve your preferred future faster and more sustainably 
  • Learn how leaders, teams, and organization systems get hooked and stuck in Polarity tensions, and the process for getting unstuck
  • Apply the PACT™ in an Action Learning Project

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Advanced Applications in PACT™

Advanced Applications in PACT™

Upcoming Programs


This program is designed for HR, OD and Consulting / Coaching professionals to become certified and licensed to deliver Polarity Thinking™ processes and apply our most advanced tools including the Polarity Assessment™. This course blends our Foundations in PACT™ and Advanced Applications in PACT™ Courses, and has no pre-requisites.

In today's world of increasing interdependency and complexity, it is vital to utilize problem solving AND both/and thinking to address your most strategic challenges and opportunities. The research is clear - leaders, teams and organizations that leverage Polarities well outperform those that don't. Discover how to leverage your most strategic Polarities (AKA paradox, wicked problems, chronic tensions, dilemmas, etc.) to become more innovative, agile, profitable and competitive immediately and over time. Learn more about the Polarity Approach in this video.

Program Details

3 Day Workshop Intensive
Two 2-hour Facilitated Webinars
4 hours 1-1 Coaching and Mentoring on First Client Projects
394 Page Consultant Guidebook
1 Year Consultant Access to the Polarity Resource Portal

Integrate PACT™ and the Polarity Assessment™ into Your Context & Practice

Certification & Licensing in PACT™ Foundations and Advanced Applications

Training and Development
Leadership and Executive Coaching
Organization Effectiveness Consulting
Strategy Development & Execution
Vision, Mission and Culture Alignment
Individual & Organization Effectiveness
Executive Coaching
Leadership Development
Organization Design and Structure
Conflict and Diversity
Community Development

Step 1: Seeing – Appreciate complex challenges and opportunities and see more of the whole reality

Step 2: Mapping – Identify desired results, values, and competencies

Step 3: Assessing – Utilize the Polarity Assessment™ to gather quantitative metrics from key stakeholders

Step 4: Learning – Make meaning from Assessment results, gaining insight into current strengths and vulnerabilities

Step 5: Leveraging – Develop and execute strategies to achieve and sustain desired results.


Custom Workshops

Custom Workshops

Polarity Partnerships offers custom workshops to introduce and apply Polarity Thinking™ and the Polarity Approach to Continuity and Transformation (PACT™) in your context. Basic program objectives include:

  • Describe what polarities are and how they work
  • Appreciate the value of "Either/Or" Problem Solving & "Both/And" Polarity Leveraging
  • Understand why using "Either/Or" Thinking to address Polarities doesn't work
  • Use resistance as a valuable resource for significant, sustainable change
  • Effectively leverage polarities over time to raise your performance ceiling & sustain a competitive advantage over time
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Polarity Mastery Program

Polarity Mastery Program

The Polarity Mastery Program is a 2 year program of small cohorts that explores Polarity theory and application at a deep level. 


  • Learn from the collective experience, latest thinking, and current application from Polarity Thinking™ Mastery faculty, graduates, and Master, Barry Johnson, Ph.D.
  • Build depth and breadth of both knowledge and skills in a small cohort (7-12) of experienced Polarity Thinking™ practitioners
  • Promote your growth and visibility as a skilled and knowledgeable resource in the Polarity Partnerships community
  • Contribute your unique gifts to the Polarity Thinking™ theory and practice in a supportive learning community

Program Components

  • Meet every 3 months at Kayser Ridge Retreat & Learning Center or on location/near a client site
  • Use The Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation (PACT™) as a cohort consulting team in a not-for-profit organization
  • Develop and apply Polarity Thinking™ knowledge and skill competencies to self and systems


  • Completion of Foundations in Polarity Thinking™
  • Experience applying Polarity Thinking™ for clients and/or client systems

Next Program Begins in September 2017

Year 2 Dates

Year 1 Dates

  • September 15th - 18th
  • December 8th - 11th  
  • March 9th - 12th  
  • June 8th - 11th
  • September 16th - 19th
  • December 9th - 12th
  • March 10th - 13th
  • June 9th - 12th