Polarities Videos and Media

In this video, you’ll see some highlights from Cliff Kayser’s presentation of “Application of Polarity Thinking in Organizations” to an audience in Shanghai, China.

Polarities Content and Videos featuring Barry Johnson

In this video by Weaving Influence, join Barry Johnson, Leslie DePol, and Cliff Kayser as they dive deeper into the concept of AND-thinking, and share real-world techniques to bridge the divides that separate us and move towards understanding and healing.

In this video by Weaving Influence, Barry Johnson discusses how to leverage the tension within polarized situations by supplementing Or-thinking with And-thinking in five clear steps.

New Book Shows How Polarity Thinking Can Drive Success for Leaders

From George Mason University’s
Center for the Advancement of Well-being:

New Book Shows How Polarity Thinking Can Drive Success for Leaders by Whitney Hopler

GMU’s Polarity Thinking Program features two sections on Polarity Thinking, which each feature live virtual instruction, and are open for Fall 2020 enrollment until October 2.

In this video Barry Johnson discussed polarities in relation to Global Warming.

This video focuses on polarities in coaching with Barry Johnson.

The Institute for Polarities of Democracy educates doctoral candidates, post-doctoral graduates, and others in using PACT™ (Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation) and Polarities of Democracy tools and processes to advance organizational well-being and create healthy, sustainable, and just communities.

Polarities of Democracy: The Role of Theory in Effecting Social Change by Scholar-Practitioners

The video presentation to the right is conducted by Suzanne Rackl, and Dr. William Benet, CSBS. This session explores the Polarities of Democracy Theory (POD) of positive social change in a scholar-practitioner’s work, tracing the experience of the presenters’ use of theory inside and outside academia.

Also see:

The Case for Public Education: A Question of Survival
by William J. Benet, Ph.D

Polarity Thinking Applications in Law Enforcement

Charleston Police Department:

See the video to the right, “From Tragedy to Trust” Charleston, 1-year Later (after the Emanuel AME Tragedy)

Changes in strategy:

2010-2015 Strategy

2015-2019 Strategy

The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Paradox

“AND” The Grace Between Right or Wrong

In the video to the right, Cliff Kayser, Chandra Irvin, and Margaret Seidler discuss the use of Polarities Map to bring disparate groups together in dialog as part of the Leadership Forum Community 2021.


The Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation

To the right is a short video created for a program at American University, Cliff provides a basic (very) overview of the PACT 5-Step “SMALL” process (Seeing, Mapping, Assessing, Learning, and Leveraging).

What are polarities?

How do they work?

Why is polarity thinking a critical competency for 21st Century leaders and not another management fad or flavor of the month?

National Education Association, 2017 Leadership Summit

National Education Assoc. VP, Becky Pringle introduces Cliff, who provides a brief overview of polarity thinking in the context of racial justice in education, community challenges, and NEA operations.

(20+ minutes)

Cliff and Russ Gaskin’s Keynote at the Systems Thinking in Action Conference

Russ Gaskin and Cliff discuss polarity thinking in the context of systems, as well as problem solving through “Either-Or” and “Both-And” thinking to transcend paradigms.

Other Videos:

Harvard’s Innovation Lab discusses Polarity Thinking as part of a set of tools to address the realities of complexity and become a Complex Adaptive System

Join Dr. Krister Lowe and leading organizational coach Cliff Kayser for this week’s episode of The Team Coaching Zone Podcast.  In this episode of the podcast, Cliff introduces listeners to “polarity thinking” and illustrates how this powerful framework can be used to drive leadership and team coaching.  Themes explored in the episode include: an introduction to polarity thinking; polarity maps; solvable problems vs. polarities; the 5-step process to leveraging polarities (Seeing, Mapping, Assessing, Learning, Leveraging); using polarities to go from “Good to Great” and more.  Cliff shares examples from his own practice of helping clients leverage polarities to drive leadership, team and organizational development.  Leadership and team coaches will find the polarity framework and tools a powerful addition to their coaching toolkit!