Design by Removal creates Innovation (a great lesson Labor can learn)

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Oftentimes, we ask ourselves “What aren’t we doing? Why aren’t we getting the outcomes we want?” Well, here’s another approach… I now ask myself, “ok…is there one less thing I can do?” This sounds like blasphemy for DOERS. But maybe … Continue reading

The Power of Both/And thinking

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I think the power of polarity maps–when worked through well–is that it gives people more choices. It gets them unstuck. Seeing the whole picture helps people be more intentional and empowered. A review of my work with a client who … Continue reading

Polarity Thinking: New Study Shows a Correlation Between Tightness & Looseness and If a State is Red or Blue

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I recently read the article How “tightness” vs “looseness” explains the U.S. political map by Chris Cillizza. It’s a very interesting article that parallels concepts that mirror polarity thinking. Polarity thinkers have a maxim about “finding the genius of Both/And and moving … Continue reading

Gifts-mining at Starfire

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People have probably heard of the concept of data-mining–the practice of inventorying particular defined indicators for an intended purpose. Well, identifying Gifts is not just a feel-good thing to do. Gifts-mining is the intentional and structured way of discovering what people are … Continue reading

Asset-Based approach to building organizations

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Asset-Based approach to building organizations   Some new thoughts based off of my collaboration with communities and organizations…..   The few basic premises that form the foundational principles are: Communities/Organizations can do more by having an ASSETS-based approach rather than … Continue reading

6 Conversations that Matter (Peter Block)

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   6 Conversations that Matter™ (Peter Block’s leadership language in action)    Power of Narrative Empire Peter wove in the work of scripture scholar Dr. Walter Brueggman around the archetypal narrative of the Pharoah.  Modern day society resembles the form … Continue reading

The Genius of BOTH/AND Thinking (Polarity Thinking learning community)

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This will be my REFLECTION JOURNEY. It’s been a couple of weeks now–and I’m still processing… I hope my new friends from the Polarity Thinking Learning Community (PTLC) help contribute to my deep meaning from these incredible 2 days. AND … Continue reading

Sweating The Small Stuff – My Favorite Quotes

Below is a collection of some of my favorite quotes on details and the small stuff… “Inches make champions” — Vince Lombardi “You find out life’s this game of inches, so is football. Because in either game – life or … Continue reading