10-11 December 2019

SMU Administration Building

Polarity Thinking: The Power of “And“

A challenge in managing people and teams / organisations is that many dilemmas don’t have one right answer. Instead, potential solutions often pull in opposite directions, compelling leaders to choose one response at the expense of the other. Polarity Thinking shows that by adopting a both/and rather than an either/or approach, teams / organisations can harness the upside – and minimize the downside – of each side of a polarity. Tools like Polarity Maps can help in developing a full picture of both sides of a polarity and in anticipating the natural flow of energy from one side to the other. By learning how to manage seemingly irreconcilable trade-offs in this way, leaders can increase the likelihood of arriving at solutions that support both short-term and long-term organizational success.

Concurrent Workshops 2
(10 Dec, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM)

Concurrent Workshops 3
(11 Dec, 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM)




Muhammed Faizad

Assistant Department Head, Student Leadership, Raffles Institution