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About Cliff Kayser

Cliff is an experienced organization development (OD) consultant, executive coach, and leadership trainer overseeing Polarity Partnerships' east coast operations out of Washington, DC. In 2017, Cliff became a founding partner of the 501(c)3 organization the Institute for Polarities of Democracy and in 2018 the healthcare coaching/consulting firm, SixSEED Partners. Cliff is a faculty member at American University's Master's in OD and KEY Executive programs and is a Coaching Fellow for George Mason's Accredited Coach Training Program under the Center for the Advancement of Well-being. His past work experience includes VP of Organizational Development and Training for The National Cooperative Bank, Senior OD Consultant for The Washington Post, and Corporate Manager of Human Resources (HR) and Training for The Washington Post Company. Cliff earned Master's Degrees in OD (2007) and HR Management (1998) from The American University and his Coaching Certification from Georgetown's Executive Leadership Coaching Program in (2008). He is a PCC (Professional Certified Coach) and a graduate of the 2-year Polarity Mastery program (2010), and has served as the program dean since 2014.

Organizing Wisdom and Reclaiming the Power of Our Stories

By |2020-03-06T16:37:33-05:00March 6th, 2020|Polarity Thinking|

(This article was written in collaboration with my good friends and colleagues, Bert Parlee, PhD and Ann Deaton, PhD) The significant events that impacted your perspective become the stories from which you learn and teach as an authentic leader. (Tichy, 2002) Our organizations, our teams, and our lives are made up of experiences, perspectives, relationships, and [...]

OMG. I Can LOVE Donald Trump…

By |2020-03-20T12:45:28-05:00March 3rd, 2020|Polarity Thinking|

A heroe of mine, Brene' Brown describes "floodlighting" as fear-based oversharing before you've processed adequately. I so hope this post isn't that. And, I know there's a real-time personal/public therapy dimension here. Last chance to look away... Full disclosure and disclaimer aside. Dr. King said, "Let no man pull you so low as to hate [...]

Make and Keep Us All Great: The Polarities of Democracy

By |2020-03-03T17:03:31-05:00March 2nd, 2020|Continuity and Transformation, Freedom and Authority, Freedom AND Equality, Individual Justice and Collective Justice, Institute for Polarities of Democracy, Polarity Thinking|

(Portions of the text below is taken from an article by William Benet, PhD, Suzanne Rackl, MM, CFRE, CFRM and Cliff Kayser, MSHR, MSOD, PCC) In 2017, the Institute for Polarities of Democracy was established as a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization to promote and advance the Polarity Thinking theory of Dr. Barry Johnson and the Polarities of Democracy [...]

Judith Glaser’s Three Polarity Multarity of Conversational Intelligence™

By |2020-03-11T09:12:00-05:00February 27th, 2020|Polarity Thinking|

On November 18, 2018 Judith Glaser died from pancreatic cancer. She was a lifetime student of human behavior, organizational anthropologist, corporate consultant, executive coach, and best-selling business author. I thought of her and her great work recently when, while intending to hold a family member accountable for a social media post I believed was offensive, [...]

Seven Polarities: Harvard Business Review

By |2020-03-11T09:12:30-05:00February 27th, 2020|Polarity Thinking|

A February 20, 2020 Harvard Business Review article by Jennifer Jordan, Michael Wade, and Elizabeth Teracino contrast traditional leadership model with a new-emerging one. One of the key points is: “…to be successful in the current environment, executives need to be good at both styles. If a leader relies solely on positional authority he/she will run [...]

Scaling Leadership: Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most

By |2020-03-03T11:11:31-05:00February 25th, 2020|Polarity Thinking, Scaling Leadership|

Scaling Leadership: Building Organizational Capability and Capacity to Create Outcomes that Matter Most Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams Wiley, 2019   Key Themes “Conscious” -- Introduction pg. xx (Discussion of scale) “…the only way for this to happen is for conscious leaders to scale conscious leadership.” Pg. 3 -- “At a certain point, [...]

Support for the Seeing Step 1: The Important Distinction Between Technical and Adaptive Thinking

By |2020-03-03T11:11:53-05:00February 24th, 2020|Polarity Thinking|

Summary of “Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for A Complex World” by retired Army General Stanley McChrystal For additional focus on Team of Teams, see: https://www.xperienceit.com/growing-a-culture-of-purpose-and-trust/ “If there is a single key point that stands head and shoulders above the rest in my mind, it is this: The never-ending quest for efficiency must [...]

Joint Chiefs of Staff Paper on Polarity

By |2020-02-18T23:53:13-05:00February 18th, 2020|Polarity Thinking|

Among the award-winning papers for 2015-2016 that were recently featured on the Joint Chiefs of Staff website is, “PARADOX & POLARITY: TOOLS FOR MANAGING COMPLEXITY” by Tod A. Roy of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  JPME (Joint Professional Military Education) institutions are potentially valuable sources for lessons learned and of military academic research results. Mr. Roy’s [...]

Chapter 1 of the Tao Te Ching

By |2021-09-04T15:22:53-05:00January 5th, 2020|Polarity Thinking|

From time to time I'm asked when or how my “path to polarity” began and because I’m a consultant and executive coach my answer is, “it depends" (in this case, on when you start counting). In one sense my path is the same as everyone's  -- we’re all on our polarity path -- trying to [...]

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